Wildlife Visitors in August

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.

Ladybird
Ladybird
Unidentified hairy caterpillar
Unidentified hairy caterpillar
Tiger Moth
Tiger Moth
Crab flower spider
Crab flower spider
A fly - seems to be a cross between a true fly and a flesh fly
A fly – seems to be a cross between a true fly and a flesh fly
Golden Orb Weaver "just hangin' around"
Golden Orb Weaver “just hangin’ around”
The Golden Orb Weaver making a meal of a honey bee
The Golden Orb Weaver making a meal of a honey bee
A tiny little fly called a Steganopsis melanogaster
A tiny little fly called a Steganopsis melanogaster
Hoverfly
Hoverfly
Native Bee - Tetragonula carbonaria
Native Bee – Tetragonula carbonaria
Native Bee - Tetragonula Carbonaria
Native Bee – Tetragonula Carbonaria
The glistening jewels of spider webs in the grass early one winter's morning
The glistening jewels of spider webs in the grass early one winter’s morning

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).

Cane Toad
Cane Toad

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.

Female Brushtail Possum with a joey in her pouch
Female Brushtail Possum with a joey in her pouch

Here’s another female brushtail possum that’s been visiting us.

Young female brushtail possum
Young female brushtail possum

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!

Male brushtail possum
Male brushtail possum

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!

Female possum on the look out while her joey nibbles some nuts

And this young female possum has become a regular. Everytime I checked the possum box there she was!

Young female brushtail possum in our possum box
Young female brushtail possum in our possum box

During August there were also the regular birds around.

Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner
Pied Currawong
Pied Currawong
Pied Butcherbirds - 2 Adults and a Juvenile
Pied Butcherbirds – 2 Adults and a Juvenile
Scaly Breasted Lorikeets eating leftovers from the Rainbow Lorikeets
Scaly Breasted Lorikeets eating leftovers from the Rainbow Lorikeets
Pale Headed Rosella
Pale Headed Rosella
Pair of Torresian Crows
Pair of Torresian Crows
Pair of Laughing Kookaburras
Pair of Laughing Kookaburras

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.

Young male magpie
Young male magpie

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.

Juvenile Magpie
Juvenile Magpie
Juvenile magpie
Juvenile magpie
juvenile magpie
juvenile magpie

And of course we have the usual crowd of rainbow lorikeets.

Rainbow Lorikeets
Rainbow Lorikeets
Give us a kiss!
Give us a kiss!

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! 🙂

 

 

18 thoughts on “Wildlife Visitors in August

    1. lol The rainbow loris can be very noisy if there a lot of them or if they are arguing, which happens a fair bit! But even so, they’re entertaining. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Denis, sometimes I’m surprised how well the macro pics turn out, lots of detail in the photo you would never normally notice. And yes I agree, pity about the cane toad! 🙂

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  1. You have made a good home for a wonderful collection of creatures! Your photos are beautiful too. I especially liked the spider and bee photo, just amazing. Those Lorikeets are so cute and Igor is fun to watch taking his responsibilities so seriously.

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  2. Lovely and varied images from your garden Sue! One can tell you care a lot about them, probably other people would see the possums as a nuisance.
    Love the Rainbow lorikeets – they have such a ‘tropical’ for me 🙂 and so cute.

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  3. So much to love here, Sue! Fabulous macro shots of your various insects–just gorgeous! The birds are all interesting, those lorikeets–charming–as well as all your other birds. Thanks so much for participating as you have such special wildlife critters to teach others about.

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  4. A lovely showcase of creatures in your yard Sue, you have quite a connection with many of these birds and animals, as you care for them, this is a beautiful symbiosis of humans and Aussie creatures. Excellent photos, especially love the Scalys, we don’t see them down our way much at all. Once the female magpie lays her eggs she will remain on the nest till the babies are born, being fed by her husband, the other relatives, and precious young will stand watch over the nest. Thanks Sue for updating us on your backyard wildlife reserve:-)

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