1. Black-necked Stork, Cooroibah.
|Black-necked storks are an uncommon bird in South-east Queensland.|
My hands-down favourite wildlife encounter for 2016 was also one of my first—a January morning spent with a black-necked stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) near Noosa! I had driven up to Lake Cooroibah in the darkness, ready to enjoy a beautiful sunrise in its entirety, when I noticed a majestic bird wading in the distance. Over the next hour, it came closer and closer until our paths met along the shore and I was bestowed with the best view one could possibly have of this stately being. The jabiru (as I was raised to call them) has been my favourite bird ever since my Dad showed me the pair that used to nest alongside the highway at Bald Hills when I was a child.
|Tiger beetles live in a variety of habitats, with this species preferring seashores and saltmarsh.|
3. Blue Ant, Woorim.
|Female blue ants lay their eggs on and paralyse mole crickets.|
4. Pale-vented Bush-hen, Keperra.
|Pale-vented bush-hen photo by Greg Roberts at Sunshine Coast Birds.|
5. Common Tree Snake, Springbrook.
|While they are non-venomous, tree snakes defend themselves 'skunk style' with a foul-smelling odour.|
6. Giant Bulldog Ant, Maroochy River.
|Giant bulldog ant photo by Teddy Fotiou at Epoch Catcher.|
7. Keelback, Meldale.
|The keelback is the sole representative in Australia of a primarily South-east Asian genus of snakes.|
8. Tawny Frogmouth, Albany Creek.
|Frogmouths are 'perch and pounce' hunters like kookaburras, except they are nocturnal.|
9. Old Wife, Coolangatta.
|The old wife is found around the southern coastline of Australia.|
10. Caper White, all suburbs and locations.
|Caper whites are found across Australia, South-east Asia and on some Pacific islands.|
11. Wedding Bush, Woorim.
|The wedding bush is found only in coastal wallum heathland.|
12. Koala, Lawnton.
|Koalas sick with chlamydia have a 'wet bottom' and should be reported to a local wildlife care organisation.|