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  

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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Carpet Python

This long Carpet Python was spotted clinging to the side of a large ironbark tree at Jarowair. It had clearly had a feed a litle while ago as it had a substantial lump in its body.  It was very placid and happy for us to take some photos.  Brendon stood beside it to show how long it was.  This one was relatively thin compared to some of others we have seen over the years, but the first one we have seen in a tree here.

J & B

Carpet Python at Jarowair 03/02/15

Carpet Python at Jarowair 03/02/15

Carpet Python at Jarowair 03/02/15

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2014 End of Year Overview from Jarowair

2014 has proved a wonderful year for everything Wildlife here at our little Land for Wildlife patch "Jarowair" in South-East Queensland.  While it is hard to list everything, here is an overview of our discoveries and adventures with wildlife this year:

Other wildlife adventures away from home this year included:

  • Weekly volunteering with Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation organization at Return to the Wild Inc.
  • Volunteering at World Environment Day in Toowoomba, spreading the conservation message and selling Wildlife Nesting Boxes.
  • Wildlife Nesting Box Display and stall at the Cabarlah Markets.
  • Brendon's Jarowair Nesting Boxes were displayed at the Geham Country Craft Fair in September.
  • Hosted a night time tour group on a guided spotlighting tour through Nielsen Park, Toowoomba as part of the Friends of the Escarpment Parks outing.
  • Started and ran an arduous campaign to protect the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields, which proved successful in a win , preserving the last patch of remnant bushland in Highfields, which proved successful with Toowoomba Regional Council Councillors choosing to vote for the option to preserve the reserve rather than the intended option to clear trees and undergrowth in a 3 meter wide area through the centre of the reserve for an un-necessary path.
  • Started and became the group co-ordinatior for the "Friends of Rogers Reserve Group" at the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve, which consists of a group of local people meeting once a month to maintain the bushland reserve in Highfields.
  • Organized Clean Up Australia Day at Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields.
  • Judi won the State Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland "Margaret Thorsborne Award"  for outstanding contribution by a member for my successful campaign to save the Charles and Motee Rogers Bushland Reserve at Highfields.
  • Joined the Committee for the Toowoomba Branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society and took on the role of Newsletter Editor.
  • Judi's photo of a Satin Bowerbird Bower featured in an exhibit for school children on "Animal Architecture" in Science World in Canada.
  • Met some amazing like minded people
  • Thoroughly enjoyed reading other's blog posts about their own patch of environment and local areas all over Australia and the World and being educated on all things wildlife and being inspired about great places to visit in Australia.
Happy New Year from the four of us and thank you for following our blogs this year, for your lovely comments, encouragement and helpful advice with identification of different species.  We are thankful for our neighbours who support our wildlife vision and for the family and friends who have made an effort to see our view of the world around us - we hope we have educated some of you and changed your view on our countries amazing wildlife and the need to protect their habitat.  We look forward to another wonderful year in 2015 and wonder what wildlife wonders we will come across at Jarowair in the new year.

Brendon, Judi, Cam & Kiki and all the critters. 

Happy New Year from the Gray Family at "Jarowair" South East Queensland.

Friday, December 26, 2014

New Frog at Jarowair - Wrinkled Toadlet

The recent rain saw a discovery of a tiny "new" frog at Jarowair. After taking many photos and observing it's call, we had to pass the information onto the experts for a positive identification. Many thanks to Rod Hobson (Resource Ranger, South West Region Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service) and Ed Meyer for the correct identification of this frog, the Wrinkled Toadlet (Uperoleia rugosa) aka Chubby Gungan, Eastern Burrowing Toadlet, Red-groined Toadlet, Rugose Toadlet.

Wrinkled Toadlet (Uperoleia rugosa) December 2014

Wrinkled Toadlet (Uperoleia rugosa)

Rod tells us that "The Uperoleia is a very difficult group with three very similar species found in our area viz. Uperoleia rugosa, U. laevigata and U. fusca. The calls are the best way of telling them apart. Generally rugosa has a reddish colouration to its groin and posterior of its thigh whereas both fusca and laevigata generally have an orange-yellowish colour in this area. The much-quoted pale “map of Tasmania” pattern on the rear of the head/upper back area for laevigata is not peculiar to this species therefore is not a diagnostic feature of that frog. In general I’ve found rugosa to be the most common of the three species on the eastern Darling Downs."

A new discovery is always exciting as we learn more about the frogs of our area. Thanks again Rod & Ed for your help.

J & B.