Sunday, 28 September 2014

September Wildlife Report

Signs of Spring

Slender Hovea (Hovea lorata), Bellbowrie

Though it may be introducing itself to us gently this year, spring has definitely arrived in Brisbane! Temperatures have been slightly cooler than average, but decent rains from some robust storms have allowed the landscape to enter the new season with vigour. 

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Redcliffe's Wildlife on the Edge

Squirrel Glider

One of my favourite things about Brisbane is that native wildlife persists in our suburbs. One balmy night last week for example, I was thrilled to see a Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) less than a hundred meters away from houses in Kippa-Ring, a suburb on the Redcliffe Peninsula. If I had asked residents in the area how far I'd have to go to see such an animal however, I'm sure I would have been directed to National Parks forty kilometers away or more.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Pygmy Sperm Whale

Animal of the Month

Pygmy Sperm Whale; Photo by Pedro Madruga

What's so special about it?

The Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) may have inspired the literary classic 'Moby Dick', but fame has eluded its smaller relatives. The Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) is a poorly known, dolphin-sized whale that is shy, often solitary and prefers oceanic waters far away from the coastline. Stomach contents from stranded animals reveal that squid forms much of its diet. Intriguingly, the Pygmy Sperm Whale has a method of self-defense similar to that of its chief prey item; when threatened, it expels a murky cloud into the water which obscures its escape