Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tawnies, Kangaroo's & a Koala's bum July at Jarowair 2014

Photos taken from a walk around our patch during July 2014.  The area is brown and frosted after a few very low temps in the last few weeks, but we had a reprieve from the cold on Sunday thank goodness.


Koala at Jarowair 20/07/14

Fruit of the Native Devils Marble Plant at Jarowair 20th July 2014

Wombat Berry Fruit at Jarowair  20/07/14

Wombat Berries at Jarowair 20th July 2014

Sunset through the trees, Jarowair 20th July 2014.

Would like to know what the identify of this native shrub is at Jarowair

Tawny Frogmouth Pair at Jarowair 20/07/2014

Eastern Grey Kangaroos blending in with the brown surroundings at Jarowair July 2014.

Our neighbours horse with the sunset in the background, July 2014.

I am unsure if this flowering pea is a native or a weed at Jarowair - July 2014.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Antechinus family has moved in

So it seems over the last few days that we were not blessed with the presence of just one Yellow-footed Antechinus in the house (see previous post here), but possibly a whole family.  In the last few days we have caught three more in the catch-them-alive trap after hearing or seeing a glimpse of something in the house!  We wondered jokingly if it is the same one returning after being released, but somehow imagine there is possibly a whole little family that have headed inside for the winter.  For those who aren't familiar with this little animal, the Yellow-footed Antechinus is a pouched native Australian Marsupial that often can have the misfortune for being mistaken as a mouse.

Jude decided to take some video of the release of one of the antechinus captured in the pantry, and as blogger seems to distort our video images, we have decided to start a new project of a you-tube channel for video footage from our patch.  We look forward to sharing some of the interesting footage we have taken over the years, including some great camera trap images taken recently.  Please excuse our amateur video recording and making skills made using our son's ipod touch!  B & J

#2 Yellow-footed Antechinus at Jarowair prior to release (14th July 2014)

#3 Yellow-footed Antechinus prior to release back to the wild, 16/07/14

#3 Yellow-footed Antechinus prior to release back to the wild 16/07/14

A fourth Antechinus was re-loctated to the wild on 17th of July 2014, however we decided not to photograph this one... how many photos of a cute marsupial in a trap can you take! - J.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Golden Whistler at Jarowair

I was thrilled to spot this beautiful Male Golden Whistler in a small Ironbark Tree at Jarowair last week! We have never seen them on our patch of land before (have seen them on neighbouring thickly treed property). I managed a couple of photos before it disappeared into thick grasses nearby.  Finally the small birds are starting to come to our patch.  Photos of other small birds photographed recently to come in a separate post.   J.G.

Golden Whistler at Jarowair 23/06/14

Linking with Wild Bird Wednesday 02/07/14

There's an Antechinus in my Kitchen 26/06/14

After discovering some traces in my pantry up to 22ml long, that were clearly not from a house mouse, I realized that one we had a little native visitor hiding inside somewhere and that it was in-fact a rarely seen Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes).  I set the "catch them alive trap" with peanut butter and placed in the pantry overnight and sure enough, in the morning we found a very unhappy female Yellow-footed Antechinus inside.  I have heard before about antechinus' coming inside during winter, but this is a first for us and I must admit she was far more welcome than a traditional house mouse!  After taking a couple of photos through the cage trap, she was released back outside in a thickly grassed area where there are plenty of hollow logs on the ground and she happily scampered into one.  This is only the second time we have been able to photograph one, although we have witnessed one previously running down a tree trunk and into a hollow log on the ground.  See previous post here.

Yellow-footed Antechinus have a diet of Insects, flowers, nectar, rodents and even small birds at times.  They breed from late winter to spring and the male's die after mating!  They have a grey head with a white eye-ring and orange-brown coloured sides and have a poorly developed pouch.  (see previous post that shows pouch and pouched young).  They are mainly nocturnal and their biggest threats are cats.  Droppings of adults are long, pointed and up to 22mm by 3mm wide (see image below).

(INFORMATION SOURCE:  Wildlife of Greater Brisbane - A Queensland Museum Guide, Field Guide to Australian Mammals by Cath Jones & Steve Parish.)

B & J

Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes)

Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) The pouch skin folds could be seen under the antechinus but are not obvious in this photo.

Yellow-footed Antechinus (Antechinus flavipes) (You can just see the white rings around it's eyes in this image)

Antechinus Evidence in the Pantry  (easily distinguished from a house mouse scat)