Friday, October 31, 2014

Spotted Black Snake at Jarowair 31/10/14

Brendon literally stumbled over this Spotted Black Snake (aka Blue-bellied Black Snake) (Pseudechis guttatus) while walking up to the shed on the track tonight. This one was fully grown but didn't have the vibrant blue belly that we have seen on others here.

J & B.

Spotted Black Snake at Jarowair 31/10/14

Spotted Black Snake at Jarowair 31/10/14

October at Jarowair 2014

A random mix of photos taken during the month of October at Jarowair 2014, that don't really go with any blog post in particular!  The dry weather and the heat has been very harsh this month with everything brown and crunchy and not much food around for wildlife.  J.G.

Echidna 26/10/14

Tadpoles in the only pocket of water in the creek at Jarowair  27/10/14

Tadpoles coming to the surface at Jarowair 27/10/14

While not "Wildlife" this is the newest addition to the Jarowair  domestic pets - our first every chicken, and there was only one mind you!

Wild Dog photographed on neighbours property at Kleinton on 04/10/14 5.30pm.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tawny Baby growing & doubling in number

We have been watching a beautiful little Tawny Frogmouth being cared for by it's parents at our patch in South-East Queensland, Australia for the past few weeks.  Each week I have posted a photo of the little one's growth and progress. (see previous poss here 12/10/14,  19/10/14   ).  We went on Sunday again to take another updated photo of the bird who is almost a fledgling and to our surprise we noticed not one, but two baby Tawny Frogmouths!  Somehow in that flimsy little nest right up high, one baby had been hiding under mum each time we have gone for a look at it!
The nests of the Tawny's are rather pathetic and placed in precarious positions, so we are impressed that that there were two little ones being cared for!  I have taken many photos of course, but these are the best ones.  Yesterday afternoon we watched the two babies stretch their wings and hop around on the branches close by - so soon these little fledgelings will be off into the world.

J & B.

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Tawny Frogmouths at Jarowair, South-East Queensland 26/10/14  (You can just make-out the feathers of the second baby in-between the mother and chick).

Could this mother Tawny Frogmouth be any prouder?  Showing off her TWO baby Tawny Frogmouths at Jarowair 26/10/14. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Weebills at Jarowair

I watched a few Weebills at "Frog Dam" at Jarowair on 27th October 2014 - they would hop down from the tree branches overhanging the little dam and then precariously hang onto some of the thin rushes below to go for a drink, it was a long process, which often they aborted when the rushes didn't hold their weight, they would then fly back up to the tree and start the process all over again until they reached the water safely for a drink.  J.G.

Weebill at "Frog Dam" Jarowair 27/10/14

Juvenile Red-backed Fairy Wrens at Jarowair

Juvenile male and female Red-backed Fairy Wrens at play in gum trees near "Frog Dam" at Jarowair, mid-morning - 27th October 2014.  J.G.

A gorgeous looking juvenile male Red-Backed Fairy Wren at Jarowair 27/10/14

Female Red-Backed Fairy Wren at Jarowair 27/10/14

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Geckos and Lizards Galore in October

Here is a collection of the Gecko and Lizard photos taken at Jarowair in October.

B &J

Stone Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) 24/10/14

Thick-tailed Gecko (aka Barking Gecko) (Underwoodisaurus milii) 24/10/14

Bynoe's Gecko (Heteronotia binoei) 18/10/14
Juvenile Common Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) 18/10/14

Juvenile Common Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) 18/10/14

Grass Skink (Lampropholis guichenoti) 11/10/14  (Brought inside to photograph for i.d. then released)

Grass Skink (Lampropholis guichenoti) 11/10/14

Stone Gecko at Jarowair

I spotted this Stone Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) at Jarowair on the night of the 24th of October, while walking through the dry creek bed, after a night of spotlighting for gliders and bettongs. We haven't come across a Stone Gecko here for a couple of years. How we love seeing geckos in the wild. J.G.  (See previous post on Stone Gecko from 2011)

Stone Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) at Jarowair 24/10/14

Stone Gecko (Diplodactylus vittatus) at Jarowair 24/10/14

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Baby Tawny Frogmouth is growing up 19/10/14

You may have recently seen our blog post last week, on the white fluffy baby Tawny Frogmouth taken at our patch "Jarowair" on the 9th of October 2014.  Many of the comments requested an update on the little cutie, so here it is...

I am pleased to report that the baby Tawny Frogmouth is going very well and is turning more grey and fluffy as it grows.  We watch the parents dote on it at night, flying off to find food and bring back to their precious little one.

This photo was taken on Sunday the 19th of October (10 days after previous picture  See previous photo here...)

I will continue to update the photos of the Tawny Frogmouths progress and will aim to take a photo each weekend.

Fingers crossed it continues to thrive well and is safe from predators.

J & B.

