Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)


We saw this Sacred Kingfisher emerge from a hollow in a tree in November. Unfortunately the photographs are not close enough to determine if this bird is a male, female or immature, even though they each have slightly different colouring. The bird is sitting in shadow, which means the greens and blues in the feathers are also not … Continue reading Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

A Better View: Southern Brown Tree Frog


I’ve photographed the Southern Brown Tree Frog before, once under some carpet we were using to clear weeds, and once clinging to the wire door at night to catch insects.  This one was in a new garden bed we were creating.  It’s interesting that they seem attracted to areas where there is human activity. I … Continue reading A Better View: Southern Brown Tree Frog

Jumping Spider


Apparently there are more than 300 species of jumping spider across Australia, so I haven’t been able to narrow this one down to a specific species.  It is an interesting looking spider though – as far as spiders go.  I must admit I am not a spider fan.  However, keeping a species list has meant that … Continue reading Jumping Spider

Eastern Yellow Robin(Eopsaltria australis)


This Eastern Yellow Robin was one of the many birds enjoying the sunshine yesterday afternoon, following a very welcome rainy week.   Many times on my walks I can hear bird calls coming from behind bushy leaves. Rarely do I see many of these tiny ‘tweety’ birds, so I was so happy to photograph this one. … Continue reading Eastern Yellow Robin(Eopsaltria australis)

Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa Kershawi)


Along with the Common Brown butterflies, the Australian Painted Lady butterflies are plentiful at the moment.  I’ve photographed this one on a 1.5 m high  Xanthorrhoea (grass tree) flower spike. These flowers are a magnet for butterflies and honeyeaters. According to the field guide I am using, ‘Butterflies: Identification and life history‘ by Ross P. Field, … Continue reading Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa Kershawi)

Tonal Landscapes Calendar


If you found my posts on Tonal Landscapes interesting, you may like to know that I have created a 2015 Tonal Landscapes Calendar, available from my Redbubble site.  I’ve also created a Central Victoria: Colours and Textures calendar and a Central Victoria: Flora and Fauna calendar. In all three calendars, the photographs representing each month … Continue reading Tonal Landscapes Calendar

Jacky Dragon in Bushland


I’ve photographed Jacky Dragons before, but each time they have been in our garden or in the house (courtesy of a cat, even with the cat netting), so it was lovely to see one in the bushland up the back, just minding its own business. I very nearly stood on this one because the Jacky Dragon defense mechanism is to … Continue reading Jacky Dragon in Bushland

Duckling Update: Growing Adult Plumage


It is now 25 days since I wrote about the female Australian Wood Duck being taken, and the male duck raising eight ducklings.  In that first post I mention we had sighted the ducklings about a week before.  So, give or take a few days, the ducklings are now a month old. We still have … Continue reading Duckling Update: Growing Adult Plumage

Hot Bats


On Wednesday, we had a fairly warm day which must have heated the space behind the fascia board on the deck, where there is a small bat colony.  All of the bats were clambering over each other to get out of their den and into a place where they could cool down. Some bats chose … Continue reading Hot Bats

Gallery: Young Joey Practices Wrestling with Mum


A short time ago I posted photographs of a young joey jumping all over its mother.  Well, this time the kangaroos were right in front of the house and the joey was quite aggressive – kicking the female kangaroo in the head and torso, as well as apparently drawing blood.  I guess this is what … Continue reading Gallery: Young Joey Practices Wrestling with Mum

Rambling Around: An Echidna Encounter


I know we have Echidnas on our property, for I often find holes they have dug around ants nests or tasty plant roots.  Usually, it’s easy to tell if an Echidna has dug the hole because of the tell-tale impressions their pointy noses leave at the bottom of the hole.  I’ve come across these fascinating … Continue reading Rambling Around: An Echidna Encounter

Three Young Males: Coming home?


As if in answer to my question ‘What happened to Junior’,  three young male Eastern Grey Kangaroos wandered through the property two nights ago.  Comparing photographs, I think one of them was ‘Junior’ the elder of the two joeys our resident female kangaroo raised here.  While I can’t be 100% sure it’s him, the light … Continue reading Three Young Males: Coming home?