Sunday, December 11, 2011

Native Pea??

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) December 2011

Wandering Sailor (Commelina Cyanea)

Over the years at Jarowair, we have noticed this blue flowering plant that has appeared in various places around the property, often at the base of ironbark trees.  We had this plant come up in one of our small gardens and had wondered if it was a weed.  Thanks to the Toowoomba Plants Blog I am very happy to discover that it is infact not a weed, but a lovely native plant.  I am happily let it grow in the gardens from now on. J.G.

  • Pronunciation: com-el-EE-nah sigh-NEE-ah
  • Common Name: Wandering Sailor, Scurvey Weed. Wandering Jew.
  • Type: Herb, Soft-stemmed creeping Plant.
  • Flowers: Blue
  • Vegetation Type: Dry Eucalypt Forest,

Stone Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) 11/12/11

Brendon uncovered this small Stone Gecko while cleaning up fallen leaves around the house.

Stone Gecko

(Diplodactylus vittatus)

Stone Gecko - Identification

  • Head and body length: 6cm
  • Total length (including tail): 9cm
Dumpy body. Dark brown with a pale, deeply notched zigzag stripe down back from neck to tip of a short plump tail. When tail is regenerated, this stripe stops abruptly at the breakage point. Toes slightly expanded to form pads.


Shelters in burrows and shallow depressions under stones and fallen timber. Dry bushland, particularly lightly timbered areas.


Largely 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

You Can't See Me in the Shadows!

This Egg Stealing Lace Monitor thinks he is camouflaging quite well but I have spotted him and collected the eggs before he does his daily rounds!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Spiders at Jarowair 20/11/11

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!

Robust Velvet Gecko 16/11/11

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

Birds of Spring 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
  • Dollarbird
  • Tawny-frogmouth (nesting pair)
  • Boobook Owl

Sunday, November 6, 2011

PAROO LILY Dianella caerulea at Jarowair 05/11/11

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.
Paroo Lily at Jarowair 05/11/11 J.G.

Paroo Lily 05/11/11
Dianella caerulea, commonly known as the Blue flax-lily, blueberry lily,[2] or paroo lily,[3] 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.

Leafy Templetonia (Templetonia stenophylla) at Jarowair Spring 2011

Templetonia stenophylla Leafy Templetonia at Jarowair 05/09/11 J.G.
This gorgeous wildflower photo was taken this spring (05/09/11) at Jarowair and it has taken me this long to find out what it is called. Thanks to the Hunter Valley Backyard Nature Blog ( I was able to identify it today from the wonderful photos and information they had on their blog!  Very happy indeed to put a name to this beautiful native wildflower. This particular plant was hidden amongst thick grasses on the edge of the dry creek bed at Jarowair.  I do believe from memory that I have seen it here before but this is the first time I have recorded the sighting.  It is a truly beautiful flower! J.G.

Flowering Cactus Plants 06/11/11

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

"Bush Orchid" in Flower 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 (Velleia paradoxa) Spring 2011

Spur Velleia at Jarowair 06/11/11. J.G.
As you may have noticed - I have been madly photographing every wildflower at Jarowair in hopes to identify them.  Thanks to the Toowoomba Plants Blog  ( I have been able to identify this one that is plentiful this spring at Jarowair.  It is called Spur Velleia and it is a Australian Native Wildflower/Plant.

Spur Velleia (September 2011) at Jarowair

Spur Velleia (September 2011) at Jarowair

Pee-Wee's Mud Nest overlooking the Dam 06/11/11

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

Red-Rumped Parrots - Love Birds

These Red-Rumped Parrot Images are from November 2011 at Jarowair in the smaller ironbark trees at the front of the property.  What beautiful little parrots they are. J.G.

The Love Birds xxx

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Nesting Tawny Frogmouths - November 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.