Bird Orchids

(8 photos, click to enlarge) – These small Chiloglottis triceratops orchids grow close to the ground and can be hard to spot against leaf litter. The easiest way to find them is to look for their bright green leaves on the ground. They can grow in sizeable groups spreading like a ground cover but each flower seems to have it’s own personality.

The wind was a big challenge photographing orchids with 15 focus stacked images but these ones really made me laugh. The bottom “jaw” would wobble up and down like they were singing!

The following ones were found two days later, I’m not sure if it’s the weather that’s caused the variation in colour or the way they age.

Photobombed by a fly and an ant! The fly was only in 2 of the 15 shots but fortunately well in focus! You can see some movement of the “jaw” on the orchid to the right.

Thanks for viewing, greetings from Tasmania πŸ˜€

9 thoughts on “Bird Orchids

  1. Wow, I’ve never seen a flower like this, amazing! The dark verticle things are just a bit creepy, as though the plant is going to lurch and grab you. πŸ˜‚β˜ΊοΈ

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  2. They are so tiny; the fly looks like Godzilla next to the orchid. They do look like they are singing. In the third and fourth photos, they are conducting the orchestra. πŸ™‚

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    1. The fly does give an idea of scale, I should carry one with me! 😝 I see what you mean by conducting, with out-stretched arms, a little group of them flapping away looked like a choir so maybe they were singing for the faeries 🧚 🎢

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