Sunday, February 24, 2013

Noisy Friar Birds 24/02/13

These spectacularly ugly & noisy birds were making a right spectacle of themselves today in the flowering gum trees along with the Blue-faced Honeyeaters.  Always good to see something different bird-wise here.  J.G.




Saturday, February 16, 2013

Nothing like a snake in the kitchen first thing in the morning 16/02/2013

Busy morning here at Jarowair with kids heading off to sport and as usual... running late, miss 9 opens the back sliding door in the kitchen to go onto the deck to retrieve her running shoes and as she opened the glass door a small pale headed snake falls out of the door frame and onto the floor in the house... as you can imagine she instantly squeals and jumps onto the kitchen bench, while her every supportive mother (me) is laughing hysterically (yes no mother of the year award coming my way).  With miss 9's squeals of "SNAKE" her worried father comes tearing down from the shed, imagining a large python or an eastern brown inside, to find this very small pale-headed snake slithering around the kitchen.  Never a dull moment at our patch.

This beautiful little pale-headed snake had no doubt come up to the deck to clean up some of our much loved frogs that frequent the back door at night.  At the time there was a split in the flyscreen on this door and the snake had obviously entered through this and was then trapped in-between the screen door and the glass sliding door.  I have since learned that Pale-headed snakes are very good climbers because of their: "slender body and ventrolateral keel allow the snakes to gain purchase on ledges and crevices and grip the climbing surface - See more at: http://australianmuseum.net.au/Pale-headed-Snake".
Brendon re-located the snake to a much more appropriate area outside and everyone was happy... but rather late for athletics!  J

Small Pale-headed snake in the kitchen 16/02/2013



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Pink Bellied Moth 12/02/13

Our son spotted this moth that in his thoughts - resembled a leaf.  It is a Pink Bellied Moth.
Photo by C.R Gray.

Pink Bellied Moth

Twig Caterpillar

This caterpillar is the master of disguise and camouflage, blending in well as a twig with its body extended on an angle from the branch, composing convincingly as a twig.  I think they may be Looper Moths?  J.G.
Twig Caterpillar in camouflage mode.

after waiting quite a while, the caterpillar went on its way.


Unknown Wasps Feb 2013

These wasps made a nest on the house within a couple of days.. unsure what type they are?

A little touch of Blue... birds & bees

A couple of things Blue in the last week at our Patch

Blue Banded Bee's have returned to the purple flowering liriope's in the house garden.  I havent spotted them since these plants flowered last year.  These beautiful bees move quickly and don't seem to stop on the flowers for long, so my photos are rather poor... but proof alas of their visit.


Blue Banded Bee on flowering liriope's.

Baby Blue Faced honey-eaters are such characters and have been coming close to the house almost daily.  Seen here they were having a rest in the kid's cubby-house.

Juvenille Blue-Faced Honeyeater in the cubbyhouse.
J.G.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Pale-headed Snake a little too greedy

After hearing the most awful sound on and off today - that sounded like a sick frog...we both agreed that it was coming from either in the wall or near the door downstairs... Brendon investigated tonight and started to pull off the capping of the door frame and this is what he saw... a snake inside the cavity with a large green free frog just below it...



The snake was moving around a fair bit inside the gap in the door frame and I was able to have a closer look at it and was fairly sure that it was a pale-headed snake.  After Removing the entire edge of the door frame carefully - the green tree frog did and almightly leap to safety!  The snake however wasn't so keen to go and proceeded to go above the door frame in to the flashing above.  It had to be pulled out as we wern't really very keen on it taking up residence there... especially with the kids having the bad habit of leaving the doors open at times!



Pale-headed snake, gripping somehow to the door frame cavity?
Pale-headed snake with a full belly of frogs!


We re-located the snake who was rather unhappy to be removed from his hiding hole... down to the creek.

Interestingly, after adding the capping/edging of the door back on later, Brendon noted that the only gap in which the snake could have entered was the one at the top, there wasn't a gap at the bottom, so somehow the snake had made it up the wall!  and then into the frame!  Probably explains were all of our little dainty green tree frogs have gone!

Another day... another snake lately!

J & B

Dragonflies, Noisy Friar Birds & Varied Sitellas

This weekend Varied Sitella's have been seen in the ironbark trees and gum trees, while I didn't get a photo, it is quite some time since we have seen them frequent our block.  I also spotted a pair of Noisy Friar Birds on Sunday Afternoon, along with Blue-Faced Honeyeaters, Apostlebirds, Grey-Crowned Babblers and a large Koala seen by Brendon Saturday Night. Our son also spotted a Water Scorpion in the waters edge of the dam when we were watching thousands of tadpoles of different sizes and shapes.  J & B

Note:  I am unsure if the photos taken years ago of the varied sitellas seen here, have ever been loaded onto the blog.. something that may have been overlooked and will need to load. J

Blue Skimmer Dragonfly 03/02/13

Australian Emperor Dragonfiles 03/02/13

Australian Emperor Dragonflies

"Water Scorpion" spotted in the dam by our Son... I thought it was a leaf at first when he showed me! 

Pair of Noisy Friar Birds at our patch 03/02/13