|Spade Flower 26/12/11|
Monday, December 26, 2011
Since I have decided to leave this pretty flowering native in the garden, it has gone ahead quickly. The bright blue flowers are beautiful and I am noticing it everywhere around the property now.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Late this afternoon I spotted this beautiful little flowering plant at Jarowair. It was very small (see pic with my hand in background) and I have never seen it here before. I am very new to identifying plants so help would be much appreciated. I think it may be some type of native pea? J.G.
|Wandering Sailor (Commelina Cyanea)|
|Brendon uncovered this small Stone Gecko while cleaning up fallen leaves around the house.|
Stone Gecko - Identification
- Head and body length: 6cm
- Total length (including tail): 9cm
HabitatShelters in burrows and shallow depressions under stones and fallen timber. Dry bushland, particularly lightly timbered areas.
DistributionLargely absent from suburbs, common in moderately dry peripheral bushland. Brisbane records include Mt Crosby and Mt Gravatt. Drier parts of eastern Australia
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Sunday, November 20, 2011
These are a few photos that I took while testing our my new camera lens. I still have plenty of practice to do with getting the images clear, but was impressed with the detail I could get compared to the old lens.Can't wait to test it out further.
|Timy Flower Spider|
|Jumping Spider (species unknown)|
|St Andrews Cross Spider missing a few legs!|
Master CR Gray spotted this gorgeous "pale form" Robust Velvet Gecko trying to camouflage on the concrete near the garage of the house. At first we all thought it was different to the usual Velvet ones we see, but alas, it was just taking on a pale form to have a concrete like appearance.
|Robust Velvet Gecko 16/11/11|
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tonight I can hear a koala making it's telltale mating/flirting sound down in the creek. I heard it last week one night Also... Fingers crossed he gets lucky and that the mum and bub will stay around. We have only seen one juvenile koala here on it's mothers back... Jan 2009 I think. J
Monday, November 14, 2011
This Spring has seen many new and visiting birds stop by at Jarowair. Many I sadly do not have photographs for, as I was caught without a camera on seeing them. Here is a running list from Spring so far...
- Red-Rumped Parrots (inc juveniles)
- Little Lorikeets
- Rainbow Lorikeets
- Scaly-breasted Lorikeets
- Pale-headed Rosella
- Crested Pigeon
- White-faced Heron
- White-necked Heron * (first one seen here)
- Australasian Little Grebe (one lone bird on the back dam, seen daily)
- Pacific Black Duck
- Wood Duck
- Channel-billed Cuckoo
- Tawny-frogmouth (nesting pair)
- Boobook Owl
Sunday, November 6, 2011
This beautiful native lily called the Paroo Lily is another new growth native plant at Jarowair. I have found it in two locations on our property so far, and its flower is absolutely beautiful.
Dianella caerulea, commonly known as the Blue flax-lily, blueberry lily, or paroo lily, is a perennial herb of the family Xanthorrhoeaceae, subfamily Hemerocallidoideae,
found across the eastern states of Australia and Tasmania. It is a
herbaceous strappy perennial plant to a metre high, with dark green
blade-like leaves to 70 cm long. Blue flowers in spring and summer are
followed by indigo-coloured berries.
|Paroo Lily at Jarowair 05/11/11 J.G.|
|Paroo Lily 05/11/11|
|Templetonia stenophylla Leafy Templetonia at Jarowair 05/09/11 J.G.|
Another potted plant that is flowering is the two mini-cactus plants also given to us by Pop Thompson. This is the first time they have flowered and they are an equisite orange colour.
|Flowering Cactus in our Garden Plants. 06/11/11|
These beautiful tiny "Bush Orchid's" were given to us by Pop Thompson last year from his extensive range of plants at his property in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. These little orchids have grown very well in a protected area at Jarowair and I was delighted to see them in flower today. (What I wouldn't do for a macro-lens! - these flowers were so tiny!) J.G.
|Bush Orchid in Flower 06/11/11|
|Spur Velleia at Jarowair 06/11/11. J.G.|
|Spur Velleia (September 2011) at Jarowair|
|Spur Velleia (September 2011) at Jarowair|
I came across these photos of a Pee-Wee's nest that I took in Nov 2011. The birds never had young in the nest that we saw, but they have recently re-built the dammaged nest in 2012. J.G.
|Pee Wee Nest at Jarowair, November 2011|
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
This photo was taken on 2nd November 2011 of a Nesting Tawny Frogmouth at Jarowair. We had watched for what seemed like months, the pair of Tawnys always at the nest and the male coming and going with food. When the female left the nest for brief periods, "white balls of fluff" could be seen in the nest high above. We loyaly watched the nest daily but unfortunately one day, there were no tawnys on the nest, just one in a nearby tree in a low branch... and sadly no babies to be seen either in the nest or on the ground, it seems that something had either gotten the babies overnight or early that morning... it was rather sad as they had worked so very hard for their little family! We were devestated as well. J.G.
|Tawny Frogmouth on its nest high in an Ironbark Tree at Jarowair, November 2011.|