Wildlife Visitors in October 2017

After about two months ofย  warm, dry weather we finally got rain on the 1st October! And boy, did it rain! It rained almost continually for 18 days before we even got a glimpse of the sun. It was light steady rain, which was great for the ground as it allowed the rain to soak in before we got hit with some very heavy downpours.

October also saw the gradual return of some of our regular birds, as the very bossy and territorial magpies have lessened their violent attacks now their babies are out of the nest.

One of Igor and Maggie’s babies
Igor eyeballing a pied currawong to keep away. You can just make out the black blob in the tree.
The pied currawong trying to look nonchalant while Igor stares at him.
One of the kookaburras has started showing up in our yard again
A pied butcherbird dropped in to say hello and grab a quick snack

I came across this spider and its web in some plants near the veranda. I don’t think I’ve seen this type before, it’s about an inch in size, but I love its colouring!

Here’s another insect I’ve never seen before. It’s only about a centimetre in size and there were a number of them on the leaves of a gum tree sapling. It’s quite unusual looking, so if you happen to know what it is, let me know.

And here’s something I don’t get to see very often- a golden tailed spiny ant. It’s a big ant, about a centimetre in length. Doesn’t it look elegant with its golden colouring?

And the snakes are on the move too. I saw two different carpet pythons during the month. This one was waiting under the carport for me when I got home late from work one night. It’s about 4 feet long.

Carpet python

There’s been a buzz of activity at the insect hotel as well. Among other unknown flying insects, I found this bee visiting over several days. Not sure, but I think it might be a resin bee.

There were plenty of birds to watch during October (which was great because the Aussie Backyard Bird Count was on) including these sulphur crested cockatoos.

This cockatoo was enjoying a casual stroll through the tall weeds during a break in the rain, grabbing a bite of the stems or flowers as it went.

And this cockatoo was very happy with the onset of the rain. In fact, I’d say it was ecstatic!! Check out the video. ๐Ÿ˜€

A galah made a recurring appearance.
Quite a few of these Pale Headed Rosellas were seen and heard.
It’s not often I get to see these Scaly Breasted Lorikeets.

This pair of rainbow lorikeets were sheltering from the rain. Aren’t they cute?

And lastly, a bird has been visiting that I can’t identify. I first heard this bird call back in April, but it was some distance away. Lately, it has been calling from a gum tree in my yard but I can’t find it amongst all the leaves, plus I don’t know what I’m actually looking for. I captured this audio recording of it.

If you happen to know what this bird is, please let me know. It’s located in South East Queensland. Thanks!

Thanks for stopping by and reading about my backyard wildlife visitors. ๐Ÿ™‚
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.

23 thoughts on “Wildlife Visitors in October 2017

    1. Thanks Frances. I just loved seeing that cockatoo. It just goes to show that the animals do feel the changes in the weather patterns and like us, they are relieved and happy when the “drought” breaks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. What a difference that rain made and interesting to see the bark on the tree trunks looks so much darker. Great set of pictures as always and I’ve not seen a galah before. He’s a lovely colour. That spider is beautiful and spins an interesting web, almost like netting.

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    1. We hardly see galahs around here, but lately there have been a pair of them hanging around. I think they’re looking for a nesting site.

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  2. What a beautiful assortment of spring wildlife Sue. Your mystery bird is an Australasian Figbird most likely of the south eastern race,the male having the very dark pink eye ring. They are very boisterous at the moment because many varieties of fig are ripening, and they get quite drunk and over active on some varieties. Check out any native fig trees nearby and spend some time looking up into them and you are bound to eventually see them, as they can be difficult to see inside a dark thickly fol-aged tree .I have photos of male and female in a recent post: https://aussiebirder.com/2017/10/13/the-wonders-of-walka-waterworks-reserve-part-2/

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  3. Oh that cockatoo is so cute enjoying the weeds! Igor must be pretty tough to not be deterred by the pied currawong giving him the eye. All of your birds and other wildlife are so cool, even the python.

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  4. When it rains, it pours! And how, apparently! You always have so much to share–it’s a treat. Your spiny ant looks like my nymph broad headed bug! And yes, the Lorikeets are darling; all your bird photos are great. Is the snake a native to your area, or invasive? Great post!

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    1. Carpet pythons are native to Australia, found mainly along the east coast. They tend to come to our place because we have chickens and they probably smell the possums. So we make sure the snakes keep moving on and don’t hang around.

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