Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Occupied Possum Box 28/08/12

I recently discovered that one of the Possum Box's that I have made has a Bush-Tailed Possum Occupant.  We rarely see possums here, and we wondered if this occupant is the one possum we released after having it in care?  It's an unknown, but a welcome inhabitant.  B.G.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rosellas & Wrens 26/08/12

Pale-headed Rosella 25/08/12

Female "Red-backed Fairy Wren" I presume?

Scaley-Breasted Lorikeets bathing in Hollow Tree

My last post reported the story of the Scaley-breasted Lorikeets and the Musk Lorikeets, giving the goanna a hard time after it had entered a hollow tree. Since this, we have watched with interest the Lorikeets who keep coming back to the same hollow tree, darting in and out often.  It seems that this tree has water pooled in the hollow and the birds are going in and out for a bath.  This picture I took this morning shows the top Lorikeet exiting the hollow after having a bath, with very wet feathers.  This is obviously another reason why they were most upset about a goanna hiding in their hollow.  J.G.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bynoe's Gecko

My son discovered this Bynoe's Gecko and brought it to my attention so I could take a photo of it.  J.G.

Byone's Gecko

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Musk & Scaley-breasted Lorikeets 17/08/12

A resident Goanna (Lace Monitor) has decided to come out of hibernation, conveniently after our hens have started to lay eggs again and thus has made his home in a hollow of a tree right on the edge of the chicken yard.  To our dismay he has been helping himself to an easy dinner over the last few days, but not without some defence from these Scaley Breasted Lorikeets!  The Lorikeets had been making a huge racket and have been rather upset by the goanna hiding in this hollow tree.  When I went down to take a photograph of them, I discovered, that amongst the many scaley-breasted lorikeets were about six Musk Lorikeets also!  We have had Musk Lorikeets here previously, but have not seen them for quite some time (see previous post).  They are very welcome visitors, unlike Mr Goanna to the chook pen!  J.G.

Scaley-breasted Lorikeets checking out the Goanna that had just gone back into this hollow tree, after stealing the chickens eggs.

One Musk Lorikeet can be seen here amongst the Scaley's (bottom left).  There were other Musk Lorikeets in the higher branches also at the same time. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Orange Sunset 15/08/12

This week has seen some fabulous Sunsets on the Darling Downs.  This one in particular was very orange, and the photo I took, really doesn't do it justice or show the intensity of the colour on the day.   J.G.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Can't resist photographing a cute Joey 06/08/12

Not the best picture... but I couldn't resist taking it!  There is nothing cuter than seeing a little joey popping its head out of its mum's pouch.  J.G.