Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Baby Tawny Frogmouth is growing up 19/10/14

You may have recently seen our blog post last week, on the white fluffy baby Tawny Frogmouth taken at our patch "Jarowair" on the 9th of October 2014.  Many of the comments requested an update on the little cutie, so here it is...

I am pleased to report that the baby Tawny Frogmouth is going very well and is turning more grey and fluffy as it grows.  We watch the parents dote on it at night, flying off to find food and bring back to their precious little one.

This photo was taken on Sunday the 19th of October (10 days after previous picture  See previous photo here...)

I will continue to update the photos of the Tawny Frogmouths progress and will aim to take a photo each weekend.

Fingers crossed it continues to thrive well and is safe from predators.

J & B.

Baby Tawny Frogmouth at "Jarowair" 19/10/14

Feathertail Glider Photos 17/10/14

While we always presumed that there would be Feathertail Gliders at Jarowair, however, it is only of recent months that Brendon has had many confirmed sightings of them.  Looking for Feathertail Gliders has required plenty of time and patience spent looking with a torch at night, only to see a glimpse of something tiny that would then disappear quickly away from the torch light.  The feathertails seem to be have been seen often in the same species of younger gum trees and often are found feeding in the same tree as a Squirrel Glider or a Sugar Glider.  During the week, (thanks to Brendon's good spotting), the kids and I were able to witness a beautiful Feathertail Glider in the wild at our own property - you can't get much better than that!

Feathertail Glider at "Jarowair" South-East Queensland, 17/10/14

"A feathertail glider has a mouse-sized body with grey-brown fur on the back and a white underside. The distinctive tail is quill-like and hairless except for a fringe of long stiff hairs down either side that resemble a feather." -  Wildlife Qld.  

For more information on the Australian Feathertail Gliders please visit Wildlife Qld here: 

J & B.

Feathertail Glider at "Jarowair" South-East Queensland, 17/10/14

Feathertail Glider at "Jarowair" South-East Queensland, 17/10/14

Feathertail Glider at "Jarowair" South-East Queensland, 17/10/14

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White Fluffy Tawny Frogmouth Baby

This gorgeous white fluffy baby Tawny Frogmouth is being well looked after by it's parents who rotate parental duties on this tiny nest in a dead Ironbark tree at our patch.  We have been watching it daily and praying for its survival, what a little cutie it is.


Tawny Frogmouth with Juvenile at Jarowair - South-East Queensland October 2014

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Return of the Rufous Bettongs Oct 14

I was thrilled this week to spot a pair of Rufous Bettongs at Jaowair on a few different nights.  We have not had a sighting of these cute little marsupials for around 7 years at our patch.

It is interesting to note that the Queensland Museum classes the Rufous Bettong as "Rare" in South-East Queensland, however the Department of Heritage and Environment Conservation Status lists them of "Least Concern".  In any case, we know that they are rarely seen in our area and this is due to predators and habitat loss.  The Rufous Bettongs rely on native grasses for their habitat, in which they build a small burrow or nest underneath thick grassy tussocks, in which they live during the day.  They eat tubers, fungi, roots, grasses and native herbs, and have been having a great time ploughing up the dirt down the back of our place.  We hope they hang around!

B & J

Rufous Bettong at Jarowair 10/10/14

You can just make out the eyes from the baby in pouch in this Rufous Bettong at Jarowair 10/10/14 

Linking with Our World Tuesday

Monday, October 13, 2014

Glider Feeding Frenzy 08/10/14

Wild Glider Feeding Frenzy at our patch "Jarowair" in South-East Queensland, Australia on the 8th of October 2014.  Three different species of  Gliders. Sugar, Squirrel and Feathertails were seen in the one tree, and were not alone with plenty of gliders around in the smaller eucalyptus trees with fresh tip.  These are some of the many photos that I captured under torchlight of these beautiful creatures.  B.G.

Look closely... I first thought this glider had hold of some gum leaves, until I viewed the photos on the computer and discovered it was in fact a huge green mantis!  
Glider with Mantis at Jarowair

Squirrel Glider at Jarowair 08/10/14

Sugar Glider at Jarowair 08/10/14

The Feathertail Gliders move so swiftly and do not like the torchlight at all, this is the only photo I was able to get due to how quickly they glide away from the light.  08/10/14

Sugar Glider at Jarowair 08/10/14

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Dwyer's Snake at Jarowair 05/10/14

Late last night I came across this Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at our patch. I saw it not far from the waterhole which is adjacent to a massive pile of logs and branches. The snake was particularly swift moving and feisty in nature. This one was approximately 40cm in length and kept still while the torch light was on it, but as soon as the light was moved, it took off with incredible speed. I returned to the house to get Jude to show her and to get the camera, on returning, the snake had moved some distance from where I had first seen it and we luckily came across it while walking down to the area. This is another new recording for our patch.

Dwyer's Snakes are brown to redish brown with a dark base to each scale and a black head blotch unbroken from snout to nape. They live in woodlands and rock outcrops and bear live young of up to 7. They are nocturnal and feed on skinks, dragons and snakes. They grow to 60mm long.  Mildly venomous.


(Information Sources:  A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia by Steve Wilson & Gerry Swan and Wildlife of Greater Brisbane by Queensland Museum)

Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014

Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014

Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sugar Glider Footage at Jarowair, June 2014

It has taken some time, but we have finally gotten around to uploading some of the footage taken on the camera trap at our patch.  This video was filmed over two nights of a Sugar Glider family living in one of the nesting boxes that I have built and installed at Jarowair.