1) 2m long eastern brown snake sunning herself on the caller's back steps
2) injured galah
"Are they native bees?" I asked
"Er. I don't know. They look like the sort that sting," she said.
Non-native bees, then. I gave her the phone numbers of all the local bee keepers and wished her good luck. Native bees are small, black and stingless, so raiding the nest is easy.