Tuesday, 28 January 2014

January Wildlife Report

North Lakes Town Park
'Lifers', Migrants and Climate Change.

It's been a great start to the year for wildlife watching in South-East Queensland, especially for bird life. As this is therefore a 'bird heavy' post, I've shared this with 'Wild Bird Wednesday', Stewart Monckton's excellent weekly collection of bird blogs that you should check out if you haven't already. This month I saw two new 'lifers' (ie. species I've never seen before) in the one location - the Moreton Bay Shire suburb of North Lakes. Sighted there earlier in January was a White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea), a tropical species usually only found in the far north of the continent. Birdwatchers raced to the area after the bird was reported, in order to get

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

A Focus on Amphibians

I spent Monday night of this week in the Redlands, searching along Hilliards Creek for frogs. Surveying wildlife in this area is not a new thing for me, and some of you may remember that I wrote a feature last year on the fish found in this waterway. I

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Southern Sandhill Frog

Animal of the Month

What's so special about it?

Southern Sandhill Frog; Photo by WA Museum
Australia has a number of frog species that are adapted to living in some pretty challenging environments, but the Southern Sandhill Frog (Arenophryne xiphorhyncha) beats them all! Along with a closely related Northern species (A. rotunda), this chubby frog ekes out a living amongst the scorching sand dunes of the Western Australian coastline. It has developed a number of adaptations that allow it to survive there,