1. Black Falcon, Jeebropilly.
|Black Falcon; Photo by David Jenkins courtesy of 'Birds as Poetry'.|
- give hot pursuit to a startled Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis). While the egret ultimately escaped (see here to find out how), I was still very taken by the power, speed and intelligence of this large falcon.
2. Glossy Black-Cockatoo, Aroona.
|Female Glossy Black-Cockatoos have yellow markings on their head and neck.|
3. Baillon's Crake, North Lakes.
|A Baillon's Crake, preening in the early morning sunlight.|
4. Little Eagle, Chandler.
|Little Eagle being harassed by a Torresian Crow|
5. Yellow-faced Whip Snake, Lota.
On one of November's many hot and sweaty afternoons, I went for a walk in a small but well-cared-for Brisbane bayside reserve and came upon the elusive Whip Snake. Small, surprisingly colourful and extremely quick, I made do with a brief glimpse of this anxious skink-hunter as it raced through the leaf litter in search of prey.
6. Grey-crowned Babbler, Haigslea.
|Grey-crowned Babblers are boisterous birds that are also known as 'Happy Jacks' and 'Yahoos'.|
7. Native Plants and Trees, various locations.
|Dogwood (Jacksonia scoparia) tree in full bloom, near Caloundra.|
8. Australian Little Bittern, North Lakes.
|Male Australian Little Bitterns make deep, low and loud calls at night to advertise their territory.|
|Koalas can be individually told apart by patterning in their nostrils.|
In some ways, 2014 became the 'Year of the Koala' for me. I began to recognise the types of trees they can be found in, saw them both during the day as well as at night, and found them in all levels of the forest, including on the ground. My fondness for Koalas only increased when I was able to show them off to international and local friends, who were really able to connect with the Australian bush through their experience with this animal. Key locations where I found Koalas this year include Kippa-Ring, Ormiston and Joyner, indicating their preference for life just outside of the Brisbane city limits. A great Facebook page to follow for more Koala facts and photographs is 'Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours'.
10. Ornate Burrowing Frog, Kippa-Ring.
|Ornate Burrowing Frogs have hardened pads on their hind feet that allow them to dig backwards.|
- TOMORROW: My favourite wildlife locations of 2014!