Saturday, August 22, 2015

Australian King Parrot Pair


These local Australian King Parrot pair, visit us at Jarowair sporadically.  Last Sunday they turned up on the veranda and this means that they would like a special treat.  They love almonds and happily let me take a few photos.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Macro lens for iPhone

This weeks purchase of a tiny macro lens for my iPhone has been fun to test out today, with surprisingly good results! Photos taken direct from my iphone6 without any editing or adjustments.  

Monday, June 1, 2015

Sugar Gliders in Nesting Box

Late Sunday afternoon, after installing another nesting box at Jarowair and re-attaching another, Brendon decided to check out the contents of a few of the boxes in the vicinity at Jarowair. On inspecting one that was made from a hollow log, a startled young sugar glider emerged from the entry hole and scampered out onto a nearby branch. A peek inside the lid of the box showed the rest of the sugar family. He took a quick photo on the phone and closed the lid up.

Sugar Gliders inside a nesting box at Jarowair 31/05/15

The Sugar Glider Escapee

A few of the boxes were empty, but had evidence of recent inhabitants. One of our resident possums "Prince" stuck his head out of a box when he saw the unexpected visitor arriving! 

"Prince" one of our favourite old resident possums popping his head out of the box to say hello to Brendon up the ladder.

Ole "Prince" looks a little worn and is blind in one eye, but he is the sweetest nature for a male possum, very friendly and quiet.

Nesting boxes are a wonderful addition to the natural hollows we have at Jarowair. We believe without a doubt that we have had a marked increase in Gliders, both Sugar and Squirrel, since the installation of over 25+ boxes of various sizes and locations throughout our property.

J & B  

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Robust Blind Snake 19/04/2015

19th April 2015

This Robust Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops ligatus) was found while working out in the yard at Jarowair.  We have seen these here before and had them identified by an expert, so we were confident on the identification when we came across this one.  It was released after having his photo taken.

B & J

Robust Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops ligatus)

Robust Blind Snake (Ramphotyphlops ligatus)

Friday, February 27, 2015

Spotted Black Snake in the Pool 27/02/15

iPhone Photo of juvenile Spotted Black Snake in the pool at Jarowair 27/02/15 before I relocated it.
There was a bit of excitement for me this afternoon when I noticed this little guy (Spotted black snake) doing laps in the pool smile emoticon he was much happier after I relocated him down at the creek, and so was the relieved frog who was also doing its best to avoid its swimming companion in the pool!

This particular Spotted Black Snake (aka Blue-bellied Black Snake) (Pseudechis guttatus) was around 35-40cm long and I was told by local snake expert Nathan, that it would have been last years baby.

Queensland Museum has some wonderful information about the Spotted Black Snake which can be found here.  I note that they mention that there has been a marked decline in this species in the Lockyer Valley over the last 30 years.

This is the smallest Spotted Black Snake that we have seen at Jarowair.  Over the years we have seen quite a few in varying colours.  This one in particular didn't have the typical blue grey belly that we normally see on the large snakes.


Friday, February 20, 2015

Wood Duck in Tree Hollow

The Noisy Miners and Butcher birds alerted me to this Female Wood Duck peeking out from a high tree hollow at Jarowair.  This particular tree is a popular one, but one that never seems to have any success with its occupants offspring, with resident goannas usually finding them before they get a chance.  The tree has many hollows and over our time here we have witnessed a large range of birds checking it out.


Female Wood Duck at Jarowair, 02/02/15

Female Wood Duck at Jarowair, 02/02/15

Monday, February 9, 2015

Return of the Emerald Spotted Tree Frog

When we first moved to our property Jarowair, the Emerald Spotted Tree Frog was one of the main frogs that we would see on a regular basis. Over the last couple of years we have noticed a real decline in this species, and have found that even in times of large rain which results in frog breeding frenzies, the Emerald Spotted isn't to be found.  We are not aware of any reason why they have declined, but note that friends who live on a large land for wildlife property near Kingaroy have also reported noticing a decline.

You can imagine my excitement to find one then, perched on our outdoor lounge on the deck one night when I went to cut some herbs for dinner.  I believe it is most likely around 12 months since we have recorded one at Jarowair.  I took a few photos and then let it be, but note I have not seen it on the deck since. J.G.

Emerald Spotted Tree Frog at Jarowair  09/02/15

Emerald Spotted Tree Frog at Jarowair  09/02/15