Wild Things

After my last odd waterbird visitor, the Royal Spoonbill, I thought I had spotted another strange long-legged, long-beaked bird down there in the wetlands. But when it settled its ruffled feathers and assumed a more familiar stance, it revealed itself to be not really odd at all. Perhaps oddly out of place, as there are […]

A glimpse of white down there in the wetlands, seen from my deck as I was hanging out washing; triple blink. What on earth could that be? Camera grab, race down to the yard, tiptoe to my fence. The strange creature’s spoon-shaped bill said ’Spoonbill’ of course, although I have never had one visit me, […]

The greyheaded flying fox colony in Wingham Brush is enormous: about 200,000 at peak times. As the sun hits their trees in the morning, the chatter and activity sounds like every bit of a peak time. I am fascinated by these creatures, watching their deft acrobatics as they stretch a wing or hang by one […]

In the reclaimed Brush at Wingham, Brush Turkeys abound. In daytimes, they are usually seen scratching amongst the leaf litter. Today I entered the Brush on the still-dark side. It was too early for their routine, and I caught them napping. This was the first time I had seen them roosting on branches. Neither of […]

Every evening, after sundown, before dark, in what I guess we can claim as twilight, a seemingly endless stream of bats fly over my place, heading out for the night’s feeding. From my deck I watch the streams of flying dots, fascinated as the odd one turns back or the strands split up, until the […]

Coming home after what had clearly been a wet week here, I was pleased to see my wildlife mates, including the plentiful kookaburras. This one on the deck railing looked around at my intrusion as if he’d become used to having it to himself. But what was he so keenly watching down below in the […]

Poking about under the small clump of trees on my block, I was pointing up into the skinniest Casuarina to show a visiting weed controller where the Frogmouth nest was. ‘Well, there’s two up there now’, he said. At first all I could see were two odd shapes against the light. When I moved around […]

The swamp/pond in the reserve below my block generally looks like a smooth bowling green. But now and then I see dark tracks through the algae topping carpet. Going closer to investigate, I see two handsome Black Ducks entering the water, joining another bird that from a distance I assume will be a Purple Swamp […]

My favourite lizard at the Mountain was the cheeky Jacky (Amphibolurus muricatus). I missed him. But after six months in my new home, I think one of his cousins has come to live here. He was stretched out across my makeshift plastic-covered hothouse for carrots, catching the last of the afternoon sun. I ran for […]

Being bordered by a forest on two sides means I have great close-ish views of many birds. I hear and see kookaburras quite often, usually in ones or sometimes twos. This pair were on lookout duty in a large camphor laurel tree.( I have planted a small self-sown strangler fig at its base, hoping that […]

This is one of the larger inhabitants of Wingham Brush, a wonderful rainforest pocket reserve right near the town and the river. The Brush was rescued from being smothered by weeds and vines and now attracts many visitors to wander along its winding walkway and share its cool green world. But ‘inhabitant?’ Well, I know […]

The Peewees own the Jacaranda out the front of my place; it gives them the best vantage point to make forays onto my verandah, foul the white railing and attack my windows. They have a go at the windows of any parked car too. So a huge fuss from them made me look up. Guess […]

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