Monday, 19 September 2016

Scaled down

The spotted gums, Eucalyptus maculata, opposite our deck are heavy with blossom and the mistletoe is also in flower so the honeyeaters and the lorikeets were very active feeding this morning. The rainbow lorikeets, the largest of the family are very prevalent in the area and we regularly see them feeding on the flowers in the garden. The three other species of lorikeets in the area are generally seen flying rapidly from tree top to tree top to feed on the highest blossoms but today a few Scaly-breasted Lorikeets, Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus, were tempted by the mistletoe flowers lower down and stayed long enough for a couple of photos.

 Apart fron the yellow "scales" on the breast the bright green colouring only gives way to another colour when the under wing bright orange is seen in flight.


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Lichen the camouflage

Found this small moth amongst a pile of Casurarina glauca branches and branchlets that I was clearing out of my trailer. Only spotted it as it moved otherwise I am sure I would have missed it.

Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me so had to make do with the Iphone and  it is not as sharp as I would have liked.
The identification took a bit of time even though I was fairly sure it was in the GEOMETRIAE family and I tracked it down to the sub-family ENNOMINAE where it was identified as Paradromulia ambigua an appropriate name as there are wide colour variations and patterns and many without the white markings.
The moth is found in Queensland and NSW but I didn't find any other information although it would appear to be ideally suited to association with lichen.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Amongst the foliage

I am a bit late with this post, having been away, but last week I heard a bird chattering away in repeated bursts which I didn't recognise so grabbed the camera and went to investigate. After a bit of searching I finally pinpointed the calls to high in a Eucalyptus but with a limited view.
I was quite sure it was a Grey Goshawk Accipiter novaehollandiae, and managed to get a couple of photos for identification before it flew off. 

You can see the quality is not great, as I had to crop quite a bit because it was a long range shot, however it confirms the Identification and shows the extensive chest barring indicating a young bird. 
The Grey Goshawk has two morphs, grey which is found in forested areas especially coastal closed forests throughout NSW Queensland and Victoria. The white, with all plumage pure white predominates in NW Western Australia, Northern Territory and coastal Victoria where as it is the only one found in Tasmania.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Not so crimson

Found a moth on the window last night that I hadn't seen previously and as a bonus it was quite  distinctive, so I figured it would be not too difficult to identify. Wrong, I scoured the sources and could not get a moth that looked like this one, but the closest I could find gave the clue;  I read that the markings could be quite variable.

All the ones that I could see of the likely species, in the identification sources, had vey different markings on the wings, regarding of the direction and their number. However when I checked images of the species I found many variations of the markings and a few close to this one.
What I didn't see was the crimson colours that are hidden under the wings and on the upper body. However other identification points match, so I concluded that this is an exqmple of a Crimson Tiger Moth Spilososma curvata. They are found in Queensland. NSW and Victoria wher the caterpillars feed on herbacious plants such as dandelions, geraniums and beans.


Monday, 8 August 2016

On the move

Tomorrow will be day 50 since the python caught the wallaby and today it changed the resting spot from the pavers to the garden. Until now it hasn't been able to lift the weight to get into the garden but a week ago it did move across to the lily bowl to have a deep drink.

I expect that it will not be long now until it moves off to a more secluded spot to rest through the remaining cool weather.