Wildlife Visitors in July

This is my participation in a monthly event called Wildlife Wednesdays hosted by Tina of My Gardner Says …..

July was mid winter here in Australia and it was a pretty dry month where I live in South East Queensland. I think because the wildlife was out more searching for food and water, I was able to sight a few rarely seen birds here and even got to see a bird I had never seen before.

This is the little bird that was new to me – a striated pardalote. There were two of them flitting around in the branches in the gum tree near the house. They’re very small, about the size of a finch, and they move so fast it was difficult to get any decent photos of them.

striated pardalote

This is my magpie friend Ramsey. As you can see, he’s been in the wars, by the looks of the back of his neck. I did see four magpies madly chasing another bird through the air last week, and then he turned up looking like this. Poor thing. I guess the resident magpie family aren’t tolerating him being around as much anymore.

australian magpie

I rescued this queen winged ant from our fishpond.

winged queen ant

After rescuing the queen pictured above, I also discovered small groups of large honey coloured ants on lily pads in the middle of the pond. How they got there, what they were doing there, and how they were going to get off those lilies is a mystery!

ants on lily pad

 

ants on lily pad

This beautiful looking bird is a pale headed rosella. We hear their call regularly, it is quite distinctive, but they are very timid birds and we hardly ever see them. I was very happy to get this quite decent photo of one.

pale headed rosella

This is a daddy long legs spider. You see them everywhere, but this is the first time I snapped a photo of one.

daddy long legs spider

I caught this crested pigeon trying to have a snooze.

crested pigeon

Sometimes we have a visit from a sulphur crested cockatoo. Here is one who dropped by. It was all fun and games until the camera got too close!

sulphur crested cockatoo

 

sulphur crested cockatoo

 

sulphur crested cockatoo

This rather large ant is green head ant, also known as a green ant or metallic pony ant. They have a nasty bite.

green head ant

This bird is an eastern rosella.  This is only the second time I’ve seen one. This one looks like either a female or an immature one.

eastern rosella

We still have the pair of kookaburras hanging around.  Here’s one of them.

laughing kookaburra

And here’s the other one. It looks like he’s having a conversation with a tree fairy! 🙂

kookaburra

Here’s one of the family of pied butcherbirds that regularly visits.

pied butcherbird

I saw this little spider crawling up a gum tree. It’s some type of jumping spider.

jumping spider

Lots of rainbow lorikeets have been around. These guys were having fun taking a bath!

rainbow lorikeets

 

rainbow lorikeets

Here’s another bird that we don’t see very often – a scaly breasted lorikeet. They are smaller than the rainbow lorikeets and are very pretty with their luminous green colouring and flecks of yellow. Unfortunately, the rainbow lorikeets are very bossy and they don’t like other birds sharing their food. As you can see in the photos below, one scaly lorikeet sneaks up to the feeding dish but then gets told off by a rainbow lori!

scaly breasted lorikeet

 

scaly breasted lorikeet

 

scaly breasted lorikeet and rainbow lorikeets

We also had quite a bit of night time activity by the brushtail possums. We have possum visitors every night, some more than others, and sometimes they are more noisy than others. We think there are at least 6 different possums around at the moment, two of which have joeys in pouches at various stages. Here are a couple of photos of possums that dropped by for a snack during their nocturnal travels. The first picture is of a young sub adult possum munching on some sweet potato. I haven’t been able to establish if it’s a boy or girl yet, but I’m guessing it’s a young male because the other night he turned up with a gash on his back and was missing a bit of fur, probably from a fight with another male.  The second picture is of an adult male snacking on banana. He seems to be the current “boss” because he’s very confident and he walks with a swagger (yes, he does!) and the others avoid him like the plague!

brushtail possum

 

brushtail possum

There was also some activity in our possum box. This little girl is a regular visitor, she’s not quite an adult yet. This possum is one we rescued sometime ago because she had a deadly disease. After being in care for a few weeks, she was released back onto our property, and we were happy to see that she stuck around and even found her mum again. You can read this little possum’s story in an earlier post here and here.

brushtail possum

One day I discovered 3 possums in the box! Very unusual as possums are solitary animals. Going back through all my photos of the visiting possums, it appears that the possum on the right is the same girl as the one pictured above, and the other possum is actually her mother who now has another joey. I have caught these two possums sharing a box before, mother and daughter, so I suppose the mother must not be too worried about her, possibly because she is not full grown yet and maybe she realises who she is.

brushtail possum joey

And just because that possum joey is so cute, here’s the most recent photo, taken 2 weeks after the one above. Mum is busy chowing down a bit of banana.

brushtail possum joey

I hope you enjoyed seeing my wildlife visitors. 🙂

 

15 thoughts on “Wildlife Visitors in July

  1. Hallo Sue
    What gorgeous pictures, and so many different types of creature! Pardalotes are beautiful little birds. We get the spotted variety in the bush around where I live. I have a video on my blog of one or them snapping lerp off the leaves of a tree. I’m hoping to get a good still photo of one sometime too.
    Cheers
    Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I found your video of the spotted pardie on your blog. Good capture! These little birdies are quite a challenge for the photographer. 🙂

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  2. Fascinating to see all this wildlife beauty in your backyard. Even your pigeons are prettier than ours. While we have possums out at night in our yard, I’ve never seen a baby one. How adorable.

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  3. What a wonderful collection of wildlife Sue, you have a regular zoo there:-) Iove your pics. I would like some Scaly breasteds and some pale headeds to fly over my way. Yes Pardies are always a challenge to photograph, as you saw from my Broome shots. If you can find their nesting tunnels nearby you will be able to determine their browsing the circuit and be ready for them. You have to photograph them in an opening in the trees to get a good profile as they stay in the canopy most of the time. I use a 400mm lense to catch them as they are so small, the size of a leaf. I will be featuring some interesting pics on the Pardies in a few weeks time.

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    1. Thanks for the tips Ashley, I hope to get some good photos of them. I’ll look out for your upcoming post on these little birdies. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Tracy. Yes, the joey is a little cutie indeed. We don’t often seen them this little, they usually have a lot more fur and are already riding on mum’s back when we see them, so it has been quite special seeing this little one.

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  4. Terrific photos, all of them! So many beautiful and interesting birds and insects. I love the antics of the cockatoo–he’s a charmer, but that possum joey, well, it doesn’t get much cuter than that. You’re so fortunate to enjoy such a wide variety of wildlife and we’re equally lucky that you shared them with us!! Thanks for joining in!

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  5. Beautiful images Sue and wonderful stories , any international visitors are getting a true introduction to Australian fauna. Good luck with poor old Ramsay, he is going to need some help as the others could seriously hurt him.

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