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.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Emperor Gum Moth 22/12/14

Huge Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti) on the screen door at Jarowair 22/12/14.  It stayed for two days and then disappeared.  Due to it's beauty and size, it was spared from being a meal for our rehabilitating Tawny Frogmouth.  The Emperor Gum Moth is found in all states of Australia, but has apparently significantly declined in Victoria for some unknown reason. The Emperor Gum Moth adult does not feed once it has emerged from it's sturdy brown cocoon, relying on the energy it stored as a caterpillar to keep it alive.

J.G.

Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti)

Showing the large size of the Emperor Gum Moth (Opodiphthera eucalypti)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Red-white Leaf Beetle 14/12/14

This Red-white Leaf Beetle - (Paropsisterna sp.) (Chrysophtharta sp.)  was spotted munching away on one of the newly planted Eucalyptus tereticornis trees at Jarowair.  While we weren't impressed at it having a taste for our new plantation of Koala feed trees, it was a beautiful beetle and a great opportunity to get out the macro lens, which we don't use often enough. This beetle was about 8mm long.  (For those who will ask, yes we left the beetle there, after all it is an Australian Native also, so welcome at our patch despite it's healthy appetite for eucalyptus.

Thanks to the Brisbane Insects website I was able to identify this beetle which was not listed in any of my books. They describe the red pattern on the back of the beetle as resembling the map of Africa and South America.  This beetle is classed as a "Tortoise Beetle".

J & B

(Information source:  www.brisbaneinsects.com)

This Red-white Leaf Beetle - (Paropsisterna sp.) (Chrysophtharta sp. at Jarowair 14/12/14

Red-white Leaf Beetle - (Paropsisterna sp.) (Chrysophtharta sp.)

Red-white Leaf Beetle - (Paropsisterna sp.) (Chrysophtharta sp.) at Jarowair, Qld.



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Frogs Alive at Jarowair 12/12/14

Creek and Dam at Jarowair alive with frogs 12/12/14

Frog "Froth" amongst the grasses on the edges of the creek and dam at Jarowair 12/12/14


The Frogs life at Jarowair after this week's rain is amazing.  The noise of all of the different frog varieties in pockets of water in the creek and the dams is deafening.  I took a late night walk around the property with the camera and was pretty impressed with the types of frogs I saw, including a new frog sighting for our patch of a Smooth Toadlet (aka Eastern Gungan)  (Uperoleia laevigata) and the second sighting ever of a Salmon-Striped Frog!  I also came across a quite Pale-headed Snake and two echidnas as well.

We have recorded the sounds of the frogs at night to add to this blog post, but had to convert it to a video first so blogger would let us upload it.  Enjoy!

B.G.



Common Green Tree Frog's Mating 12/12/14

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog at Jarowair 12/12/14

Dainty Green Tree Frog 12/12/14

First sighting of a Smooth Toadlet (aka Eastern Gungan)  (Uperoleia laevigata)

Spotted Marshfrogs at Jarowair 12/12/14

Five Spotted Marsh Frogs

Ornate Burrowing Frog 12/12/14

Bleating Tree Frog

Spotted Marshfrog & Dainty Green Tree Frog
Dainty Green Tree Frogs Mating 12/12/14
Frog Eggs Galore
Pale-headed Snake 12/12/14
Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog 12/12/14
Striped Marshfrog (Limnodynastes peronii) 13/12/14

Salmon-striped Marshfrog 12/12/14




Round-eyed Striped Noctuid Moth13/12/14

Round-eyed Striped Noctuid's (Grammodes ocellata) have been coming onto the deck of the house over the last few nights. Our Daughter thought they were beautiful and photographed them so we could look up what they are.   Round-eyed Striped Noctuid's have a wingspan of 40mm and are from the Noctuidae family.

K.G.

Round-eyed Striped Noctuid (Grammodes ocellata)

Round-eyed Striped Noctuid (Grammodes ocellata)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Salmon-Striped Frog Sighting 12/12/14

After a very late night outing "Frogging" at our patch, I was already in a great mood after seeing a new species of frog (Smooth Toadlet), when I decided at around midnight that I should head back to the house and go to bed. I left the dam where I had been observing most of the frogs and was making my way up the grassy creek bank when I saw in front of me a Salmon-Striped Frog! We have only every seen the Salmon-striped frog (Limnodynastes salmini ) once before and it was just over three and a half years ago (see previous post here), when we had that last sighting we didn't take a photo and have been in search of these frogs ever since, but they have evaded us until tonight!  This time I had the camera with me and have a photo to prove it's existence at Jarowair.  An awesome night out.
 
B.G.
 
Salmon-striped Frog (Limnodynastes salmini ) at Jarowair 12th December 2014