Sunday, 23 November 2008

Spiders

These Trapdoor tunnels were found in a Rainforest around about 1999 we do not know what type of spider uses them as none were found in the tunnels at the time.




The lid is very unusual

This Jumping Spider was hard to take a photo of because it kept jumping on the camera

This Huntsman likes my washing basket.

The Saint Andrew's Cross Spider has taken up residence on the roof of the veranda.

This Red-backed Spider was near my curtain when I went to open it the other day.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Sounds of the Bush

I would like to share with you some of the sounds of our bushland that we have been lucky enough to visit. Bell Miners may be heard throughout the background of these clips, with the following birds featuring in order- White-winged Triller, Pied Currawong, Eastern Spinebill, White-throated Treecreeper and Rufous Whistler.
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Monday, 17 November 2008

Rainforest Walk

The Rainforest at Bymien had a good number of Kauri Pine growing in it as was evident by the number of fallen seed pods. It's not a good idea to sit or park a car under one as the pods were falling the whole time we were having lunch.

Kauri Pine

Kauri Pine Seed Pods

Some interesting fungi on a fallen tree trunk

Some birds are very clever at nest building

This little skink kept an eye on us as we went past his hiding place.

Not sure if anyone was home and did not hang around long enough to find out.

Monday, 3 November 2008

Nice Day At The Beach

How one day can be so different to the next!
Clear sky and a sea breeze Saturday, Sunday heavy overcast though no rain with a strong wind.

Great out on the water.

Saturday we went down to the coast for the day and with time to spare took a walk along the beach to a nearby spit.
I said "there is nothing out here to look at", but not so.

Pincushion Island

As we were going to turn around we saw a small flock of little birds on the sand in front of us and on closer inspection identified some Red-capped Plovers.
Some other birds we saw during our walk were Pelican

Blue-faced Honeyeater
Australian White Ibis

Sunday we carried out our monthly Wader Count.
Thanks to the heavy overcast, conditions on the tidal flats were not too bad really.
It could have been worse, (hot, humid and raining).
Not a bad count, 23 species with a total of 824 birds over 4 sites.
On our way home we saw a Koala beside the road, very unusual at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.