Saturday, 6 December 2014

UPDATE: Superb Fairy Wren Nestlings

Great news: The wren babies have fledged. Sadly we missed the event, but it's wonderful to see them bopping around with their tiny stumps of tails. Some of these photos aren't the clearest, but with them growing so quickly, there were no second chances.


DAY 9 Dad feeding the kids

DAY 10 Hungry mouths

 DAY 11 Leaving home day

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Superb Fairy Wren Nestlings

We have a Superb Fairy Wren nesting in a tub of rolled up gutter guard atop the workbench in our carport. Before the wren laid her eggs, Alan constructed a wire net over the lot that allows the fairy wren easy access and egress, but will keep – fingers crossed – the big birds at bay. The fairy wren is now the proud mother to triplets!

The triplets are now a week old

Day 4
Day 3
Day 1

Location of nest

You’ll notice she incorporated a corner of a plastic bag in her nest. We’re too scared to move anything in case we disturb the nest.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Wallaby with Brown-headed Honeyeater, Mt Samaria State Park VIC

Brown-headed honeyeater plucking wallaby's fur for nest

The Brown-headed Honeyeater is quite common around these parts. It collects fur from animals to line its nest and one can be seen on the flank of this old swamp wallaby. She did not seem to mind the bird plucking fur from her.

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Grampians and Wimmera, Victoria (June 2014)

Last year, we spent a week in The Grampians and loved it so much, we decided to book it for a month in winter. Unfortunately, we couldn't have foreseen the January bushfires that burnt out 52,000 hectares.

Where we were staying bordered the Grampians National Park. Thanks to the owners’ fire-fighting efforts, the all timber cottage (photo below) was saved. However, the surrounding area wasn't so fortunate. Much of it was charred and it still had that burnt smell (not a nice wood fire smell either). The blackened skeletons of trees provided little cover or feed for wildlife and most of what had survived had gone. We saw a few emus (photo below), Wedge-tailed Eagles and the odd magpie, but that’s all. But the Australian bush is nothing if not resilient and there were signs of regeneration everywhere.

Unable to explore the Grampians National Park as we’d planned gave us the opportunity to explore areas further afield that we wouldn't have otherwise seen. We even caught a glimpse of the rare Mallee Fowl (sorry, no pic).

Where we stayed
Taken from the back deck of the cottage
Not exactly our usual type of lunch spot, but we didn't have much choice that day deep in the park.

Epicormic growth

The grass tree is one plant that does love fire (so long as it's not too hot)

Red Rock - Grampians NP 

Mountain Dam - Rocklands State Forest

Mount Arapiles - Natimuk 

Water skiing at Lake Albacutya - not the best photo, but the signs says: Speed Limit 5 Knots

Part of a mural - Albacutya

Kangaroo and joey - mum cleaning while bubs naps

Friday, 27 June 2014

Swamp Wallaby with Joey, Toolangi State Forest

We’re yet to finish sorting out our Grampians photos, but in the meantime, here’s one we took today on our picnic. Yes, eating outdoors when it’s a blustery 12°C/53°F with a wind chill factor many degrees lower is undoubtedly crazy. But then we would have missed this swamp wallaby and her joey.

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