Image taken this morning in the riparian zone on the Island at Sportsman Creek Conservation Area. ” The largest Owl in Australasia. It is a typical hawk-owl with staring yellow eyes and no facial disc and have a wingspan of up to 140cm. The Powerful Owl is endemic to eastern and south-eastern Australia, mainly on the coastal side of the Great Dividing Range. It occurs in low densities and a breeding pair will defend a large home range of 400-1450 hectare.”. They are monogamous and mate for life. Note Squirrel Glider in right talon. Powerful Owl feed mainly on arboreal mammals and bats with birds making 10% of their diet. This bird is an important new sighting for the Conservation Area. Click on webpage below to listen for call of the Powerful Owl.
I.D. courtesy of David Charley.
Image of a large (40cm) bird taken on the island at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge. “One of the shyest and wariest of pigeons. Voice a soft, high-low “whOO-wuk, whOO-wuk”. Favouring rainforest and cleared land with abundant Camphor Laurel species. Status is scarce, although abundant in northern New South Wales”. Although occasionally heard, a first time sighting for the property.
Reference; Morcombe, M. Field Guide to Australian Birds. P,156.
The boletes are closely related to the agarics (fungi with gills). Many boletes display colour changes when the flesh is cut, so that whitish or yellowish tissue becomes spectacularly greenish blue due to enzyme reactions triggered by oxygen in the air. Boletes are very important in the Australian bushland as mycorrhizal partners, but they also provide food for the larval stages of many insects.” Image taken in riparian zone at Sportsman Creek wildlife refuge.
Reference; Young, A.M. Field Guide to the Fungi of Australia.
I.D. courtesy of Don Gover.
Further reference; www.sydneyfungalstudies.org.au