Thursday, 31 May 2018

Pre blog post

Before I commenced this blog we had a visit from a lizard that I have not seen since, so I thought I should revisit the two occasions when I managed photos of this visitor as a record of the visit.

The first was on the 9th of April 2010 when this lizard, which I was able to identify as a Tree Skink or Striated Skink Egernia striolata, was sunning on a rock next to our house.


It stayed around the area for months but tended to be quite wary and quickly going undercover between logs which is where my next photo was taken on 21st September 2010.


The skink is listed as reasonably common although the range seems to be more to the inland areas of Queensland, NSW and Victoria. The habitats are dry Eucalyptus forests through to rainforest where they are found under bark and logs or hollow stumps and fallen timber. Like other skinks the food sources are insects, frogs and spiders.

 

Monday, 30 April 2018

Velvet covered

Our feral deer population is getting ready for the next round of breeding and the bucks have just about finished growing their new antlers. They have started their destructive rubbing on young trees and saplings but it is certain to get worse in the near future as most antlers are still covered with velvet.
A group have been around our property of late and today five were in the area near the house.




The deer problem seems to be in the too hard basket for any of the government departments to come up with any effective control and their area of spread just gets bigger.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Wingspread

A pair of Wedge-tailed Eagles has been around the area over the past week or so and yesterday I was able to get a photo against an overcast sky, as they cruised across the front paddock.


With a wingspan of around 2m it is Australia's largest bird of prey with a wide range, including Tasmania and southern New Guinea.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Be a fly

Rescued a fly from the surface of the pool, one I have not seen before so worthy of a photo but only had my phone. However did manage a photo (not very good) but as soon as I came back with the camera, the fly had dried out and was not having another photo taken.


Tracked down the ID as a Black White-tipped Brown Bee Fly Comptosia apicalis one of the many species of this family. The white tips (the white near the body is light reflection not white marking) identify this one as a male as the females have brown wings.
They feed on pollen and nectar of flowers where as the larvae are parasites on other insect larvae.
Not much information on their range but sightings a shown down the east coast of Australia.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Making an appearance

Coming to the end of summer and we are seeing some of this year's new arrivals making an appearance. Today we had a young tree snake (likely to be the previous season's) make its way onto the deck then slide down  a post back into the garden. Later in the day looking out the office window I saw a very small tree snake exploring the bamboo palm, going up and down the stems.


This is the smallest (about 300mm length and less than a pencil thick) one I have seen of the Common Tree Snake Dendrelaphis punctulatus  which can grow to 2m but usually around 1 to 1.5m. 



The female lays around 4 or 5 elongated eggs so we may yet see some more young ones.