Friday, 27 June 2014

June Wildlife Report

Snowflakes in Sandgate

It seems like I am always starting off these monthly wildlife reports by saying that it's been a warmer-than-average month, and this holds true for June 2014 also. While this has led to some beautifully sunny and mild days for nature exploration, the effects on wildlife behaviour have not gone unnoticed.

Friday, 13 June 2014

A Woodland in the West

Grey Fantail

Speckled Warbler

One of the first things you'll notice when you look at the woodland along Raysource Road is the barbed wire - there's lots of it! Situated in the rural Ipswich suburb of Haigslea, the area's bushland exists solely because private landowners allow it to. The farms here stock small numbers of Cattle, but several key blocks of land seem to hold nothing but wonderfully dense stands of old-growth woodland. Stay respectfully on the correct side of the barbed wire and you will experience a South-east Queensland 'secret' birding spot of excellent quality! To see what other

Friday, 6 June 2014

Little Eagle

Animal of the Month

What's so special about it?

Little Eagle; Photo by 'Parks Victoria'
As its name suggests, Australia's Little Eagle (Hieraaetus morphnoides) is the smallest Eagle in the world, its maximum weight amounting to only one-fifth of the more familiar Wedge-tailed (Aquila audax) species. Yet despite its size, the Little Eagle is still a formidable predator of ground-dwelling mammals, particularly the introduced European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Originally, its diet would have consisted of bandicoots, small wallabies and other native marsupials, but as these creatures have been driven regionally or nationally to extinction, rabbits have become an essential food item instead. However, an unforeseen consequence of recent successful control measures against the rabbit is that populations of this impressive bird have also declined.