Monday, 14 November 2016

Crows & Scarecrows

Every year in the Mary Valley they hold a Scarecrow Festival.
The Scarecrows must work, as we did not see any crows during our travels through the Mary Valley on that day. Had to take photos of the crows in our back yard; maybe I should get a Scarecrow. 

Torresian Crow (Juvenile)(Corvus orru)
Adult and Juvenile
For more Birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Butterflies Everywhere

Butterflies everywhere you look! The Caper Whites are on the move in their thousands! It would be very interesting to see just how far they go. We live in South East Queensland, and we heard a report they could go down as far as Victoria. Not sure how far North they travel. People may not be aware with the shear numbers of Caper White Butterflies that there are other Butterfly species also migrating with them, like the Meadow Argus and Australian Painted Lady.

Caper White (Belenois java)(Female)
Caper White (Female)
Caper White (Female)
Caper White (Male)
Caper White (Male)
Caper White (Male)

Meadow Argus (Junonia villida calybe)
Meadow Argus

Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi)

This Kookaburra was sitting in one of the trees in our back yard, and was being harassed by all the other birds. It had enough, and flew straight for me; then landed on the railing right beside me.
Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

For more birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday

Tuesday, 25 October 2016


Went from one end of the country; Melbourne Victoria, (last post), to Townsville in far north Queensland.
As we had not been that far north before, most of the birds were new to us, and the Butterfly was an added bonus.
All the photos except for the Raven were taken at our relatives' house yard where we were staying.

Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides)

Great Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus nuchalis)
Cairns Birdwing (Ornithoptera euphorion)(Male)
Australia's largest butterfly 125mm - 150mm

Escapee Lutino Indian Ringneck
Helmeted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides)

Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
 Also called Nutmeg Mannikin or Spice Finch. (Introduced, used to see these in our yard a long time ago.)

White-gaped Honeyeater
 (Lichenostomus unicolor)
For more birds visit Wild Bird Wednesday.