Thursday, March 19, 2009

Carpet Python 19/03/09 - One of my favourite photos.

I love this photo of the Carpet Python that I took after the alarming Galah eating indicent, and wanted to post it seperately to the other photos.  They really are a beautiful snake and I enjoyed observing it for quite some time. This photo is one of my favourites.  Judi.

The Galah Eating Incident of 2009





Since we have been living full-time at out Kleinton Property we have been lucky enough to have seen a wider variety of animals than we did previously on day visits.  The most unfortunate find was a large carpet snake that I found inside our Galah's cage early one morning a few weeks ago, and alas no galahs any more. After consuming my two "rescuee'" Galah's it was then trapped in the cage unable to get out. It was rather a shock and would have been far more interesting if I wasn't so upset. Anyway i opened the door of the cage and let it out and watched it for around an hour and a half to see where it went etc, a really amazing creature that was just after the too tempting "Easy meal".

The two Galahs that I had were ones that I had taken on from previous owners that no longer wanted them. One in particular was rescued from a wedge-tailed eagle in Western Qld over twenty years ago. Very tragic end for a bird that usually out-lives it's owners! 

Monday, March 16, 2009

Moths in March 2009

Granny's Cloak Moth
Unknown White Moth with Orange & Brown Specks.


Identification
Granny's Cloak Moth is a large brownish grey moth with eye spots and scalloped pattern. These are the large fluttering moths you often see in dark places around the house. From a distance it looks like a boring dark brown moth, but up close it has a delicate pattern.

Size
wingspan 75mm

In the bush it rests in hollow trees or caves.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Noctuidae
Genus:Speiredonia
Species:spectans
Common Name:Granny's Cloak Moth

Bandy Bandy March 2009

Bandy Bandy
A good reason for one to always wear shoes, and take a torch when going to the clothes-line at night!

J.G.