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Extremely widespread across rural districts usually seen performing acrobatics hunting insects.

Breeding pair of Rufous Whistler in the Wildlife Refuge favouring the Melaleuca cover under eucalypts.

The caterpillar is found on Mistletoe and when disturbed curl their heads back. They are a large attractive day flying moth often mistaken for a butterfly. A new species for the Conservation Area.

I.D. courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans follow link for further references.

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/agar/behri.html

Mistletoe Day Moth

Captured with our Trail camera is this female Painted Button Quail. A bird which feeds both day and night for seeds and insects and is reasonably common and widespread. A new species for the Conservation Area.

I.D. courtesy of D. Eggins.

The locally nomadic Red-browed Finch found feeding on fresh grass seed in the Conservation Area.

The caterpillars feed on Hard Quandong. Wingspan around 5cm. First time sighting of this moth at Sportsmans Creek Conservation Area, with no common name.
I.D. and reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans.

A surprise find on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area after the January floods is the native species of Macadadami integrifolia. Listed as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act and (facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium term.)

Classification 3VC under the ROTAP system.

Freshly grown plants of Tuckeroo, Red Cedar and Soft-Twig Rush are going into the riparian zone along Sportsman Creek. Partly to restore last year’s losses which were incurred in the January floods. In conjunction with this years funding with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust for (Habitat Restoration.)

This moth has a wingspan up to 2.5cm. The caterpillars are green with a pale line along each side of the back. Tufts on the end of the abdomen are wiggled by the female to disperse a pheromone in order to attract a mate.

I.D. and information by Don Herbison-Evans. Further reference http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/spil/indica.html

Also known as the Crested Hawk, a medium sized bird which feeds amongst the treetops for stick insects, frogs and reptiles. Found amongst the Swamp Turpentine on the Conservation Area and rare in New South Wales.

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