Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tawny Babies growing quickly at Jarowair

27th October 2015
Tawny Babies are growing very quickly at Jarowair.  They are running out of space in their tiny scrappy nest.  


See previous posts here:

Tawny Babies 27/10/15

Tawny Babies 27/10/15


Tiny Hover Fly in Macro

27th October 2015

Tiny Native Hover Fly (Melangyna sp) photographed in macro, at Jarowair on a Grevilla leaf.  The Hover Fly was around 8mm in total length.


Hover Fly (Melangyna sp)

Hover Fly (Melangyna sp)

Linking with Macro Monday 2

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Jarowair Aussie Backyard Bird Count 2015

25th October 2015

Jarowair Aussie Backyard Bird Count

Today marks the last day of the Aussie Backyard Bird Count week of 2015.  We have submitted three lists at Jarowair in the last week and considering our property is still regenerating, we were happy with our sightings. I also submitted one list of 10 birds at work during the week. 
The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is a free national event organized by Birdlife Australia.  Anyone can participate and you only need an open space and 20 minutes!  They have a fantastic free app that you can use to conveniently submit your list.  We have enjoyed participating again in this great event. 


25/10/15 List by Judi

  1. Brown Headed Honeyeater
  2. Varied Sitella
  3. Striated Pardalote
  4. Little Friarbird
  5. Varied Triller
  6. Golden Whistler
  7. Sacred Kingfisher
  8. Galah
  9. Australian Magpie
  10. Magpie-Lark
  11. Crested Pigeon
  12. Scaley-breasted Lorikeet
  13. Pale-headed Rosella
  14. Willie Wagtail
  15. Noisy Miner
  16. Blue-faced Honeyeater
  17. Laughing Kookaburra

25/10/15 - Night list by Judi & Brendon
  1. Australian Owlet Nightjar
  2. Tawny Frogmouth
  3. Laughing Kookaburra
  4. Noisy Miner

19/10/15 - List by Cameron
  1. Sacred Kingfisher
  2. Willie Wagtail (Gilbert)
  3. Noisy Miner
  4. Australian Magpie
  5. Crested Pigeon
  6. Laughing Kookaburra
  7. Wedgetailed Eagle
  8. Crow
  9. Pale-headed Rosella
  10. Galah
  11. Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
  12. White-faced Heron
  13. Rainbow Lorikeet
  14. Australian Wood Duck
  15. Australian King Parrot
  16. Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
  17. Australian Magpie Lark

Varied Sitella at Jarowair 25/10/15

Varied Sitella at Jarowair 25/10/15

Brown-headed Honeyeater at Jarowair 25/10/15

Striated Pardalote at Jarowair 25/10/15

Striated Pardalote at Jarowair 25/10/15

Striated Pardalote at Jarowair 25/10/15

Varied Triller at Jarowair 25/10/15

Sacred Kingfisher at Jarowair 25/10/15
Crested Pigeon at Jarowair 25/10/15

Friday, October 23, 2015

Tawny Frogmouth Babies of 2015

23rd October 2015

Tawny Frogmouth Babies at Jarowair

It has been 12 days since we first spotted this year's nest of our resident Tawny Frogmouth pair.  We have been checking on them regularly, and they have chosen a much nicer leafier location than last year, but due to all of the surrounding branches, and shadows they have proved difficult to photograph.  Today, I finally managed to get a couple of photographs showing two babies peeking from the nest during the hot afternoon.  So I can now confirm at least two babies are in this year's clutch.  Will keep you posted!


Monday, October 19, 2015

Two Koalas in one day

16th October 2015

Koalas at Jarowair

While looking out the windows in the direction of the back of our property early in the morning, I saw a koala jump from one branch to another in a Eucalyptus Tereticornis tree at our patch.  We have had sightings of koalas over the last few months at night, but usually they have moved locations by the next day, or we just can't spot them!  I went down to have a look at the koala and found it was very healthy thank goodness, but in one of the saddest looking trees at our patch.  Over the autumn period, most of the gum trees were decimated by insects and drought, leaving them in a terrible way. They have only just started to come back with some new tip emerging, but I have noticed that the insects are back again munching on the koalas much needed food source.  This fellow was still in the same tree in the afternoon. I knew it would move overnight as the tree just didn't have enough food on it for him to eat. 

