Friday, February 27, 2015

Spotted Black Snake in the Pool 27/02/15

iPhone Photo of juvenile Spotted Black Snake in the pool at Jarowair 27/02/15 before I relocated it.
There was a bit of excitement for me this afternoon when I noticed this little guy (Spotted black snake) doing laps in the pool smile emoticon he was much happier after I relocated him down at the creek, and so was the relieved frog who was also doing its best to avoid its swimming companion in the pool!

This particular Spotted Black Snake (aka Blue-bellied Black Snake) (Pseudechis guttatus) was around 35-40cm long and I was told by local snake expert Nathan, that it would have been last years baby.

Queensland Museum has some wonderful information about the Spotted Black Snake which can be found here.  I note that they mention that there has been a marked decline in this species in the Lockyer Valley over the last 30 years.

This is the smallest Spotted Black Snake that we have seen at Jarowair.  Over the years we have seen quite a few in varying colours.  This one in particular didn't have the typical blue grey belly that we normally see on the large snakes.

J.G.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Wood Duck in Tree Hollow

The Noisy Miners and Butcher birds alerted me to this Female Wood Duck peeking out from a high tree hollow at Jarowair.  This particular tree is a popular one, but one that never seems to have any success with its occupants offspring, with resident goannas usually finding them before they get a chance.  The tree has many hollows and over our time here we have witnessed a large range of birds checking it out.

J.G.

Female Wood Duck at Jarowair, 02/02/15

Female Wood Duck at Jarowair, 02/02/15

Monday, February 9, 2015

Return of the Emerald Spotted Tree Frog

When we first moved to our property Jarowair, the Emerald Spotted Tree Frog was one of the main frogs that we would see on a regular basis. Over the last couple of years we have noticed a real decline in this species, and have found that even in times of large rain which results in frog breeding frenzies, the Emerald Spotted isn't to be found.  We are not aware of any reason why they have declined, but note that friends who live on a large land for wildlife property near Kingaroy have also reported noticing a decline.

You can imagine my excitement to find one then, perched on our outdoor lounge on the deck one night when I went to cut some herbs for dinner.  I believe it is most likely around 12 months since we have recorded one at Jarowair.  I took a few photos and then let it be, but note I have not seen it on the deck since. J.G.

Emerald Spotted Tree Frog at Jarowair  09/02/15

Emerald Spotted Tree Frog at Jarowair  09/02/15

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Carpet Python

This long Carpet Python was spotted clinging to the side of a large ironbark tree at Jarowair. It had clearly had a feed a litle while ago as it had a substantial lump in its body.  It was very placid and happy for us to take some photos.  Brendon stood beside it to show how long it was.  This one was relatively thin compared to some of others we have seen over the years, but the first one we have seen in a tree here.

J & B

Carpet Python at Jarowair 03/02/15

Carpet Python at Jarowair 03/02/15

Carpet Python at Jarowair 03/02/15