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A rare sighting of  a hunting Square-tailed Kite floating effortlessly over flowering Ironbarks for parrots. These birds are considered rare and scattered across their entire range.

 

Plain green lorikeet with yellow margins to plumage of neck and breast giving a scaly appearance. Found feeding on Red Ironbark nectar and only seen here when the eucalypts are flowering.

 

Found in the riparian zone on Sportsman Creek Conservation Area. Observed feeding on the fruit or (drupe) of the Jackwood trees (Cryptocarya glaucescens) which fruit around June each year. These large 45cm birds fly far and fast in search of rainforest fruits. 

Image of male moth with brown patterned forewings, each with a complex spot near the middle. The female is flightless and her bulbous brown body is covered in pale brown hair.

http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/lyma/australis.html

I.D. and further reference courtesy of Don Herbison-Evans

  

A small flock of locally nomadic Fuscous Honeyeaters on the Conservation Area. Widespread along the East Coast.

There are five races of pardalote which cover almost the entire continent. They build a nest in suitable ground and forage for small insects in foliage.

Image of the metallic coloured and parasitic Cuckoo Wasp which lays it’s egg inside other wasp nests to hatch and feed on the food inside. They are common and have been observed favouring Mud Dauber Wasp nests.

Macro image courtesy of local Wildlife Photographer Tony Belton.

Image of a adult Banded Lacewing or Antlion. Body length of 40mm with clear wings and black/brown venation with two clear bands on the hindwings.

The most arboreal dasyurid (small carnivorous nocturnal marsupials) listed as Vulnerable and Near Threatened on the IUCN Redlist. It is likely this species occur sparsely and discontinuously across their entire range. Their Australian native name is Tuan and have a long black-brush tipped tail. The Conservation Area is providing the necessary habitat for their continued existence. Photographed hunting in shed.

 

Breeding in the ponds after recent rains are the Northern Pobblebonk or Northern Banjo Frog. Limnodynastes means “Lord of the Marshes.” This species is readily distinguished from all other species in S/E Australia by its scarlet groin markings.

Reference: Robinson, Martyn. A Field Guide to Frogs of Australia. 

 

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