Wednesday, 28 August 2013

August Wildlife Report

Welcome to the Dry Season

Once you are far enough north in Australia, the climate shifts from operating around the familiar four seasons to a Wet/Dry dichotomy instead. While August has always been a fairly dry time of year for Brisbane, August 2012 was the driest on record, with only 0.2mm of rainfall received. August 2013 is currently on track to match that record, with no further rain forecast for the rest of the month.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Lake Samsonvale Birding

I was only fourteen when I was introduced to the birding lifestyle. My Mum had seen a notice in the community section of the local newspaper and encouraged me to put the Sega down for a few hours so I could reconnect with the outdoors. My Dad came along to help introduce me, and minutes later I was staring down the lens of a telescope and having strange things like 'Whiskered Terns' pointed out to me. As it turned out, I loved my new hobby, and afterwards I attended every Bird Club meet-up that I could. Though I was about fifty years younger than the average member of the group, it felt like hanging out with a team of awesome grandparents who could teach me fascinating things, like the difference between a Godwit and a Whimbrel.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Wattled Jacana

Animal of the Month

What's so special about it?

In a power flip that would make Gloria Steinem proud, it is the female Wattled Jacana (Jacana jacana) that rules the roost - literally! Mrs Jacana holds the biggest territory in her wetland home, sharing the lilypads with a harem of up to four males that form an uneasy alliance with each other. By mating with them all and laying eggs randomly in each of their nests, she ensures that her offspring are brought up in a predator-filled environment with five dedicated adults protecting them as best they can. As the saying goes, it's wise not to put all your eggs in the one basket!