4 species of bowerbirds

It appears that the most common species of Lilly-Pilly here (Syzygium smithii , Creek Satinash) flowers and fruits most profusely every second year. In 2020, they attracted many bowerbirds (see my blogs from June and July 2020), and it is the same again this year.

“Birdwatching isn’t supposed to be that easy”,

4 Bowerbird species feeding together

A few weeks ago, our resident Satin Bowerbirds were joined by a couple of Spotted Catbirds, and now by Tooth-billed and Golden Bowerbirds. The latter seem to be juvenile birds: the Tooth-billed BB still has a yellow/orange gape and the Golden BB’s iris looks more brown than the female’s yellowish one.

Ian Wardell stayed in our cabin recently and kindly provided the bowerbird  photographs for this blog.

Ian Wardell’s Satin Bowerbird
Ian Wardell’s Spotted Catbird
Ian Wardell’s Tooth-billed Bowerbird
Ian Wardell’s Golden Bowerbird

 

Our 3 resident mature Victoria’s Riflebirds have been joined by 2 more (we haven’t seen 5 black ones together before), and are taking turns with immature males on various display post and branches. We even saw two pairs of immatures displaying to each other close together! Unfortunately, they are often taking flight when one of the Grey Goshawks appears.

3 young male riflebirds – I was too late to get all 4 of them.

 

Dad Cassowary has paired up with Wattle, the dominant female, now, but is still not taking up her invitations to mate, when she sits down and patiently waits for him to approach. But she is persistent and follows him (almost) everywhere.

Dad and Wattle cassowary

 

Zero, the 15 month old youngster, now has to avoid the adult birds, as they chase her/him with much vigour. This morning we listened to them crashing through the forest and splashing through the creek.

We named her/him ‘Zero”, because it doesn’t have any wattles (there was an injury to the area on the neck where the wattles should have developed when she/he was still very young)

Zero

 

Sleepy Cassowary

The dominant male cassowary (“Dad”) in our area feels quite relaxed around us. So much so, that sometimes he sits down and dozes off for a while.

You wouldn’t really want to sit down on the forest floor at the moment, as there are still quite a few leeches. But what can a cassowary do?

Maybe keep the feet off the ground?

Quite impressive, those Velociraptor feet!

No, that’s how they often sit, it might be are more relaxing pose than it appears.

And then he slowly closed his eyes to take a few catnaps.

More Moths

Setting up our moth light and a white(ish) sheet, to see what is out and about at night in our forest, we are always delighted about the variety of species coming to the light.

From the big and bold, like these:

Speiredonia spectans
Opodiphthera fervida

to many medium sized and the very small moths, the colours and patterns always delight.

small moths
Ercheia ekeikei

snout moth
Agrioglypta excelsalis
moth
Agrotera pictalis
Cardamyla carinentalis
Glyphodes conjunctalis
Thyrididae

There are many variations of green moths:

Anisozyga insperata, female

Anisozyga insperata, female

Uliocnemis partita

And here a very beautiful fruit-piercing moth:

Eudocima (or Othreis) iridescens

The female has green patches on the forewings, the male doesn’t:

Eudocima (or Othreis) iridescens male

The feature image of this blog is a portrait of him.

One of several Hawk Moth species:

Agrius convolvulvi

If you’d like to see some more, check out our blog from  December 2018, and the moth gallery on our insect page.

hairy moth

 

New Pademelon Joey

One of our female Red-legged Pademelon’s pouch has been getting as big as they can recently, giving the impression that she is sitting on a gym ball.

female pademelon with big pouch

For a brief moment, the joey actually tumbled out, only to quickly make its way back into the safety of the pouch:

It is not so easy to fold those long legs back in!

baby pademelon in pouch

A few days later, the little one was much more confident, but still staying close to mum.

baby pademelon with mum and male
Around the time when the joey vacates the pouch, the males check out the female to find out whether she is ready to mate again.

When a joey first leaves the pouch, it often runs back and forth at full speed, jumping high and is full of energy and, as we think,  joie de vivre.

About the size of a large guinea pig, pademelon babies are very cute!

baby pademelon almost in pouch

Tree Frogs

Orange-thighed Treefrog

 

Recent rain has brought the Orange-thighed Tree-frogs down from the canopy. For several nights, the males gathered near little streams and puddles and called for the females to join them.

Orange-thighed Treefrog

Orange-thighed Treefrog

Orange-thighed Treefrog
So many photogenic poses!

 

On stage:

Orange-thighed Treefrog on stage

This one got a bit confused.I don’t think the female was amused!

mixed couple frogs
Orange-thighed Tree-frog  (Litoria xanthomera) male with Green-eyed Tree-frog (Litoria serrata) female.