Sunday, April 17, 2016

Rufous Bettong Pair Up Close in the wild at Jarowair

17th April 2016


Last night Brendon and I had the most surreal encounter with a pair of Rufous Bettong's at our place. We were watching one about 10 metres away, which hopped off towards another in the distance. I decided to record them on my phone and what transpired was quite amazing.  Both of the bettongs hopped right up to us, about 1m in front, proceeded to grunt away at each other and stop for a while, before hopping off again.  They were not phased by our presence or torches at all.  They are such beautiful creatures and we feel so blessed to see them here at our wildlife patch.

J & B

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo Trio

Friday 8th April 2016


Friday morning, we were all standing near the kitchen table, about to all disperse for the day, when we heard the iconic sound of the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo's (Calyptorhynchus banksii) approaching, within seconds three had landed in the large hollow tree in good view of our deck!  Quick scramble to get the camera and assemble it, try to open the back door as quietly as possible and creep outside, to end up with two below average photos before they flew off towards the west.  The trio consisted of two females and one male, but I only managed photos of one female.

While we do see both the yellow-tail's and the red-tails fly overhead, mostly at sunset, they have not stopped at our place for a very long time... so long in-fact that I see that I have  NEVER added a photo of one from our patch to this blog in 10 years!!!  

I do remember around 2006-2007 there was a period of a few weeks where quite a few Red-tailed Black Cockatoo's were roosting in an ironbark tree in the centre of our property at the end of the day, and we observed them on our weekend visits to the property.  I am sure that I took photos (most likely terrible ones) of them back then... so the search through the un-catagorised digital photo files will be on!!

I will note that our neighbour has had them stopping overnight at their place from time to time over the years though.

Anyway, it was such a great start to the morning to see such majestic birds, even if only for a few seconds.

Judi & Brendon

Female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii)  Jarowair 08th April 2016

Female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii) flying away - 8th April 2016.

Blue-spotted Hawker Dragonfly

9 April 2016


I photographed this large dragonfly at our patch, resting on the trunk of a small tree overhanging a small waterhole.  I am new at learning to idenfity them and so had to call in advice from the experts on this one.  Thanks to Rob Ashdown & Rod Hobson for identifying it as a female Blue-spotted Hawker Dragonfly (Adversaeschna brevistyla), that was getting on in age and a little worse for wear.  

Female Blue-spotted Hawker Dragonfly (Adversaeschna brevistyla)
Female Blue-spotted Hawker Dragonfly (Adversaeschna brevistyla)
More information about the Blue-spotted Hawker in South-East Queensland can be found on the Brisbane Insects Page here.