Friday, September 22, 2017

Rainbow Bee-eaters and Pelicans

22nd Sepember 2017

A pair of beautiful Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus)  have been witnessed perched on the fence between Jarowair and our neighbours place every now and then in the last few weeks, as well as high in the tree tops down the back of our property. I have seen them many times on the fence while driving home, but they take off as soon as you get close to try and take a photo.  I attempted today and took a couple of poor photos from a very long distance away, while trying to hold a stick above my head to prevent a magpie from swooping me!

The birds didn't stay on the fence for long and as I walked to try and get a better position they took off into neighbouring trees.  I thought I would just wait in the shade for a while to see if they returned, and while I was waiting and watching the magpie watching me.... a pair of wedge-tailed eagles were soaring above, and minutes later a pair of pelicans flew overhead!!  What a remarkable site these huge birds are flying over the drought stricken dry woodlands.  I am guessing they were on their way to somewhere better... flying over our property still counts as a bird record yes?

I do hope that the bee-eaters hang around for a while yet so I might have a chance at a decent photo. I am adding the ones I took today to the blog for our birding record.

J.G.

Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) at Jarowair 22/09/17

Rainbow Bee-eaters (Merops ornatus) & Willie Wagtail 22/09/17

Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) pair over Jarowair 22/09/17

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Re-purposed Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation

6th August 2017

These hollow logs, which have been salvaged (from trees that have been cut down in our local area for development) have been given a 'second  chance' as a home once again for wildlife today at Jarowair.  Brendon has turned the discarded logs into nesting hollows for birds, by adding sturdy tops and bottoms to the cut ends, which both had a natural side hollow entrance already, and has installed them here today in two different sized Eucalyptus tereticornis trees, ready to be loved again by local birds.  

Two different types of nest boxes have been crafted by Brendon, with different species in mind.  One for Pale-headed Rosellas, and another larger log for Galahs.  

It must be time for a nesting box count again at Jarowair as I have well and truly lost count now of how many we have here - I estimate around 35+ different types of artificial homes for wildlife been installed here by Brendon in the last 11 years. 

PALE-HEADED ROSELLA NESTING HOLLOW LOG INSTALLATION

Selecting the tree for the Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Pale-headed Rosellas at Jarowair

Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Pale-headed Rosellas at Jarowair

Brendon does all the hard work... making the boxes, climbing the ladder and installing these heavy monsters!
Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Pale-headed Rosellas at Jarowair

One down, one to go....Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for  Pale-headed Rosellas at Jarowair

GALAH - HOLLOW LOG NESTING BOX INSTALLATION

Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Galah's at Jarowair

Checking out the best spot for this very heavy Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Galah's at Jarowair

Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Galah's at Jarowair

Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Galah's at Jarowair

Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Galah's at Jarowair

The other "Galah"... my job consists of taking photos on the phone while trying to hold the ladder.. somehow I have taken this picture of myself concentrating on what was happening without even knowing hehe....Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Galah's at Jarowair

Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Galah's at Jarowair

All installed!  Hollow Log Nesting Box Installation for Galah's at Jarowair
B & J Gray

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wild Dog Pups found in hollow log

Whilst going for a walk on Saturday night on our property near Cooby Dam, I heard a strange noise coming from a big hollow log and discovered a litter of NINE wild dog pups. I raced back to the house and returned with my son, a cage n a crowbar. I must admit, knowing that the mother was probably watching me n hearing wild dogs howling in the background, I hastily grabbed the pups n couldn't get out of there quick enough!

B.G