Sunday, August 31, 2014

Wild Dog Encounter 31/08/14

Since approximately December 2013, on and off we have been hearing the howling and barking of wild dogs in the area.  Our son disturbed one in the long grass near the chook pen earlier in the year and then Jude saw one running through the back of our property not long after.  We have set the camera trap in different locations but are yet to have captured the dogs on camera.  While taking a walk through the property behind our place in August I spotted three pups and a mother wild dog, and was able to capture a few photos with the large zoom lense before they got wind of me and took off.  We have since discovered the greusome remains of a young out-of pouch joey that had been ripped apart by the dogs on our property in the dry creek bed and continue to hear their howling on and off.  We are currently looking into control options  as these dogs are wild dogs and not dingoes.  Council runs baiting programs for wild dogs, however we have contacted a professional licenced shooter. We are not keen on the idea of bait and would worry about other wildlife being poisoned, however it may need to be considered in the future, if other methods fail.

Currently the dogs are not residing on our property, but frequent our small patch of land on and off.  They no doubt cover a fair distance in the bushland surrounding our area and we have spoken to other neighbours who have also had sightings of them.   Despite being a pest animal, the dogs were very good looking, and didn't appear to be starving, no doubt they are cleaning up all of our wallabies, bandicoots, birds and other small animals.


Macropods, Monitors & Hail August at Jarowair 2014

A selection of the photographs we have taken at Jarowair during August 2014.

Large Eastern Grey Kangaroo, drinking at Wallaby Waterhole at Jarowair, 26/08/14

Boxing Red-necked Wallabies at Jarowair 23/08/14.  See All photos here...
Three Laughing Kookaburras overlooking Jarowair, 31/08/14

Yellow-faced Honeyeater taken "over the fence" of Jarowair 31/08/14

Beautiful Robin taken "over the fence" of Jarowair 31/08/14
"We're Back!"  The Lace Monitors are back out in force at Jarowair and keen on steeling our chickens eggs once again 26/08/14

This Lace Monitor was actually quite a vibrant yellow colour and the photo doesn't do it justice.  26/08/14

Eastern Grey Kangaroo's looking hard for something green to eat at Jarowair, 16/08/14

The Wallabies and Kangaroos have had to graze on the edges of the roadsides to find anything green to eat during winter.  We love watching the Red-necked Wallaby Joeys in pouch.  26/08/14

We had a hailstorm at Jarowair at 11pm on 26/08/14, the first one in years.  

Brendon captured some photos of the Wild Dogs we have been hearing and seeing evidence of in August.  More here...31/08/14

The flowering Wattles are a welcome sight in the dry winter months.  I love the contrast of the yellow with the bright blue sky. 26/08/14

Winter Sunset overlooking our neighbours properties 26/08/14

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Red-Neck's Boxing Again

Boxing Kangaroos are always entertaining, and the Red-necked Wallabies at our patch don't disappoint and are just as feisty as their Eastern Grey relatives.  These Red-necked Wallabies decided to have a punch up in the backyard one late afternoon in August and I was able to capture their dramatic display of masculinity on camera.  I do wish however they had chosen a better "background" as most of the photos have the biocycle in the background!



Red-necked Wallabies "boxing" in the backyard at Jarowair, August 2014.

Red-necked Wallabies Boxing at Jarowair 23 August 2014

Red-necked Wallabies Boxing at Jarowair 23 August 2014.

And then it was over, just as quick as it had begun... back to the important stuff... eating.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Micro snails in macro

By chance, I spotted these tiny snails in a potted plant at our patch and decided to test out my rarely used macro lense - it doesn't disappoint!  I will admit that holding the camera still to take these photos of this tiny creature was rather challenging however. The snail was only a couple of millimeters wide.


Snail Photo - cropped to zoom in.

Original photo (pre-crop) of the snail, size comparison with an Australian 5c coin.

Australian 5c coin in my hand - showing the size of this small coin for overseas followers.