Just after checking on the koala above, in the afternoon, Brendon spotted another one nearby, high in a Eucalyptus Moluccana tree.  This guy was very hard to see and the photo below is rather poor, but shows that it is also in good condition. 

Koala Scratches on the Eucalyptus Tereticornis Tree at

It is currently Koala mating season, so koalas are on the move.  Please watch out for them crossing roads, or entering properties where dogs reside.  If you notice any sitting on the ground, staying in one tree for more than a couple of days, with sick looking eyes or rump, please contact the RSPCA Wildlife Hotline on 1300 ANIMAL for assistance.

J & B

Friday, October 16, 2015

Eastern Grey Kangaroo & Joey

16th October 2015

Eastern Grey Kangaroo & Joey at Jarowair

This afternoon, I took this series of photographs of an Eastern Grey Kangaroo with her rather large Joey grazing on the lawn at our patch.  I found it quite funny watching them, especially how this huge joey managed to fit inside the pouch.


the Joey literally "tipped out"

Monday, October 12, 2015

Native Flax Wildflowers

12th October 2015


I found these "new" wildflowers at Jarowair growing among long grass in a rocky area not far from the creek edge.  Thanks to Martin Bennett and Stewart YaySun for helping with the identification.  They tell me that these beautiful purple flowers growing on long stems are in the Linum family, being L.marginale to be specific.  The common name is Native Flax.


Native Flax (Linum L. marginale) at Jarowair 12th Oct 2015

Native Flax (Linum L. marginale) at Jarowair 12th Oct 2015

Native Flax (Linum L. marginale) at Jarowair 12th Oct 2015

Native Flax (Linum L. marginale) at Jarowair 12th Oct 2015

Native Flax (Linum L. marginale) at Jarowair 12th Oct 2015

Flower Spider Catches Stingless Bee in Macro

12th October 2015

Flower Spider & Stingless Bee in Macro
"Jarowair" Land for Wildlife Property, South-East Queensland, Australia

I haven't used my macro lens for some time, so with the reminder that it was "I heart Macro Monday", I went outside to the garden to see if I could spot any insects on some of the flowers.  I quickly came across a small green and yellow Flower Spider (Diaea Sp?) in the centre of a small daisy flower.  I watched a tiny native Stingless Bee come and land on the flower once and then take off, and as I was taking a photo of the spider, the bee returned and the spider pounced!  These are the other photos from the journey to get my favourite macro shot of the lot above.  

To put the size of these tiny insects into prospective for non Australian readers, Flower Spiders (the male always being smaller than the female) range from 3mm to 1.1mm in length.  Stingless Bees range from 4-5mm in length, so you can see that compared to the stingless bee, the spider is quite small in these photos, only a few millimeters long.


Joining in with I Heart Macro & Macro Monday 2

Not very clear this photo, but it shows the spider launching onto the stingless bee. 

Dragging the bee underneath the flower petal

A super close-up of the top photo of the Flower Spider with it's Stingless Bee Prize at Jarowair, now under the flower petals.  12/10/15 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tawny Frogmouth's Nesting Journey 2015

11th October 2015

It has taken some time for us to find where the Tawny Frogmouth's were nesting at Jarowair this year. None of the usual nesting trees were chosen this season.  Brendon's keen eye spotted them last night with the torch, in an ironbark tree again, on the edge of the dry creek bank.  He thinks he saw at least two chicks in the nest at night.  
Today I went down to take some photos to document their journey, as we did last year (see last year's cute photos here).  This afternoon, I couldn't make out any of the chicks on the wiry nest under the parent, but we will keep a good eye on them and hopefully will get a few photos of the little nestlings to share. Keep your fingers crossed for another successful breeding season.  We will keep you posted!

