Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Squirrel Gliders in the flowering gums

Tonight while taking the dog outside to do his business, I spotted two squirrel gliders feasting on the gum tree blossoms on a closely tree. What a gorgeous sight they are. By the time I returned with the camera they were no where to be seen. Will check again tomorrow night. I have checked this tree many other nights hoping to see possums - to no avail. Last sighting of the gliders here was late October 2010 (10months ago). Jg

Monday, August 29, 2011

Good- Morning Sunshine 30/08/11


My 9 year old son, pointed out this beautiful sunlit sky and insisted I take a photo -  I think he was right, what a beautiful morning.  Bring On Spring!! 

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Brown Goshawk or Collared Sparrowhawk??? 29/08/11




I spotted this "Hawk" feeding on a hare carcus while driving home the on the 28th of August, 2011.  As I got closer I realized it wasn't a common bird and infact one I had not seen before.  I slowed down to search for my little camera in my bag.  The hawk flew away from the carrion and to the edge of the road on the other side.  I managed to get a couple of poor photos through the windscreen of the car (thus rather blury) before it flew off alltogether.  On looking at the books and on the internet I was then unsure if it was a Collared Sparrowhawk or a Brown Goshawk as both read similar.  I realize the photos aren't much help for identification - put alas proof that I have seen one and and another tick to the list.  The bird was solo and within 1km of our property on the Darling Downs.  Any insight into the ID is much appreciated - Judi.

Collared Sparrowhawk or Brown Goshawk??


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Juv Nankeen Kestrals? 22/08/11

This photo was taken on my litle "handbag camera" and from a distance as to not scare the birds off, I think they are Juvinille Nankeen Kestrals but am a little unsure on this.  They looked so gorgeous perched in the tree enjoying the sunshine.

Winter at Jarowair 2011

Thought I would take a few photographs of how our patch looks during winter, fairly bleak, with little green around, however this year we have had an abundance of regenerated Bush Wattle in flower for the first time.


A lone Wallaby keeping watch on me taking photographs.



Grevillia almost in Flower.


The last water left from the January Rain.

The debris that was washed into the dam during the floods is now very evident.

Regenerated Bush Wattles in Flower.


Bush Wattle.

"Firewood" Nesting Boxes 21/08/11


Prior to Winter, Brendon spotted these two hollow cut logs in a friend's firewood pile, she happily gave Brendon the pices up for transformation. Both pieces were hollow with exterior holes, perfect for bird/glider nesting boxes.  He worked his magic and turned them into fabulous nesting boxes with hinged lids for checking on the contents.  He widened the entry holes a little so they would be being enough for the local Pale-headed Rosellas to enter.



Taller Nesting Box placed on Fence Post for Rosella's

The Taller of the two boxes was installed ontop of the Fence Post at the Entry to the Vegetable & Fruit Tree Garden.  As a child, Brendon had seen Rosellas nesting in the top of hollow fence posts, along with other weird exposed and low to the ground places, thus the idea of adding this one to the post.

The Smaller in Height Nesting Box was installed in a large tree overlooking the creek/dam at the back of Jarowair.


The Finished Product!

Thanks to Barb for the Firewood Hollows - they will certainly be appreciated by some fury or feathered creature.

We must do a nesting box count to see how many we have installed so far here at Jarowair.

JG

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Itchy Unknown 21/08/11


Yes I know.... its an Itchy Grub lol.  I couldn't resist taking a photo of this little caterpillar munching its way though a native orchid.  Unknown ID on this one @ 21/08/11

Many-flowered Mat-rush (Lomandra multiflora in Flower 21/08/11


This beautiful "Many-flowered Mat-rush (Lomandra multiflora" is plentiful at Jarowair in the native regenerated vegitation.  Its flower is a gorgeous maroon and yellow.    JG.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Skink Unknown? 20/08/11


Checking for the Salmon-striped Marsh Frog, we found this lone Skink and Frog in it's place.  ID unknown for the Skink. Suggestions Please?  Possibly the Eastern Striped Skink (Ctenotus robustus)?




UPDATE:  03/09/11
After doing a search through Steve Wilson's "Complete Guide to Reptiles" Book, I believe that the skink is the Eastern Striped Skink.  http://www.reptilesdownunder.com/arod/reptilia/Squamata/Scincidae/Ctenotus/robustus is another source with a great photo and info on this skink. 

Owl Pellet 19/08/11

When Owls have eaten their prey, they regurgitate the bones and fur, which they can't digest, in the form of pellets.  This one was found a week prior to the photos being taken, at the time I didn't have a camera with me, and then forgot all about it. These photos show the pellet covered in a little more dirt than it was the week prior, however still in good condition.  Fur, bones and claws easily viewable without having to disect it at all.





Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Young Echidna at Jarowair" 10/08/11


Echidna at the Base of an Ironbark Tree 16/08/11

This is now much it had dug into the ground, only one hour after the first photos were taken.


 This young Echidna was seen at Jarowair at the base of a small ironbark tree, late one afternoon.  It had allready started digging a hole for itself, while I imagine it had come from a large pile of old logs/fallen trees very close by. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

Following The Wallaby Track 07/08/2011

While going for a walk with the camera this morning not only did I see the beautiful little Golden-headed cisticola's (as shown in my last post), but wren's a plenty, Little Corella's, Laughing Kookaburras, Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike' and Rainbow Lorikeets to name a few.


Little Corella, but with a lot more "pink" on it's face than usual - looking more like a Long-billed because of this colouring.


Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike

Rainbow Lorikeets with nesting hollow behind.


I took this one to show the abundance of hollows in this old half dead gum tree.  The imporance of leaving these trees for wildlife is high.

Little Black/Grey coloured wren - unsure what type

Evidence of an unfortunate baby brush-tailed possum that has come into the talons of a neighbouring owl.

Golden-headed Cisticola 07/08/11


Around 10am Sunday morning, I went for a walk with the camera to see if I could get a good photo of the various wrens and finches that live amongst the grasses and low native shrubs within 500m of our property's boundary.  On this morning I was drawn to the sound of the Golden-Headed cisticola's that were plentiful amongst the long grass.  This is the first time that I have seen this bird here, and what a beautiful sight they are.

JG.



Four Golden-headed Cisticola's can be seen here in the one photo.  I do think there was at least 6 when I took this, but some were in the grass below.

"Listen to me"


Golden-headed Cisticola 07/08/11