Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Wire-tailed Swallow (Asian form)

Wire-tailed Swallow--Asian form
(Hirundo smithii filifera)

Bigger than the 14 cm long Wire-tailed Swallow (Hirundo smithii).

11 August 2014
13:35

Chang Moi
Thailand

Monday, August 11, 2014

Western Jackdaw

Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
34-39 cm

7 August 2014
09:36

Haarlemmermeer,
The Netherlands

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sacred Kingfisher (Male)




Sacred Kingfisher (Male)
Todiramphus sanctus
20-23 cm

14 December 2011
08:21 AM

Nerang,
Queensland,
Australia

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Pied Currawong











Pied Currawong
Strepera graculina
42-50 cm

11 November 2011
02:32 PM

Nerang,
Queensland,
Australia

Friday, November 11, 2011

Stinkhorn Fungi


























Stinkhorn Fungi (Aseroe rubra)

This fungi produce spore slime, which has an intense smell of rotting meat or sewage. It is very common on wood or bark-chip mulch in gardens, and on deep litter on the rainforest floor. There are a number of differently shaped species, but all are readily recognisable by the smell of the spore slime.

Cases of human consumption are not known, but the smell is attractive to dogs, and possibly cats. Deaths of small dogs have occured. The toxins are unknown, but are thought to develop during the enzymatic liquefaction of the spore slime.

They are generally gastro-irritants.

Toxicity category: 2

Seek urgent medical attention for any ingestion.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Brown Honeyeater
















Brown Honeyeater
Lichmera indistincta
11-15 cm

28 October 2011
07:12 AM

Nerang,
Queensland,
Australia

Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog














Eastern Dwarf Tree Frog
Litoria fallax

Up to less than 30 mm

Eyes, hands, and feet
Pupils: horizontal
Toe pads: present
Webbing on feet: half-webbing
Belly
Texture: smooth
Pattern: plain
Colour: single colour
Back
Texture: smooth
Pattern: plain or striped
Colour: single colour or multi-coloured
Glands and tubercles
Parotoid gland: absent
Tibial gland: absent
Metatarsal tubercles: Non-keratinised glands present (fleshy or uncoloured) or absent

03 November 2011
10:54 AM

Nerang
Queensland
Australia

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Double-Barred Finch / Banded Finch / Black-ringed Finch













































Double-barred Finch
Taeniopygia bichenovii

10-11 cm

05 September 2011
10:33 AM

Nerang
Queensland
Australia

Superb Fairy Wren (male)


















Superb Fairy Wren
Malurus cyaneus

13-14 cm

25 October 2011
11:13 AM

Nerang
Queensland
Australia

Australian Wood Duck




















Female parent on the left, Male parent on the right, with dark brown face and little mane on the back of the head.
















Male parent with it's ducklings.
















Australian Wood Duck
Chenonetta jubata

44-50 cm, span to 80 cm

26 October 2011
08:12 AM

Nerang
Queensland
Australia

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Comb-crested Jacana / Lily-trotter / Lotusbird --breeding plumage

























































Comb-Crested Jacana
Irediparra gallinacea

20-26 cm

1 February 2011
08:03 AM

Nerang, Queensland
Australia

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Keelback (freshwater snake)





video


I saw this snake at the backyard, circling a pair of sandals. The loud noise was made by a tree frog who got disturbed by this snake. The frog was hidden deep inside the very narrow gap between veranda floor and wall.

This snake is called Keelback (Tropidonophis mairii). The scales on its back is shaped like keel. It's a non venomous freshwater snake. It eats mainly on frogs, tadpoles, small fish and lizards. It can also eat cane toads safely. Keelback snakes often dive in the water and can stay underwater for about 20 minutes.

It's now their breeding season (October to December). They can have 5 to 15 eggs which hatch after 12 to 15 weeks.

This snake was exploring the gardens, moving from one backyard to the next one, because there are plenty of tree frogs around. Of course it loves the billabong nearby where it's based.

13 November 2010
14:40

Nerang,
QLD
Australia

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Black Swan









































































Cygnus atratus
75-90 cm
7 November 2010
Nerang
Queensland
Australia

Australasian Grebe, breeding plumage




















































































Tachybaptus novaehollandiae
23-26 cm
7 November 2010
Nerang
Queensland
Australia

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Scarlet Honeyeater



























































Scarlet Honeyeater
Myzomela sanguinolenta

10-11 cm

21 July 2010
Around 10 AM

Burchill Park, Nerang
Queensland
Australia

Willie Wagtail











Willie Wagtail
Rhipidura leucophrys

19-22 cm

21 July 2010
10:05 AM

Burchill Park, Nerang
Queensland
Australia