J & B

Tawny Frogmouth on Nest at Jarowair 11/10/15

Tawny Frogmouth on Nest at Jarowair 11/10/15

Tawny Frogmouth on Nest at Jarowair - telling the Noisy Miners above, to bugger off!   11/10/15

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pale-headed Snake in Bromeliad

05th October 2015

Often at night, I check inside the Bromeliad plants in our garden for different varieties of frogs, on this night however I found this Pale-headed Snake emerged from the inside of the plant!  It was typically quiet and let us take a few photos, and remained in the same spot inside the plant the whole next day, but retreated the following night to find a less conspicuous spot.

B & J

(Behind the scenes of trying to get a good photo!)  I took this pic on my iphone while holding the torch over the veranda railing, while Brendon was in the garden trying to get a good pic of the pale-headed snake - which he did -see first pic in this post.  This is our crazy life - but we love it!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Barking Gecko

05th October 2015

Barking Gecko (aka Thick-tailed Gecko) (Underwoodisaurus milii) blended in well with the pebble-crete path at Jarowair at night.  This little cutie did it's usual display of raising itself up high (shown here) and then flipping around and making it's barking noise as it wasn't impressed having the torch light shone on it!  I took a couple of pics and then let him be.  We love these little guys.  See a previous post here about the interesting details of the scientific name of this native Australian Gecko. I must note that Brendon also saw one, late in the evening down the back of our property, which was wonderful, as our sightings are irregular. 
Barking Gecko (aka Thick-tailed Gecko) (Underwoodisaurus milii) at Jarowair 05/10/15

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Red-bellied Black Snake in creek

04th October 2015

We accidentally startled this Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) while walking along the creek bank at the back of the property today. The snake was most likely basing in the sun on a large rock near some thick lomandra grasses, when we approached, scaring it into the water below. We watched it swim around the edge of the waterhole and disguise itself rather well under the rim of a large rock that was submerged.  It raised it's head out of the water a little, however after waiting for ages for it to come out to get a better photo, it chose not to co-operate.

We were talking about it, and although we have seen Red-bellies numerous times here, these are the first photos we have taken for the blog!

B & J

Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) in creek 04/10/15

Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus)

Red-bellied Black Snake completely submerged under the water

Friday, October 2, 2015

Owlet Nightjar's Nesting

01st October 2015

Pair of Owlet Nightjar's Nesting at Jarowair

After almost 12 months, we have had our second sighting ever of an Owlet Nightjar (Aegotheles cristatus) at Jarowair, and a spectacular sighting it was!  A pair of Nightjars have started using one of the nesting boxes that Brendon has installed here.  This box was made from a hollow stump, which he added a top and bottom to and made an entrance hole with the hole-saw.  What an amazing sight it was to see Australia's smallest nocturnal bird peeking out from the entrance!

Owlet Nightjar at Jarowair 01/10/15

The story doesn't end there....

Later that night I heard an unusual sound down the back of the property from the house.  The call kept coming and I knew it was a sound I hadn't heard before, so headed off with the torch to investigate. As I got closer, I realized it was the nightjar calling out in alarm - the sound was chilling and it wouldn't stop.  The nightjar was now on a branch not far from the nesting box.  I ran back to the house for the camera, another torch & Brendon and back down we went.  On return, we saw the other nightjar also close by.  It wasn't long until we spotted their concern... a Squirrel Glider was headed towards the nesting box and the Nightjars were flying at it trying to scare it away.  Straight away we realised that there must be babies in the box!

A snap, crazy decision was made, for Brendon to climb up the tree to check on the babies in the box, while doing this, the squirrel glider entered the hole of the nesting box much to our alarm also.  We love our gliders, don't get me wrong, but seeing these nightjars nesting was super special - we couldn't risk losing the baby nightjars.  Brendon awkwardly climbed the tree, opened the box to find the glider inside and carefully as possible pulled the glider from the box and put it into his pocket while being bitten numerous times, he managed to not fall from the tree - despite me laughing in hysterics on the ground below.  He looked into the box to see three eggs, and none of them damaged - thankfully.  The glider was moved to a nearby tree, a little distressed from it's ordeal also!

We waited some time and the nightjars returned to the nest, and were relieved to see one at the hole again the next night. Fingers crossed, they have success raising their little chicks and that the gliders find plenty of insects and flowers to feed on instead of these little bird's babies!  Intervening with natures way isn't something we like to do usually, however we felt it was certainly worth it this time!

B & J