Wednesday, 29 October 2014

October Wildlife Report

A Parched Landscape

Humpback Whale, Noosa Heads
October has seen me showing off South-east Queensland to visiting guests from overseas. We have been enjoying sunny day after sunny day, but weeks on end without rain are starting to make the bush seem almost painfully dry. The month is concluding with record-breaking temperatures in areas away from the coast, and the heat is giving rise to towering clouds full of lightning. There's just one catch though

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Inala: A New Perspective

Wandering Percher (male)

As a young man, I was always dismissive of Brisbane. My need for adventure took me far away, first to Sydney, then to London and Toronto. Eventually though, being on the other side of the world allowed me to see my home clearly for the first time, and when I finally returned to Brisbane, it was with love and pride. Showcasing South-east Queensland through my 'Wild BNE' blog and Facebook page has only increased my admiration for this beautiful city, and it leaves my hunger for adventure well satisfied.

When I say I love Brisbane, I mean all of it. I find interesting and scenic places all around the city, from Bellbowrie to Brighton. Yesterday, a visiting English friend and I explored another delightful Brisbane location - Inala.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Decorated Tigertail

Animal of the Month

What's so special about it?

Decorated Tigertail; Photo by C. Y. Choong
Dragonflies are often thought of as the hawks of the insect world, and this is especially true for the Decorated Tigertail (Ictinogomphus decoratus). Its large size, bold nature, and speedy manoeuvrability spells quick death for any small invertebrate within its sights. And what sight! Tigertail eyes are perfectly sized and situated to allow a 360-degree view of the world, so that nothing escapes their notice! If by some lucky miracle you manage to sneak up on and capture one, be careful - dragonfly enthusiasts report that this species bites surprisingly hard when rough-handled!