Baby Tawny Frogmouth at "Jarowair" 19/10/14

Feathertail Glider Photos 17/10/14

While we always presumed that there would be Feathertail Gliders at Jarowair, however, it is only of recent months that Brendon has had many confirmed sightings of them.  Looking for Feathertail Gliders has required plenty of time and patience spent looking with a torch at night, only to see a glimpse of something tiny that would then disappear quickly away from the torch light.  The feathertails seem to be have been seen often in the same species of younger gum trees and often are found feeding in the same tree as a Squirrel Glider or a Sugar Glider.  During the week, (thanks to Brendon's good spotting), the kids and I were able to witness a beautiful Feathertail Glider in the wild at our own property - you can't get much better than that!

Feathertail Glider at "Jarowair" South-East Queensland, 17/10/14

"A feathertail glider has a mouse-sized body with grey-brown fur on the back and a white underside. The distinctive tail is quill-like and hairless except for a fringe of long stiff hairs down either side that resemble a feather." -  Wildlife Qld.  

For more information on the Australian Feathertail Gliders please visit Wildlife Qld here: 

J & B.

Feathertail Glider at "Jarowair" South-East Queensland, 17/10/14

Feathertail Glider at "Jarowair" South-East Queensland, 17/10/14

Feathertail Glider at "Jarowair" South-East Queensland, 17/10/14

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

White Fluffy Tawny Frogmouth Baby

This gorgeous white fluffy baby Tawny Frogmouth is being well looked after by it's parents who rotate parental duties on this tiny nest in a dead Ironbark tree at our patch.  We have been watching it daily and praying for its survival, what a little cutie it is.


Tawny Frogmouth with Juvenile at Jarowair - South-East Queensland October 2014

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Return of the Rufous Bettongs Oct 14

I was thrilled this week to spot a pair of Rufous Bettongs at Jaowair on a few different nights.  We have not had a sighting of these cute little marsupials for around 7 years at our patch.

It is interesting to note that the Queensland Museum classes the Rufous Bettong as "Rare" in South-East Queensland, however the Department of Heritage and Environment Conservation Status lists them of "Least Concern".  In any case, we know that they are rarely seen in our area and this is due to predators and habitat loss.  The Rufous Bettongs rely on native grasses for their habitat, in which they build a small burrow or nest underneath thick grassy tussocks, in which they live during the day.  They eat tubers, fungi, roots, grasses and native herbs, and have been having a great time ploughing up the dirt down the back of our place.  We hope they hang around!

B & J

Rufous Bettong at Jarowair 10/10/14

You can just make out the eyes from the baby in pouch in this Rufous Bettong at Jarowair 10/10/14 

Linking with Our World Tuesday

Monday, October 13, 2014

Glider Feeding Frenzy 08/10/14

Wild Glider Feeding Frenzy at our patch "Jarowair" in South-East Queensland, Australia on the 8th of October 2014.  Three different species of  Gliders. Sugar, Squirrel and Feathertails were seen in the one tree, and were not alone with plenty of gliders around in the smaller eucalyptus trees with fresh tip.  These are some of the many photos that I captured under torchlight of these beautiful creatures.  B.G.

Look closely... I first thought this glider had hold of some gum leaves, until I viewed the photos on the computer and discovered it was in fact a huge green mantis!  
Glider with Mantis at Jarowair

Squirrel Glider at Jarowair 08/10/14

Sugar Glider at Jarowair 08/10/14

The Feathertail Gliders move so swiftly and do not like the torchlight at all, this is the only photo I was able to get due to how quickly they glide away from the light.  08/10/14

Sugar Glider at Jarowair 08/10/14

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Dwyer's Snake at Jarowair 05/10/14

Late last night I came across this Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at our patch. I saw it not far from the waterhole which is adjacent to a massive pile of logs and branches. The snake was particularly swift moving and feisty in nature. This one was approximately 40cm in length and kept still while the torch light was on it, but as soon as the light was moved, it took off with incredible speed. I returned to the house to get Jude to show her and to get the camera, on returning, the snake had moved some distance from where I had first seen it and we luckily came across it while walking down to the area. This is another new recording for our patch.

Dwyer's Snakes are brown to redish brown with a dark base to each scale and a black head blotch unbroken from snout to nape. They live in woodlands and rock outcrops and bear live young of up to 7. They are nocturnal and feed on skinks, dragons and snakes. They grow to 60mm long.  Mildly venomous.


(Information Sources:  A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia by Steve Wilson & Gerry Swan and Wildlife of Greater Brisbane by Queensland Museum)

Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014

Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014

Dwyer's Snake (Parasuta dwyeri) at Jarowair 05th October 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sugar Glider Footage at Jarowair, June 2014

It has taken some time, but we have finally gotten around to uploading some of the footage taken on the camera trap at our patch.  This video was filmed over two nights of a Sugar Glider family living in one of the nesting boxes that I have built and installed at Jarowair.