The delicious nectar from a Grevillea stand immediately in front of our house is being hotly contested by the resident honeyeaters. A grab for exclusive pecking rights is underway.
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. […]
For those of you that didn’t hear: the Australian ‘Big Year’ record was officially broken at the end of 2012. John Weigel has annihilated his predecessors, seeing 745 species of bird in Australia in a single year, beating the previous record of 720 set by Sean Dooley in 2002. Just let that sink in for a moment. Seven hundred and forty five different bird species.
Seen by one man.
In one year.
A few weeks ago on his early morning drive to work, Dan spotted an unusual ‘snipe’ wading through a drain in a cane field, right by the highway. He stopped to double check, and called an emergency ID confirmation from a fellow birder – Marj. Latham’s snipe – Tick.
This month not for profit organisation Earthwatch are busy chasing volunteers for their expeditions to discover more about the unique and fascinating wildlife of our Cloud Forests here in Queensland…
Escape the sounds of the bustling city as you step into the lush and tranquil tropics on Earthwatch’s Wildlife of the Cloud Forests expedition. The sounds of a bird chorus at dawn and trickling waters of nearby creeks and streams will be your new home, as you immerse yourself in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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.
Twelve months ago, BIG readers were asked if the cassowary could weather Yasi’s storm. Before the sun had set the day after the category 5 cyclone belted the Queensland coast, cogs were already turning as the community and State Government banded together to address and manage the impact to the endangered, Wet Tropics population, of the southern cassowary, Casuarius casuarius johnsonii.
A few weeks ago, BIGs specialty bird knowledge services were called upon. A group of serious twitchers were coming to town, with one little bird on top of their list: the Eungella honeyeater (Lichenostomus hindwoodi). We arranged to show the travelling birdos around Eungella NP and surrounds, and hoped that we’d catch sight of the EHEs we have come to know through our surveys.
The arrival of spring is not the only reason to celebrate in September, it’s also national biodiversity month.
It provides a chance to celebrate Australia’s magnificent flora, fauna and landscapes; and to promote the conservation of our unique native wildlife.
To wrap up NBM 2011, I thought we’d reflect a bit on what “biodiversity” means in Australia.