Friday, October 29, 2010

Lil Marmaduke

Marmaduke
This is a picture of a beautiful male Common Brush-tailed Possum that I have raised in Care.  He is now in his large outdoor aviary and possum box and at night exploring the surrounding trees, learning how to be a wild possum.  Soon his possum box will go up in the tree. 

White-Faced Heron

Since our Dam has filled ove the last couple of weeks, I have had a few sightings of White-Faced Herons, which has been nice.  Water-birds don't usually hang around for long before the noisy-minors find them and move them along.  This one just happenned to land in a tree right above where the noisys have their nest and they were not impressed!

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo's

Visiting Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo's, most dissapointed to find the bird feeder empty!

Gliders of the Gum-Trees


I am "borrowing" the title of this blog from David Fleay's Book "Gliders of the Gum Trees" as I am not 100% sure on my identification of this gorgeous glider.  I believe it to be a Squirrel Glider not a Sugar Glider, but on everything I have read, this would be fairly rare to be seen in our area now, once upon a time they were apparently common on the Darling Downs.  Would dearly love to hear opinions from those more experienced with glider identification.  We have been lucky enough to see gliders at our place over the last few years and last night spotted one feasting on the left-over seed in our bird feeder.  On checking the feeder again tonight, it was again present, and not bothered at all by the torch light.  We have a nesting box with a glider sized hole not far from here and on last inspection it had had nesting material added to it by something, so fingers crossed.  The kids and my niece and nephew who were visiting were lucky enough to witness this seldom seen sight.
P.S.  No white tip on tail which is common on Sugar-Gliders.


Pale-Headed Snake

Pale-Headed Snake, seen in the bird aviary with a stomach full of baby mice no-doubt from the many mouse holes in the dirt floor.  This is our second sighting in 18 months of this snake.  (Venemous 2x flags dangerous)

Yellow-Footed Antechinus


This Gorgeous little Yellow-Footed Antechinus found its way into our "catch em alive" mouse trap that we had out, to try and catch mice for a Kooaburra we had in care, fortunately for this little antechinus she wasn't a mouse! Had approximately 10 babies in pouch and was very happy to be let go after being photographed!





Yellow-Footed Antehinus is known to have a "poorly developed pouch"

ALL IMAGES COPYRIGHT- JUDITH GRAY 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo

We often get visits from the local Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos.  Managed to get a few pics this week though.  This bird went to visit our bird aviary first before moving into a close by tree.


Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Gorgeous Galah's


Galah's

Our Resident Galah's in their favourite nesting hole.  They are never too far away from it and quite happy to chase any other curious birds who come to inspect this hollow tree.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pacific Baza (Crested Hawk) Chased Away by Magpie

5th October 2010


Pacific Baza & Magpie 04/10/10 Jarowair
  
Saw a single Pacfic Baza again at our patch, in the same location in the iron bark trees.  The Baza was carrying a twig in its beak, however it was chased off by Magpies, protective of their nearby nest. 
Australian Magpie 05/10/10 Jarowair