This is my participation in a monthly event called Wildlife Wednesdays hosted by Tina of My Gardner Says …..
August was the final month of winter here in Australia and where I live the weather has been warming up quickly and we only had a couple of days of light rain. Perhaps because of the weather conditions, I was able to get photos of some insects and even the welcoming sight of the return of native bees.
One night I came across this Cane Toad outside near the shed. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the only one I saw. (These are an introduced and very invasive species).
August was also a busy time for our visiting brushtail possums, they were very active at night. And it seems that the mulberry tree near the house has grown a bit taller because now a few of the possums are climbing up this tree, jumping onto our tin roof and running up and down having a ball! I still can’t believe how loud these little animals are when they run along the roof or even the wooden veranda – they really do sound like a herd of elephants with hob nailed boots on!
In my last Wildlife Wednesday post you might recall seeing the lovely little joey in our possum box. Well, unfortunately, I have no joey sightings to report for August, but mum was still visiting and here is a photo of her with her bulging pouch. I think we were just very lucky to see the little one last time and I don’t expect to see it again until it’s grown big enough to ride on mum’s back.
Here’s another female brushtail possum that’s been visiting us.
This possum is a male who comes to visit and here he is munching on a piece of sweet potato. He’s quite friendly despite the annoyed look he has in this photo!
And this is another female possum with a young joey who looks like it might be too old now to ride on mum’s back, and it just scampers along after mum everywhere. Here they are when mum heard a noise. I love it when they do this meerkat thing!
And this young female possum has become a regular. Everytime I checked the possum box there she was!
During August there were also the regular birds around.
It’s good to see that my friendly magpie Ramsey is still with us, although he looks like he’s missing a few feathers on his head.
Those of you who have been following my blog may remember we have a resident magpie family living on our property. Well, during the last few weeks we haven’t seen Maggie, the family matriarch, and since Igor, the patriarch of the family, has been fighting off all the other meat eating birds, we figure that Maggie is sitting on a nest somewhere close by. As it’s now September and peak swooping season, take care if you’re out and about!
Igor has also been picking on his 3 kids, the ones that hatched around October/November last year and are now young adults. Igor is probably hoping to get them to move on, especially if he has more babies on the way. Here they are below and if you look closely you can see each one is slightly different in stature and colouring. I’m not sure which ones are males and females. One of them has a sore foot and always perches holding the sore foot up, likely a result of a run in with Igor.
And of course we have the usual crowd of rainbow lorikeets.
This is a short video of a few of them clowning around in the gum tree in front of our house on a late winter’s afternoon. This sort of thing goes on a lot!
I hope you enjoyed seeing my wildlife visitors! 🙂