Friday, December 30, 2016

Pale-headed Rosella Babies

For the first time ever at Jarowair, a pair of Pale-headed Rosellas have been sucessful in raising three young here. A few months ago, Brendon installed a nesting box he made under the eaves of the cabin roof at the house, with the intention of it being for parrots. He made sure it was far enough away that gliders and possums couldn't access it and so it was ideal for birds.  It wasn't long before a pair of pale-headed rosellas started checking it out.

Four chicks hatched, but only three survived.  We were lucky enough to see the parents come and call to all three to leave the box - it was really exciting to see.

B & J.

A peak inside the nesting box, three pale-headed rosella babies, 19/12/16


Mum and bub Pale-headed Rosella.

Two little heads poking out of the box.


One of the parents calling to the babies to come out.

One of the Pale-headed Rosella Babies, leaving the nesting box.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes a new visitor

11 December 2016

THREE GROUND CUCKOO-SHRIKES AT JAROWAIR

Three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima) were witnessed for the first time at Jarowair mid afternoon.  A trio of long-tailed birds were seen grazing in two different locations at our property, I didn't want to get too close and scare them away, so I watched from some distance, enjoying hearing their delicate calls to each other, before one took off with a twig in it's mouth to a large ironbark tree, the other two soon followed, and after a few minutes, proceeded to head off to the neighbors property.
This Christmas sighting is a new record for our property, and one for myself, however Brendon has seen them before some years ago in Toowoomba.  It is interesting to note that these birds were seen by Birdlife Southern Qld during their trip to our region some months ago, in a paddock not too far from our property.

J.G.

One of three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima) at Jarowair 11/12/16
One of three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima) at Jarowair 11/12/16

One of three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima) at Jarowair 11/12/16
One of three Ground Cuckoo-Shrikes (Coracina maxima)  with twig in beak, at Jarowair 11/12/16



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Green Tree Frogs Galore

22 November 2016

Each night our back glass doors leading onto our deck, becomes alive with Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea), appearing from goodness knows where. Most nights we can count 10-15 scattered along the edges of the windows, waiting for moths to come to the light shining from inside.  Last week however a record number of 19 were counted in the one area!!  I have attached a short instagram video of the 19 frogs to this post.

It is good to note that the frogs are all different sizes, confirming that they are breeding and surviving well at Jarowair.  I guess they have learnt quickly that sitting by the widows on the deck is a 'sure thing' as food sources go, plus they have the dogs water bowl to then go and use as a jacuzzi later on.  We do not use any sprays or insecticides on our property, hence plenty of spiders to knock down all of the time, but the plus side of this is that we have plenty of insectivore's calling the outside walls and decks home.  Many people do not realize the damage they can do to wildlife by spraying their homes for spiders.  Geckoes, frogs and microbats all rely on small insects for their diets, and if these insects come into contact with areas that have been previously sprayed, this is a catastrophe for the native wildlife.

J.G.


Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) on the deck at Jarowair 23/11/16

Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) on the deck at Jarowair 23/11/16


Green Tree Frogs (Litoria caerulea) on the deck at Jarowair 23/11/16


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Carpet Python in a tree

17th November 2016

CARPET PYTHON - JAROWAIR

This gorgeous Carpet Python was in a small eucalyptus tree at Jarowair - he happily let us take a few photos.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Caper White Butterfly Migration 2016

8 November 2016

There has been "Light snow" (aka Butterfly Blizzard) in the Toowoomba region the last few days, with the influx of thousands of beautiful Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java) on their once in 6 year migration from Western Qld. These native butterflies only migrate when the weather is warm and suitable for breeding. They move east in search of food and to breed, and will then lay their eggs on the native Wild Caper tree or Mock Orange shrub. It is quite a spectacular sight to witness.
I have been noticing them locally for six days, and thought it was time I attempted a few photos of this phenomenon, as the migration usually only lasts around one week.

J.G.

Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java) during migration at Jarowair 8/11/16

Female Caper White Butterfly(Belenois java) during migration at Jarowair 8/11/16

Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java) during migration at Jarowair 8/11/16

Caper White Butterflies (Belenois java) during migration at Jarowair 8/11/16


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Australian Coral Snake a new sighting

1 November 2016

Second sighting ever at Jarowair of an Australian Coral Snake!!

It has been six years since our previous, once only sighting of an Australian Coral Snake (Simoselaps australis), until now! Brendon came across this 30cm approx beauty at the back of our property at night.  We were beyond thrilled to see it, as such a long time has gone by since our last sighting - and it's not for the lack of looking that's for sure.

The previous sighting was of a tiny juvenile (see post here) which had ventured into our garage at a time that we were doing some light earth-works creating new garden beds near the house.  It was likely because of this disturbance, why it had ventured indoors.

The Australian Coral Snake can grow to 50cm long, but the average length is 30cm, which is what we estimated this one to be. They are a snouted snake with a snout that is slightly upturned with an acute transverse cutting edge. They are uncommon nocturnal burrowing snake, that is weakly venomous, found under rocks and logs, eats lizards and reptile eggs.

We took a few photos and we both picked up the snake for a brief better look at it, then it went on it's way, disappearing under grass tufts without a trace.

B & J

SOURCE: http://www.fauna.com.au/web_pages/animals/reptiles/australian_coral_snake.html


Australian Coral Snake (Simoselaps australis) at Jarowair 01/11/2016
Australian Coral Snake (Simoselaps australis) at Jarowair 01/11/2016
Australian Coral Snake (Simoselaps australis) at Jarowair 01/11/2016


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Owlet Nightjars nesting at Jarowair

29 October 2016

It was an interesting experience today, when two owlet nightjar fledglings flew out of a nesting box at our place in the middle of the day after we accidentally disturbed them by making noise near their nesting site in one of Brendon's nesting boxes. Luckily we located them in the long grass and put them back for the parents to come and feed them at night. They were sso beautiful and we are so lucky to have them nest at our property in a man-made nesting box for the second year.

30 December 2016 -  The two fledglings were raised sucessfully and the parents are still using the box as home, much to our delight.
B & J.

Brendon holding onto one of the Owlet Nightjar Fledglings, that flew out of the box when accidentally disturbed them.

Sneak-peak into the nesting box to check on the two Owlet Nightjar babies.
One of the Owlet Nightjar parents, still calling the nesting box home a few months later.

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Owlet Nightjar - 23 December 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

Bandy Bandy!

21st October 2016

BANDY BANDY (Vermicella annulata) sighting after four and a half years!  What an exciting finding this was... we were worrying that maybe we didn't have enough blind snakes (Bandy Bandy's exclusive diet) to still have them residing here.  Brendon came across this healthy looking one tonight, who looked like he had had a recent feed.  It's length was around 50cm.  This is the third sighting in 10 years that we have had here on our property of this stunning mildly venemous snake. 

J & B

BANDY BANDY (Vermicella annulata) at Jarowair 21st October 2016
BANDY BANDY (Vermicella annulata) at Jarowair 21st October 2016
BANDY BANDY (Vermicella annulata) at Jarowair 21st October 2016


Monday, October 17, 2016