For my first blog post I’d like to share some images of what must be the most photographed group in my entire portfolio. Peacock spiders!
While B-Shizz has managed to find Maratus volans, and Bridgette is yet to find her first peacock spider, during the right time of the year the bright little beasties are pretty much everywhere over here in WA. Last year I managed to track down 25 different species between Kalbarri and Esperance and these are a few of my favourite images and species.
Without a doubt, finding the Starry Night peacock, Maratus constellatus, was a highlight of my peacock year. This species has only been recorded a few times before and all from the same location; Kalbarri National Park. After a long day of fruitless searching I finally found two of these little boys just before sun down on literally on the same individual bush as they had first been seen a few years earlier. I think the composition of this image, standing on the end of a twig staring into the great beyond, really fits with the starry night theme of this species.