Archive for July, 2012

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest walk

by on Jul.28, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Mammals, Queensland, Uncategorized

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of National Estate-listed subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glasshouse Mountains. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is located at 148 Mountain View Road in Maleny, Queensland.

Mark David met us and took us on a magnificent walk through a stable meandering track through this magnificent rainforest. The wildlife was pleasantly easily observed and accessible. Due to the darkness, a strong flash is needed. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is committed to the conservation and enhancement of the natural habitat of the area, and to the provision of a valued community resource for education, research, recreation and enjoyment. 


The signage is excellent as well as the range of flora and fauna. The wonderful artwork of stranglers and epiphytes really amazed me. The seed of the strangler fig starts life as an epiphyte!

Numerous species of birds flitter in and out amongst the foliage, presenting a range of opportunities, although some species are very shy! The bird life of the Reserve is well documented and includes 139 recorded species, including the endangered Coxen’s Fig Parrot and the rare Grey Goshawk. Look out for pitas, catbirds, whip birds and robins.


Red-necked pademelons will approach those quiet enough. These usually timid creatures are the delight of the forest.

For fungi enthusiasts, we found some creative samples on the logs and within leaf litter.

While the calls echoed cross the rainforest, it was easy to feel under a spell, when unfortunately the walk ends after around an hour. It really caps off a great day when the staff at the reception are friendly and there is a wonderful cafe to simmer down to real life with a cappuccino. Bye bye Eastern Yellow Robin



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Australian Tarantulas in Julatten

by on Jul.21, 2012, under Fauna, Information, Invertebrates, Media, Queensland

Australia’s largest spiders include the species Selenocosmia crassipes. This species is most often kept as a pet. However, many of the large pet shop spiders come from the north Queensland areas around the Cairns region and are incorrectly identified. They are likely to be un described species of the Asian genus Phlogiellus. Here is the burrow/tunnel webs system of a female. They are quite inoffensive to a point. In this region they associated with being under fallen timbers, that are largely undisturbed.


These spiders feed on invertebrates and sometimes small vertebrates. It is common to see Cane toads under the same logs and there seems to be a not predatory relationship.

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Wildlife Secrets Magazine : Vol 2 No 1

by on Jul.07, 2012, under Birds, Fauna, Magazine, Mammals

AWS Vol 2 No 1 : Possum Cover

AWS Vol 2 No 1 : Possum Cover





Capturing the Crimson Rosella

The magnificent images of John Cooper. Once again capture the elegance of his attentions. The  Crimson Rosella are revealed through the magical optics of john’s lense and will come to life within his article.


Wildlife Feeding – To feed or not to feed?

We gathered some thoughts and expressed them on what is a controversial and mixed topic. So what are the problems with wildlife feeding? Hy can it be either good or sometimes bad? In part 1 we examine the aspects from several viewpoints. (continue reading…)

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