Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Critters in Care @ Jarowair January 2011

Beautiful Tawny Frogmouth in Flight Aviary.  It is happily hand-fed mice at night. What a delight this beautiful bird is to have in care. 

Summer Storm 18/01/2011

While the duration of the wild storm was short on the 18th of January 2011, it did leave some dammage, with half of a very large ironbark tree at the front of our property, falling to the ground.  Branches from other much smaller trees around "Jarowair" also fell.

Mistletoe that was in the Fallen Ironbark Tree.  We had not noticed this prior to the tree falling.

Bit of this and that & an Echidna

Echidna seen crossing the driveway into nearby grass 23/12/10. While we see "evidence" of Echidna's digging often, we had not seen one for over 12 months until the boys spotted this one just after dark.

Pockets in the creek hold masses of tadpoles waiting to metamorph.  Hopefully this will happen prior to the creek drying up.

Resident Galah who has been busy chewing away the bark from a branch in the gum tree that it calls home.

Galah chewing away!

Wanderer Butterfly

Channel-billed Cuckoo's 18/01/11

I realize that these photos of the Chanel-billed Cuckoo are rather poor, but I have been trying to get a photo of them for weeks!  They have been hanging around here now early mornings and late afternoons and are seen regularly being chased away by the local crows.  (see below further info for those who do not know of the unsual breeding habits of the Channel-billed Cuckoo)

The Channel-billed Cuckoo lays its eggs in the nests of the Australian Magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen, the Pied Currawong, Strepera graculina and members of the crow family (Corvidae). Unlike many other cuckoos, the young birds do not evict the host's young or eggs from the nest, but simply grow faster and demand all the food, thus starving the others. Often the adult female will damage the existing eggs in the nest when she lays her own and she may even lay more than one egg in a single nest.

On a Lighter Note Fergie has been "Resuced" from the Mud :) 14/01/11

Hmm... no comment :)

Little bit of a mess left afterwards...

After The Water Has Gone 12/01/2011

We have been very very fortunate to have been spared the dammage of the 1 in 100 year floods that have effected our local area in large proportions.  I have photographed the changes in our small area for comparison with previous ones taken prior to the flood waters just for our own records.  Our little Creek "Cooby Creek" flowed through our property helping to top up our local water reserve "Cooby Dam" to over 100%.  This is a small highlight in a time of such tradgedy.  It is hard to imagine but only a few months ago Cooby dam was at 8% capacity and the local water supply area had been on Level 5 water restrictions for years.

Once again our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost their homes and loved ones in the devestating floods that have hit nearby Toowoomba, Murphys Creek and Grantham.  xxx JMG

Nearby Road Dammage

Pipeline Road to Cooby Dam was Closed to stop spectators visting to prevent any possible complications.

A large amount of Sand ended up here in our neighbours property downstream from their broken dam wall. 

Minimal dammage only to the causeway.  The foundations and 3 of the 4 guide posts were washed away.

Neighbours fence was dammaged and covered in grass and debris.

Rocks from the causeway foundation washed into the creek.

While our neighbours dam wall was largely destroyed, it didn't stop these ducklings enjoying a swim.

Our Creek 12/01/11

Changes to the creek were evident with bigger wash outs, logs missing and new ones added, and many more rocks being visible.  All in all it looks like it has had a good "clean out" and has been refreshed.

The Ants were busy re-buliding their homes again... this time it was raised markedly.

unsure but think this may be the beginnings of a rhinocerous beetle?

The driveway ended up well into the yard .

Our little boy was rather pleased to find that his raft had not been washed away.

Our section of Cooby Creek.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Next Day 9.00am 11/01/10

Some photos of our place 9.00am this morning 11/01/10.  We are fine, flooded in, but fine, at the moment we still have electricity, but this is a concern as our power goes underneath the creek which is raging.  Ann's Dam wall next door burst during the night which is devestating for her.  Our place has fared well and our thoughts & prayers are with those who have lost loved ones and homes.  Thinking of friends at Murphys Creek and hoping that they are allright.  Photos that Brendon took in Toowoomba yesterday can be viewed on my and his facebook page: 

Monday, January 10, 2011

Effects of Toowoomba Floods at Jarowair 10/01/11

Huge amounts of water caused flash flooding in Toowoomba and Highfields today.  The most water we have seen so far has come through Cooby Creek through ours and our neighbours property.  Cooby Dam filled to 100% capacity at 6pm last night, which is wonderful news, amazing considering we have been on Level 5 water restrictions for as long as I can remember and only a couple of months ago the dam was at 8% Capacity.  Brendon made it to work this morning, but won't be able to make it back home for a while.  Besides our road being under water, there is land-slides at Mt Kynoch and water over bridges at Gowrie Junction. Brendon witnessed cars being swept down the road with people in them in Toowoomba as well as fridges and dog kennells floating down the streets!!  View the photos of the Toowoomba Floods that Brendon took here.