Quolls are carnivorous marsupials (genus Dasyurus) with four species found in Australia and two in New Guinea.
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.
After hearing a rumour of a rumour that a Noisy pitta (Pitta versicolour) had recently taken up residence at our local botanic gardens we headed off for a Sunday arvo wander.
Did you know that if you look in a mature Dugong’s mouth you will find tusks? Or that they can live to over 70 years and are known to swim up to 1000km between feeding sites? Were you aware that to find a Dugong’s nipple you have to look under its armpit?
The first scientifically described Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) was shot in what is now Agnes Water in May 1770. Captain Cook recorded in his journal “it turned out an excellent bird, far the best…that we have eat since we left England” [sic]. A culinary, if not cultural echo of Aboriginal Australians who have valued the Bustard as food for millennia.
You can almost hear the nearby she-oaks beckoning ‘caretta caretta’ as they shift in the warm summer breeze. Sounds quite lyrical doesn’t it? And if you’ve ever had the pleasure of witnessing a Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta) lay her eggs on a QLD beach it is indeed like poetry in motion.
A world first captive breeding program offers hope for the rehabilitation of Queenslands dissappearing rainforest frogs
Crocs have been getting a bad wrap lately. Our local croc expert spills the beans on why she still loves the ancient reptiles…
If you are in the north or east of Australia you may have noticed ‘grey toucan-like birds’ (as described by a Sydney friend) in your suburb making ridiculous sounds at all time of the day and night. These birds are actually the migratory Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae). They are commonly referred to as storm birds as they turn up in summer to breed then head back to New Guinea and Indonesia around March.