Wow a lot has happened since December! Our last post on Orange-bellied parrots deserves a quick update.
For those following along on twitter, or in the news, January has been a rollercoaster of fledglings, foster kids and the devastating loss of 16 captive parrots due to a bacterial infection.
By this time of year most of us have started winding down, cheerfully enjoying the season’s rumball-fuelled fripperies. Meanwhile, in a remote pocket of south-west Tasmania, a project is underway to try and mitigate a conservation crisis. And the stakes couldn’t be higher; the very existence of a spectacular Australian bird hangs in the balance. […]
Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) have not been seen in Kosciuszko National Park for 75 years…until now. Just recently, a male koala was spotted crossing the Snowy Mountains Highway near Blowering Dam east of Tumut. Whether it was just a rogue individual or a member of an unrecorded population remains to be seen. The closest known populations are […]
Quolls are carnivorous marsupials (genus Dasyurus) with four species found in Australia and two in New Guinea.
As those of the birdwatching community would understand, it’s always satisfying to get a clean sweep and sight all of the members of one bird ‘family’. And nothing could be more exotic than covering the length of Queensland to see the four Australian-based ‘Birds of Paradise’ from the family Paradisaeidae.
Far north QLD never fails to deliver awesome wildlife encounters at any time of the day or night. While spotlighting recently on Cape York I half tripped over a small log while navigating a particularly dense patch of woodland. I shone my torch to the ground to avoid a face plant and realised my ‘log’ had two eyes and an unimpressed look on his face. I had accidently stumbled over Australia’s largest snake, the Scrub Python (Morelia kinghorni).
Dave has come to expect the nightly back and forth of chuk-chuk-chuks as his resident Asian House Geckos (AHG) bark away. And each morning, the light of day reveals their ubiquitous calling card on skirting boards, walls, lampshades and outdoor settings. But as Dave has noticed, there seem to be a few different species at his place. Depending on where you live in the country you are likely to have a mixture of native and introduced gecko housemates.
As an avid gardener Kerry observes many wildlife visitors in her backyard. She often admires the colourful and raucous Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) bathing and preening in her gutters after rain (which, in Ingham, is a regular occurrence). While Kerry came to expect their daily presence on her roof, someone else was also keeping a close eye on these birds.
Now here’s one you don’t get to see too often. Unless of course you live in Weipa. Then you would see these guys fairly regularly on the local sewage ponds (on a side note – sewage ponds are a great place to see birds if you can handle the smell). But for those of us from anywhere else in Australia the sight of a Spotted Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna guttata) is something to write home about.
On the weekend most of the BIG crew headed out to Clarke Range west of Mackay to begin a survey of the endemic Eungella Honeyeater (EHE) (Lichenostomus hindwoodi).