Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Thursday, December 18, 2014
I didn't expect to see a Blue Mountains Tree Frog by the side of the road leading to Bonnie View the night before last. Truthfully, I didn't know what species of tree frog I had before me, when I picked it up and had it sitting in the palm of my right hand. The amphibian was quite content there and sat up more purposefully when I shone my torch on it. I'm pretty sure I've never seen a BMTF before. LJ, December 18 2014.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Opposite my home the other day, a Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo, minding its own business while munching on pine cones, was swooped by a Red Wattlebird. The RW struck the YTBC hard - the YTBC screamed, panicked and fell from its perch. It then laboured away, not to be seen again. I've never seen an RW be so aggressive towards a bird larger than it. I'm not surprised by this - that particular RW lives next door and is fiercely territorial. You gotta admire its chutzpah and fortitude! LJ, December 5 2014.
Some weeks ago, along Old Argyle Road's more rugged section, I had the good fortune of watching (for 15 mins) a male Satin Bowerbird at his bower, hoping to attract a mate. The bird was moving the odd decorative leaf from here to there, buzzing and whistling all the while. I'm not sure how much thinking was involved with this decorating; his rearrangements seemed arbitrary. Females visited the area, but did not come close to him or the bower (poor bugger). The best view of an SB at his love-nest I've ever had. LJ, December 5 2014.