Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) on Flickr.
One of the more medium sized raptors to be found in eastern Australia, the Brahminy Kite is also a bird of prey that can fish!
Tawny Frogmouths (Podargus strigoides) are often mis-identified as Australian owls. Frogmouths are actually more closely related to Nightjars although share the nocturnal predatory behaviour of owls. Frogmouths however do not have the same powerful talons that owls have, choosing to take smaller prey with their beak. During the day, they rely heavily on their camouflage, finding a suitable paper bark melaleuca, tilting their heads upwards, shutting their eyes and blending in.
Boondal Wetlands is a lovely little oasis of mangroves, eucalypt forest and swampy melaleuca woodland located within Brisbane’s leafy suburbs.
The Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) is a beautiful bird found throughout Indonesia, PNG and Australia searching around for small inverts in scrubby eucalypt forest, sub-tropical and tropical rainforest.
Male King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) in the hilly hinterlands behind Gold Coast, Eastern Australia.
On their migration between their feeding grounds in the Antarctic and their breeding grounds in the tropics, male Southern Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) compete in colossal battles, vying for the females attentions in epic mating runs. The males continually slam into each others’ sides, often leaping clear of the water to achieve the hardest blow.
Orb Web spiders all around the world, including the families that live here in Australia combine a variety of factors in the behaviour and physiology to prevent themselves sticking to their own webs (1) Hairs on the spider reduce the surface area of contact of the leg to the web (2) A chemical resin that is secreted by the spider also seems to reduce adhesion to the web (3) they move delicately, sometimes moving on to tip toes when the web shakes (pictured).
Northern Koala - close up. Southern koalas are larger and much darker than their northern Australian counterparts like this one here.
The Wedge-tail Eagles (Aquila audax) are Australia’s largest raptor, with a 2.5m wingspan and a diamond shaped tail they are unmistakable in flight and with talons bigger than my hands they can take prey up to the size of lambs or foxes…..seriously impressive bird!
Australian Freshwater Crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni) is one of the smaller crocodilians in Aus. Growing to a maximum of 3m, they prey on medium sized prey from birds and bats to wallabies and reptiles.
The Australian Water Dragon (Physignathus leseuerii), is a cheeky and feisty lizard that is common around public parks and waterways on the eastern Australian coast.
Common Name: Common Ringtail Possum Latin Name: Pseudocheirus peregrinus Distribution: Eastern Australia, Tasmania and limited areas of WA IUCN Status: Least Concern Habitat and Ecology: Survives in areas of high Eucalypt density on which it feeds. Its a nocturnal marsupial that forages in the trees in forested areas and suburbia, using its prehensile tail to move along branches and over powerlines. It holds food in its caecum where micro organisms break down their nutrients for up to 70 hours. This possum lives in small family groups (often one male and 2 females) that share a nest that they roost in during the day Threats: As an arboreal species, significantly affected by deforestation in suburban areas. Deaths from cars, cats and dogs are also common but despite these threats the possum is relatively abundant throughout its range.