August was another month of warmish winter weather here in Queensland, barely a drop of rain all month, and quite a few days of over 25 degrees including two days of 29 degrees! (That’s 84 for the Farenheit people). Despite the enjoyable, although unseasonal, conditions, I didn’t get to see too much in the way of birds in the backyard this month, all because of this –
This is Igor, a local male magpie. He and his girl have built a nest somewhere close to our house and he has been viciously chasing away all other meat eating birds from anywhere near our place. This year he seems particularly extreme in his actions and has apparently widened his boundaries and has started attacking the little pied butcherbirds which he has never done before.
I often find Igor on the veranda in this defensive pose. He even hangs out in the surrounding gum trees like this too.
As a result, I have had almost no visits from the pied currawongs, pied butcherbirds, and even the kookaburras seem to have moved somewhere else, which is disappointing as they had been starting to prepare an old termite mound on a gum tree near our house for their nest. Sometimes I catch a glimpse of these birds in the gum trees a few doors down, but as soon as they come anywhere closer, Igor is off like a rocket after them.
As for the rainbow lorikeets, there are quite a few around at the moment, however, they just sit in the trees and glare and make a lot of noise. We ran out of our usual lorikeet mix and had to buy another brand and apparently the loris don’t care for it.
We also had a visit by a rather naughty sulphur crested cockatoo who got stuck into the fruit on the loquat tree with reckless abandon. I posted this video a few weeks ago but I’ve included it here again for anyone who missed it. After watching this video, you can appreciate just how destructive these little beggars can be on crops especially when in large numbers.
Quite a bit has been happening with the visiting possums of a night. It seems that Mummy possum has turfed her joey out of home as they are no longer seen together. Here’s Mummy possum on the veranda and I’m pretty sure she has a tiny joey growing in her pouch, which is probably why the older one had to move on.
Here’s Mummy’s joey that is now out on its own, but I’m a bit worried about how its looking. Maybe it needs to find a better home to sleep in during the day.
This is young Chloe enjoying a banana snack. You may remember her as the young one living in a possum box with her mum.
And this sight was quite a surprise. This is Heidi, Chloe’s mother, who looks like her joey will make an appearance very shortly. I think Chloe is lucky her mum is still allowing her to hang around if she has another baby to care for. But I bet the possum box is getting crowded!
And this is another regular possum, Sassy, who has a joey in her pouch as well – you can see the black tail of the little one sticking out. We should be seeing this little one very soon.
Hopefully next month’s post will have photos of cute backrider joeys for you. 🙂
Didn’t see much in the way of insects during the month, but I did come across this small praying mantis on a milkweed plant. As I watched, it nabbed a little fly off a leaf and proceeded to consume it in front of me. Mmmm, tasty!
And lastly, I captured this lot of Torresian crows in some tall gums at the bottom of our property.
I hope you enjoyed this month’s wildlife round up. 🙂
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.