Our dog walk this morning was very pleasant, although the Southerly was a little brisk when walking in to it. It was very dry, giving a good display of condensation trails as punters flew from Sydney to Melbourne.
Getting back towards the house I happened to glance down and was surprised to see a reasonable supply of guano.
Looking up up, my ghast was flabbered to see Ms Tawny Frogmouth in a very scrawny tree.
There have been many days this year when I haven't been able to find them and judging by the amount of poop she and/or her mate have been sitting here. I know it was the female as himself had, for the first time this season, assumed the position on the nest brooding the eggs. This was exactly the date estimated by adding the average length of nest building to the date they started the process.
While going to take these photos one of the pair of Grey Currawongs that are currently resident posed nicely. I suspect they are nesting somewhere nearby but I have not, so far been able to work out where.
There are still a lot of daffodils in flower of a range of shapes, colours and sizes.
To prove we are not into colourism we also have a few tulips in pots!
In recent times our concrete ford is frequently decorated with objects like this. Although we rarely see Brush-tailed Possums around the house they are evidently alive, and with well-functioning bowels down at the Creek. (I have just realised that there is an unusually shitty focus in this post: sorry about that.)
Possibly what the possums are eating are these willow catkins.
The Acacias are still doing very well. This A. mearnsii is very attractive in the direct seeded area.
I have always wanted to see an echidna train. I think they can be up to 5 males pursuing a female, Today at home we had one very randy male pursuing a female, but IMHO it still counts. Here are a few of the photos I took.
We were slightly puzzled by this apparent 'ear' which I have never seen before. I'd welcome suggestion if this is really an earlobe or just some arrangement o the spines.
I think this was the leader - assumed to be the female. The amount of dirt in the front spines suggests it had been digging somewhere!
A close-up of nose and front claws.
The last two are just nice images of the pair shuffling off.
I tried to be very quiet as I followed them around and it seemed to work as they showed no signs of digging in, which is their usual reaction to threats.
I put a link to this post on our Community Facebook page. A neighbour's response include this image, which makes me laugh:
This post is a summary of what I know about members of the Parrot family which occur or might occur naturally in the Mallacoota area. It thus excludes any obvious escapees (which seem to be an unavoidable consequence of aviculture)!
I have defined the Mallacoota area by an somewhat arbitrary rectangle including Genoa Peak, Shipwreck Creek and Gabo Island.
According to the Birdlife Australia (BLA) checklist there are 43 members of the Parrot, Lorikeet and Rosella family found in Australia. 10 species in this family have occured in the Mallacooota area and 2 further species have been reported to eBird elsewhere in East Gippsland and have been included as possibilities..
Sources of material
Within each family I have listed the species in the order in which they appear in the BLA checklist. That checklist is also the source of the scientific names, many of which have been changed recently as taxonomists change their minds about the meaning of life ( or at least DNA sequencing). They…