One of three Intermediate Egrets seen at this location, with a fourth bird about 200m away. This one is in breeding plumage / breeding flush. Note the shorter neck than Great Egret, breeding plumes on the back and breast, shorter bill with reddish colour, and the line of gape that extends to just below the eye.
Strange looking wasp mimic. When I first saw it, it was flying between flowers, and in flight it looked like a gasteruptiid or ichneumon wasp with a similar style of flying. It was quite quick and difficult to photograph, but after a while it stayed still and I got a few photos. The face looks like a longicorn beetle. Until I got a photo of the face, I thought it was a wasp. After a bit of google searching I think this is Enchoptera apicalis.
I looked for these for at least two hours and then got lucky. Two appeared in front of me and perched, as if they came from nowhere, stayed just long enough for a photo, then flew away quickly and were not seen again. Right place, right time, mega lucky.
Heavilly cropped photos, not the best images, but a new one for me and a new one for NatureShare. I only had very distant views. I was lucky to see them as they didn't call at all and I only saw them because I saw something move from the corner of my eye.