The month of July was actually the warmest July in Australia on record – no wonder it didn’t feel like mid winter! Here in Queensland, there was only a day or so of rain and the rest were sunny with clear blue skies. On the weekends I was out and about in short sleeves, often in temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius. Looks like spring will be coming early and we may be in for a long hot summer. The wildlife must be feeling the change in the air too. I’ve already seen a magpie flying over with a stick in its beak heading off to make a nest, and also a kookaburra preparing a termite mound for their nest, same place as last year.
So here are photos of some of the wildlife visitors to my place during July.
This Crested Pigeon was busy eating some little seeds that had fallen from the nightshade tree. You can find out more about this bird here.
This Yellow Faced Whip Snake was sighted almost in the same place as the last one I saw some time ago, likely the same snake. You can see more of this snake here.
This Ichneumon Wasp is only 1cm big, I’ve seen a few of these around now.
This spider is a Plebs eburnus or Eastern Grass Orb Weaver and is barely 1cm in size and is endemic to Australia. They have a web that shows the time, 5 minutes to 5!
A healthy looking male of the pair of Pied Currawongs that live around my house. You can see more of these birds here.
One of the family of four Pied Butcherbirds that often visit.
I rescued this Monarch Butterfly from a spider web.
Some Rainbow Lorikeets having a feed. You can see more photos of these birds when they sheltered on my veranda during a rainy day here.
An adult and juvenile Kookaburra.
I was taking photos of these pretty sweat peas one afternoon then later realised I captured an aphid on one!
A commotion one afternoon drew my attention to the return of a Pacific Baza. Here he is in the middle of eating something he caught. You can find out more about these birds here.
A Hoverfly can be hard to get a good photo of, but it stayed still for this portrait.
Here’s something I’ve never seen before – a Sunskink, possibly a dark flecked sunskink. It’s only about 10cm long. Sorry for the quality of the photo, it was on zoom so I didn’t scare it away.
I busted this Brushtail Possum cleaning up the leftovers of the lorikeet food in the bird feeder.
This is a Common Crow Butterfly. They are slow flyers and this one stayed still long enough for me to get some nice shots. Read more about this butterfly here.
And lastly, I spotted this Eastern Rosella checking out one of our glider nest boxes for a possible nest, but the entrance hole is far too small for them so they’ll have to keep on looking.
Thanks for visiting and reading about my backyard wildlife visitors. 🙂
This is my participation in a monthly event called Wildlife Wednesdays hosted by Tina of My Gardner Says… You can see the wildlife visitors of other participants here.