Saturday, November 14, 2015

White-throated Gerygone building her nest

14th November 2015


Over the last week and a half, we have watched the size of this nest made of spider silk and grasses grow markedly in size.  The nest is hanging from very small branches on an ironbark tree at our patch.  We had noticed a little bird tending to the nest, but it has taken a week for us to get a good look at her.  Today, even though it was overcast and about to rain, I was able to get a few photos of this beautiful White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis), tending to the nest.  The little bird darted in and out with nesting material and kept re-arranging the nest.

It is three years since we have noticed a White-throated Gerygone nest here at Jarowair.  It is interesting to note that the tree chosen is only a few meters away from the gum tree that the birds have used in previous years.  (see Previous post from 2012 here).  

White-throated Gerygones are insect eaters and are common in south-eastern Australia.  They have a beautiful happy little trill sound and are most enjoyable to watch.  You can listen to the noise they make on the Birds in Backyards Website here

J & B
White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis) Nest
White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis) tending to the nest

White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone albogularis) in the same tree as the nest.

White-throated Gerygone Nest 13/11/15

Friday, November 13, 2015

Nocturnal White Crowned Snake

13th November 2015


The White-crowned Snake (Cacophis harriettae) is a quiet beautiful snake with a shimmery grey body colour like above and below with a cream stripe around the snout and neck area.  They grow to around 50cm in length and hunt at night for skinks and their eggs.  This one was found at our patch quietly moving around at night.  The last sighting we had of one here was of a dead juvenile found caught in a spider web in February 2014, and previous to that a live one in March 2013.  Such a beautiful snake!

B & J.

White-crowned Snake (Cacophis harriettae)

White-crowned Snake (Cacophis harriettae)

White-crowned Snake (Cacophis harriettae)

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Galah Acrobatics in the Rain

08th November 2015

Galah Acrobatics in the Rain at Jarowair

A heavy rainstorm in the middle of the day had us all heading inside.  As we stood in the kitchen, we noticed a pair of Galah's having a ball doing acrobatics on the end of a high tree branch in the rain. They were quite entertaining and I couldn't resist taking a few photos of them.  The photos are a bit dark and blurry due to the storm, but I had to add them anyway.  J.G.

This one is my favourite of the lot!