Quolls are carnivorous marsupials (genus Dasyurus) with four species found in Australia and two in New Guinea.
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.
Australia is a great country, especially if you are interested in ants. We have ants that live on tidal mud flats and have to waterproof their colony against each flooding tide and weaver ants which use their larvae as living sewing machines to stitch leaves together to form shelter.
As we drove up the Clarke Range the cloud cover intensified making it hard to see much of the rainforest. Not deterred, and with book, bino’s and camera in hand we persevered to start what was supposed to be a day of Eungella Honeyeater surveys, a camp out, a cuppa and bed by 7pm of course.
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.