So I've been taking photos of living things fairly regularly for about 10 years now at Port Stephens.  While doing this ( unless you are completely unobservant ) you see the patterns of life that present as the seasons change. Its no good looking for some insects and most migratory shorebirds in winter because they just aren't there. Reptiles are more active in the warmer months, though I did see 2 snakes a few years back on the shortest day of the year. That day was particularly wet with lots of frogs about, so maybe food had brought the snakes out. So a local event can over-ride the normal.  Winter and spring are the times for our native orchids to bloom. Winter can often be when the best sunsets occurr.   As I type this in mid November I can hear a Dollarbird outside - another summer fly in visitor

I consider myself to be a bit of an opportunistic photographer and look foward to the opportunities that come with each season. One of the spring events I look foward to is the flowering of Coral Trees. These are not native and dangerously brittle. Some of the larger Honeyeaters particularly enjoy feeding on the Coral Tree flowers. When they do some nice photos can be had particularly of Blue-faced Honeyeaters.

Blue-faced Honeyeater feeding on Coral Tree flower - a 2015 non event locally.

As I mentioned earlier local conditions can overide normal seasonal events.  This year for whatever reason the local Coral trees did not bloom. Oh well, maybe next year God willing.