Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Easy pickings

Our hens enjoy scratching around in their enclosure to get their feed of grain each morning, but there is always a bit left for later in the day. This has been seen by a flock of about 2 dozen Red-browed Finches as an easy way to get a feed so they just pop through the chicken wire and get their fill.

They are quite happy to keep feeding until the hens get a bit too close and then they are off to the safety of the nearby bush to wait for the all clear for a return.

The yard is a bit muddy after the almost 3" of rain over the past three days and this has resulted in some of the seeds getting trampled in to be brought to the surface with a bit of scratching around.

 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Acrobatic feeding

A few Black Cockatoos announced their arrival this morning with some screeching and rasping calls, so we were hopeful that they would live up to their reputation as predictors of rain as we are having our driest period in twenty years.
They spent the morning moving through the trees searching for moth larvae in the branches and soon the main sound was branches being ripped open to get to the larva.
I found one in a position for a photo and then it flew to another tree and started to work on getting at the larva.
 The branch was attacked from various positions and it demonstrated its acrobatic ability in achieving the result.
  After a sunny morning we had rain start late this afternoon so the lived up to their reputation as predictors of approaching rain and we are hopeful more is on the way.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Exotic feed station

We have an Agavae desmettiana (varigated) in a pot and this year it has sent up a large flower spike and the flowers are starting to open much to the delight of our local honeyeaters.
An Eastern Spinebill demonstrates that you can sip nectar whilst hanging below the flower.

A Lewin Honeyeater finds a more upright position for a sip.

 
Nectar attracts others as well as honeyeaters and a bee almost got out of shot before the Lewin Honeyeater snared it as a tasty addition to the nectar diet.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

A moth my first post for some time.

Back home after having a most enjoyable holiday touring around England and Scotland visiting castles, ruins,cathedrals, museums and taking in the scenery. Intended doing a blog on the trip but found the ipad not particularly friendly and usually out of time as we crammed so much into each day.
Since getting back organising and editing photos has been taking up most of my spare time and not taking many photos. We are experiencing the coldest winter for some years and the wildlife is on the scarce side as they are taking shelter from the bitter winds.
Today I found a moth clinging to the flyscreen door and it was one not seen before so a photo was required.
Identified as belonging to the ARCTIINAE family Nyctemera secundiana a species which is often seen flying in daylight. Found in NSW and Qld. and the larvae are known to feed on one of our most prolific and difficult weeds, Fireweed although unfortunately not enough caterpillars to make any impact.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

A big hand

We have not seen a lot of frogs this season which is probably not too surprising considering was one of our driest summers for some time. But today after light rain last night, I rescued from the pool a frog that is not one we see all that frequently, the Broad-palmed Frog Litoria latopalmata, although that seems somewhat of a misnomer as its species name means side-handed.
They have a range extending from mid Queensland south into NSW to about Sydney and their habitat is quite varied from open country through to various forest types.
It is a distinctive frog with strong colouring and markings making it unlikely to be mistaken for other species.