Thursday, November 28, 2013

A Spotted Python & Carpet Python in one week. 28/11/13

A Spotted Python somehow managed to get into the bird aviary that has "snake and mice proof wire" at night.  The quails were not bothered by the python at all and showed their lack of fear going right up to it - of course the snake struck out at them, sending them up into the air and straight back down again (they aren't the best flyers) the python grabbing a few feathers! Only a few nights we saw a small carpet python crossing the culvert in the road in front of our patch.  We stopped the car and got out to watch it, slowly moving across the road in no hurry - it wasn't fazed at all by the lights of the car or the audience.  This is only the third small carpet python we have seen here, so it's good to know they are still around.

We have also been seeing quite a few Robust Velvet Gecko's inside the house and outside lately, both with full tail and regenerated tail's.

J & B

Spotted Python in the bird aviary with a fearless Quail 25/1/2013

Spotted python with a mouth full of quail feathers!
Brendon removed the spotted python from the aviary and let it go outside.

Carpet Python at Jarowair (iphone photo at night) 28/11/13

Robust Velvet Gecko inside the house. 25/11/13

Friday, November 22, 2013

Eastern Sedge Frog - Litoria Fallax 22/11/13

A new frog I.D for Jarowair - Eastern Sedge Frog (aka Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog) Litoria Fallax.
Found hear the house near our small fish pond which is surrounded by bromeliad plants (the perfect hiding place for frogs).

B & J
Eastern Sedge Frog

Eastern Sedge Frog (Litoria Fallax) in Brendon's hand - showing how tiny they are.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Garden Orb-Weaver Spiders at night. 15/11/13

While walking around last night looking for frogs (see previous post) - we literally ran into a huge amount of spiders in their webs.  The Garden Orb-weaver spider was the one we saw the most - their webs are just amazing.  Here is a couple of photos I took of them last night by torchlight. J.

Garden Orb-Weaver Spider at Jarowair 15/11/13

Garden Orb-Weaver Spider in it's stunning web.
A much smaller Garden Orb Weaver Spider in a spectacular web.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Frogs Galore by torchlight at Jarowair Our Patch 15/11/2013

We have recently had some much needed rain over the last few days at our patch with  +25mmls almost filling all of the rain-water tanks - thank goodness.

Around 8.30pm I went outside to check if the dog had wandered off, and stumbled upon a huge Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog on our walking track that leads to the creek.  This is only the third time that we have seen these amazing amphibian's since owning this patch of land (although they are often heard).  I raced back to the house to get the camera, Brendon and the kids to show them as the children hadn't ever seen one before - the frog behaved perfectly letting me take a few photos by torchlight - what a magnificent frog they are!

The sound of the frogs mating at our little dam from across the creek was enticing so Brendon and I set off with the torches to see what else was around.  The sounds at the little dam amongst the Common Rush Grasses was deafening - we could hardly hear each other speaking.  Despite there being clearly an enormous amount of activity the frogs were really hard to see as most were in the water under the grasses.  We did manage a few photos of the ornate burrowing frog, bleating tree frog and a Great Brown Brood Frog clinging to the base of an ironbark tree.

We then decided to go for a walk all around the property and found a huge Green Tree Frog on the front door and on a power point outside of the shed,a tiny Eastern Sedge Frog,  a couple of Dainty Tree frogs including one tiny one and a whole heap of garden-orb weaver spiders.  While walking down to the back of the property I found another scarlet-sided pobblebonk frog near the chicken-pen where it is dry and there isn't any water nearby at all!!  I couldn't believe that we could see two in one night in different locations - when we are always looking for them! We also saw spotted marshfrogs and a robust velvet gecko with a regenerated tail, the salmon-striped marshfrog still remained elusive along with the emerald-spotted tree frogs.

After a great night walking around the property, we were saddened to find the carcass of a dead koala right at the back of our property near a large pile of logs.  This was a real downer on the evening, as we hadn't done a thorough walk of the whole property for over two weeks and I hate to think that possibly this koala may have been unwell and we weren't able to help it?  It is possible I guess that it could have died of natural causes, but the main possibility is that there has recently been dingoes or wild dogs in the area taking the neighbours chickens and ducks and one of these could have possibly gotten it while it was moving from location to location. :(  Not a nice thing to report but I will add it to the Koala tracker profile for research purposes.

Hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed taking them!  J & B.

Scarlet Sided Pobblebonk Frog 15/11/13


I took this photo with my hand near the Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog to show it's size.

This is the second Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk frog we saw that night.

Bleating Tree-Frog - this shows how thick the rushes are making the frogs hard to see.

Unsure on the ID of this one yet - similar to a broad palmed rocketfrog? It was rather yellow underneath when it moved.

Eastern Sedge Frog

Brendon's hand near the tiny Eastern Sedge Frog to show how small it is.
Great Brown Brood Frog

Spotted Marshfrog

Spotted Marshfrog pair - one with the orange strip, one without

Spotted Marshfrog with orange stripe.

Bleating Tree-frog

Broad-palmed Rocket Frog

Ornate Burrowing Frog

Small Common Green Tree Frog

Common Green Tree Frog

Common Green Tree Frog on the front door.

Common Green Tree Frog on the front door - taken from the inside.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Sunday Morning Red-Backed Fairy Wren's, Baby Galah's & a few butterflies.

Last Sunday Morning started off great after seeing the Male Red-Backed Fairy Wrens out to play among the grasses and small native shrubs - I even managed to get a couple of photos of them briefly.  I witnessed both the red-backed and the superb-blue fairy wrens all together in the one small shrub and nearby native grasses - as the Superb blues are a new addition to our patch, this was great to see them in the one location.  

The male white-winged trillers were also present near our tiny dam and although the photos are unclear it was good to take to confirm their id's.  I had seen them the weekend before but wasn't sure on their identification.  Thanks John for the id of the female pic I took last weekend!

The baby galah's are a noisy addition to the trees near the house!  There are two with this one adult pair that always live close by - what clumsy baby's they are, they are so funny to watch.

A few butterflies were present, including a Blue Tiger Butterfly - which I didn't manage a photo of, the common Caper Whites, Meadow Argus were all hanging around the grasses where the sprinkler had been going.  The photo of the meadow argus almost looks like he is smiling I think!  

There has been a massive buck Eastern Grey Kangaroo around over the weekend that has come very close to the house also - we don't often have the huge ones come so near.  When he stands up straight he is quite a sight in the distance!

Although rain was predicted, the weekend was hot and very dry but we did get a small sprinkle of rain late Sunday afternoon.  J.G.

White-winged Triller (a terrible photo but id proof of the sighting for our records)

Noisy Friar Bird

Resident Galah's (above) with their babies (below)

The very cute and very noisy baby galah's.

Caper White Butterfly

Unknown small insect either a bee or a fly about 1cm long hovering over the grass - it always stays about 15mm from the ground.

Meadow Argus Butterfly - smiling it seems!

Big Buck Eastern Grey Kangaroo grazing on the lawn in the house grounds.

The ever elusive Red-Backed Fairy Wrens decided to come out and display themselves along with the Superb Blue Fairy Wrens all in the same area.

These little wrens are so hard to capture - darting in and out of the grasses!

While this is not clear - I liked it anyway with the Two Male Red-Backed Fairy Wren's in flight - I seldom see two males together.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Tawny Frogmouth Family

Last weekend my next-door neighbour rang to tell me to walk over to their place with the camera as they had spotted baby Tawny-Frogmouth's in a nest in a large ironbark tree near their house.  There was two babies sitting with mum on the nest and they were gorgeous!  Dad Tawny Frogmouth was  watching us and overlooking his family from close by.  J.G.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Gutsy Goanna -04/11/13

Once again... once our chicken's are laying eggs regularly.. a resident Goanna (Lace Monitor) has been visiting regularly to claim a free and easy meal!  Today he visited the chicken pen three times in one day - someone is getting greedy!

Thank-goodness the magpies alert us to his whereabouts so we can race down to grab the eggs before the greedy goanna does.


Goanna under attack by Magpie

Beautiful Goanna

Blue Wrens and Blue-Faced Honeyeaters at play 04/11/13

Juvenille Blue-Faced Honeyeater

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Superb Blue Fairy Wren's on our neighbours trough

Superb Blue Fairy Wren's

Brown Quail
Noisy Miner

Wandering Percher Dragonfly

Unsure if this is a Weebill or a Thornbill? (Updated ID thanks to John: Yellow-Rumped Thornbill)