Sherry: nice poppies and hollyhocks!
TW: My best guess is that your insect is an Oak Bush-Cricket (Meconema thalassinum
). Two things I know for SURE is that:
1) it's immature, as it has no wings, so that means it can't breed yet and
2) it is female - that slightly upraised "tail-like appendage" is an ovipositor (not a male appendage as many people might think lol)
Copago: lovely shot of the Australian pelicans - I especially like how you caught the bird with the light behind it - shows how really pink the beak pouch is. Would make a nice watercolour painting.
Our white pelicans aren't pure white (you can usually only find those around Africa). Ours do have some black on the edges of the wings, but you can't see it unless they are in flight.. as in this pic, when I came a little too close to their breeding roosts. They are such big ungainly birds on land, it makes you wonder how they ever get into the air at all lol