Sunday, September 25, 2011

Male King Parrot 23/09/11 Photos By C.R. Gray

These wonderful photos of a beautiful Male King Parrot visiting our Deck, were taken by our 9 year old son without any assistance.  He spotted the parrot and went and got the camera himself to take these fantastic photos.  Very impressed!  J.G.

Photos by C.R. Gray

Unknown Bird of Prey 25/09/2011

This bird of Prey was under attack for some period of time before it decided to flee from its resting place in a gum gree in the dry creek.  Unfortunately It took me too long to get down to that location for a photo, after spotting it from the house yard.  Any suggestions?



Arctotheca calendula

Found two plants at Jarowair (25th September 2011) near the bird aviaries.  J.G.


Arctotheca calendula

Family: Asteraceae

Form: Herb

Origin: Native of South Africa and Lesotho.

Flowers/Seedhead: Many small flowers (florets) in solitary heads, 2–6 cm across at the end of stalks 8–25 cm long. Flowers mostly spring and early summer.

Description: Annual rosette-forming herb with taproot; individual plants to 80 cm wide and 30 cm high. Leaves with upper surface hairless to hairy; basal leaves 5–25 cm long, 2–6 cm wide, on a stalk to 6 cm long; upper leaves, if present, stem-clasping.

Distinguishing features: Distinguished by deeply lobed basal leaves, white downy underneath; area where seeds attach to the head (receptacle) pitted; petal-like ray florets yellow above, grey-green below with strap-like parts mostly 1.5–2.5 cm long, disc florets dark purple; seeds covered in pale brown wool and topped by 6–8 short scales.

Dispersal: Spread by movement of seed, by wind, water or movement in mud.

Notes: Germinates autumn and winter, dying in summer. Widespread and common in temperate areas, and sometimes dominant in pasture. A weed of cultivation, pastures, lawns and disturbed areas. Plants are readily eaten by stock, but woolly seeds may cause impaction. Grazing is thought to taint milk and where Capeweed is the dominant feed nitrate poisoning of stock is possible.

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Wedge-Tailed Eagle 16/09/11

I spotted this Wedgie in a small shub/tree near the road, overlooking a recent road-killed hare.  Only had my little point & shoot camera with me, so fairly pleased with this picture considering.  How massive the bird looked in this small tree close to the ground. I never tire of watching them.   J.G.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Wildflowers & Flowering Weeds

Senecio pinnatifolius (Native Daisy)

(Wahlenbergia gloriosa)


Unsure on this purple one, but I remember it as a child at Osterley.

@ 21/01/2009
Prickly Pear (Scientific Name: Opuntia stricta Haw) (December 2008)
Scotch Thistle Flower. 21/01/09
Lesser Wanderer Butterfly on Red Wildflowers.21/01/09
Arctotheca calendula
25th Sept 2011 (Near Bird Aviaries)

@ August 2011

The Ironbark Tree will still be useful

The tree can still be home to birds!
In the past this tree has had three different birds nesting in it at once, Willie Wagtails, Pee-wee's and the Sacred Kingfishers in the termite nest seen here on the front of the tree.  What a popular tree it has been and over the years we have seen many different birds small and large in this tree. Only the other night I photographed a tawny frogmouth, with a large frog in its mouth, smacking it against the branch of this tree.  Brendon added one of his deluxe parrot boxes to the tree today and has given the birds a different use for this tree.

Little Lorikeet's Checking Out a Nesting Hole 11/09/11

11th September 2011


These noisy but beautiful Little Lorikeets have been checking out a nesting hollow in a large angofora tree on the top side of our creek at Jarowair.  We do hope that their nesting is successful!

J & B.

Native Yellow Dasies - Sept 2011

These beautiful Native Dasies were in bloom in September 2011.  I believe that they are Senecio pinnatifolius.

Senecio pinnatifolius.

Australian Buttercup - Ranunculus lappaceus Oct 2012

Australian Common Buttercup (Ranunculus lappaceus)

Also Known As:  Common Buttercup, Australian Buttercup or Yarrakalgamba.

{Ranunculus lappaceus grows as a perennial herb which grows anywhere to 50 cm (20 in) high. The yellow five-petaled flowers are up to 4 cm (1.6 in) wide and appear in spring and summer.  The new growth is hairy.}

Australian Common Buttercup (Ranunculus lappaceus)
Photo taken at Jarowair Sept 2011. J.G.


Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Irony of the Ironbark Tree

Gail Force Winds and very low temperatures were present today at Jarowair and across the Darling Downs.  The very cold wind making it almost unbearable to be outside.  During the wind, the second half of the ironbark (see here for previous post 18th Jan 2011) came down in a thundering crash to the ground, giving our 9 year old son an awful fright as he was walking under it at the time!!  Luckily he heard the noise and ran backwards to escape the falling tree.  The irony is that only last weekend, Brendon had finished clearing away all of the fallen branches from the January Storm and had only then said, that he thought the rest of the tree would go before long - he wasn't to know it would only be a week!  We re-used most of the tree for garden edge around the house yard and it came up looking fantastic (note to self - must photograph this also to show re-use/recycling).  Cutting the large tree up and re-locating the massive branches is another huge job!

The result of the huge winds.

Inspecting the dammage.
A narrow escape for our boy!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bulbine Lily in Bloom Sept 2011

Bulbine Lily (Bulbine bulbosa)
Also Called:  Wild Onion, Native Leek

These images were taken in early Sept 2011.  The first stages of the Bulbine Lily emerging.  It took weeks for the flowers to appear.

Taken Sept 2011
The First Stage of the Bulbine Lily

2nd Stage of  Bulbine Lily Flower
(Taken Sept 2011)