This is my participation in a monthly event called Wildlife Wednesdays hosted by Tina of My Gardener Says ….
January was the middle of summer here in Australia, and I can tell you, it was extremely hot! Where I live in Queensland, nearly half the month had days of at least 35 degrees Celsius (that’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit for you non metric readers!) and the humidity was very high too. I think my air conditioner has been going nearly non stop 24/7 since the start of the year. Because of the extreme heat, I wasn’t out and about as much as usual, and neither were the local wildlife (and who can blame them!).
My best news of January was the welcome surprise visit from my magpie friend Ramsay! It was great to see him again, although he is missing some feathers, but otherwise, he seems fine. Igor, the resident male magpie, wasn’t overly impressed by the visit and kept a close watch on him, even giving him the stink eye! Ramsay only stayed long enough to have his photo taken, take a bit of meat from me, and then he was off down the valley. And he’s still making those funny baby bird noises (that’s how I knew it was him).
A few sulphur crested cockatoos were seen now and again during the month.
The large eastern water dragon made several appearances, no doubt enjoying the warmth of the season, although I did unexpectedly catch it on our verandah late one afternoon in front of the water dish, so perhaps it was even too hot for him!
And then this smaller eastern water dragon started making appearances near the end of the month.
The magpie babies are as big as their parents now, and are colouring up nicely. I have seen them eating on their own, although they do still beg for food and both parents give in and feed them. Spoiled birdies!
It must have been too hot for the brushtail possums as well, because they tended to only turn up very late at night after I’d gone to bed, so maybe they have trouble sleeping during the hot days. The possum box has been empty a lot too, but one morning I did see this female possum relaxing in it.
The baby kookaburras are going great, growing quickly now, having seen them just today, their tail feathers are long now like their parents, so it’s only the size of their beaks that give them away unless you see them making those baby bird “I’m hungry!” noises.
There was a bit of excitement one day when I saw one of the adult kookaburras feed a snake to one of the young ones. It was quite amazing to see because it was quite a large snake and I never thought the baby bird would eat it all, but it did, even if it did take about 45 minutes to get it all down. The photo below shows the bird with the last half of the snake. If you’re interested in seeing more photos of what happened, check out my recent post here.
And finally, even the rainbow lorikeets felt the heat. Here’s a video of them getting cool in the house guttering which gets cool water in it from the air conditioner.
Hope you enjoyed seeing my backyard visitors. 🙂