Archive for February, 2013

Wombat out walking

by on Feb.20, 2013, under Fauna, Mammals, Victoria

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In Central Victoria our creekbeds are dry – and then after a day’s rain – perfect for tracks! Pictured here are the heavy, flat-footed tracks of the Common or Bare-nosed Wombat. They have a distinctive, pigeon-toed gait, and you can clearly see their digging claws. Sometimes the hind-foot track overlaps that of the front-foot track, creating a large composite footprint – is it bigfoot? A yowie!? No – a Wombat! (continue reading…)

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Frilled Dragons Come Alive in Darwin.

by on Feb.14, 2013, under Fauna, Media, Queensland, Reptiles, Western Australia

Frilled Dragons Come Alive in Darwin.

Tim Cook

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One of the most iconic animals of the Top End is not the crocodile but the Frilled Lizard or Frill-necked Lizard Chlamydosaurus kingii) – or just Frillies. If you have never seen one of these in the wild it is possibly for one of two reasons. The first is bad timing; if you go before November or after March they are scarce. Usually in the wet season, these guys are very abundant and visible on roads, trees and on the ground feeding. The second reason might be that to they are rather clever chaps and to the see them is difficult. As you are walking along the track or driving the road, the frillies are usually waist to shoulder height on trees. They watch out for predators well and as the predator comes they circle around the other side and only their spindly legs give them away. Their camouflage does the rest. So look for two knobby knees at the height they might even do a peek a boo act with their head to check where you are too! Watch the video. (continue reading…)

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Its Baby Frilly Time!

by on Feb.11, 2013, under Fauna, Queensland, Reptiles

During the wet season, its a bonanza for the wildlife of the Top End! The Frilled Lizard is a wonderful iconic Australian lizard. These lizards mate in early wet season and their eggs hatch from late February onwards..

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The lizards often perch vertically and will move around the tree to hide from you.

At present Frilled Lizards are taking a beating as their populations has suffered greatly from Cane Toads. Odd as lizards are diurnal but the metamorph cane toads move during the day and are too enticing for frillies to pass up on, leaving them poisoned.

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Mystery Bird revealed!

by on Feb.06, 2013, under Birds, Fauna, Information, New South Wales

Hi I was flicking through the magazine last night while feeding my baby wombat when I came across your article on the Scarlet Honeyeater.

During the hot weather we had a couple of weeks ago I had the sprinkler running all day so the little birds could try to cool down, one little bird that I had never seen stayed under the water most of the day, I had no idea that a lot of the birds were as there were at least 100 different species most I had never seen on my property. I took a photo of this little guy and could not identify him until I saw him in the Wildlife Secrets magazine, I live south of Nowra on the South Coast

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Macropod Training

by on Feb.03, 2013, under Information, Mammals, Media, New South Wales

Linda Dennis is proud to present the one day course, A Guide to the Care of Macropods, a Fauna First Aid lecture.

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The course includes the following topics:

  • Meet the Macs
  • Compare the Pair
  • Rescue
  • Hydration
  • Raising Orphaned Joeys
  • The Unwell Joey
  • Housing
  • Caring for Larger Macropods
  • Release

 


If you would like to book a Fauna First Aid session please contact Linda atlinda@fourthcrossingwildlife.com.

Go to Wild Training for latest course information.

 

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Wesley Vale – Home of the monster Copperheads

by on Feb.01, 2013, under Fauna, Information, Reptiles, Tasmania

In December 2012, I travelled  to the land of “slugs”! No not really into slimey invertebrates, I mean large snakes (we refer to monster sized snakes as slugs). We have in past travelled to several parts of the magical snake isles Tasmania. Forget the apples (so called Apple Isles) leave that to Eve and get hold of the most amazing and gentle snakes in the country. Lowland Copperheads Austrelaps superbus are the most docile, charming venomous snake in Australia. Yes charming and docile.

This year we visited the enigmatic Ian Norton and his band of dedicated snake rescue volunteers Sally Wilson, Chris Daly, Jane Guy and Justin Kneebone . We happened to coincide with a visit to the sensational Wesley Vale where one of us visited in 2008 and only saw small snakes and plenty of skeletons as the snakes took a massive blow during the drought.

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