This week’s creatures – 15 October 2020 – The Red Hill Ski Jump!


We have been seeing a few spiders walking around on the Cootha slopes but it has generally been quiet due to the dryness and lack of rain. Hopefully we will get some proper rainfall in November, which will increase the number of animal appearances!

The road below is one-way due to the crazy steepness… if we get decent snowfall in Brisbane I would strongly endorse that the government builds a ski jump here.

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This week’s creatures – 9 August 2020 – Net Casting Spider Eyes!

It’s been a reasonably slow couple of weeks due to the dry winter, with less bird life on Mount Cootha in the evenings. We have still be fortunate to see some pretty amazing spiders and were able to get a photo of the Net Casting Spider, with enormous eyes to allow for good vision to be able to aim its web (when it hurls it at unsuspecting victims.)

We were very fortunate to get down to Byron Bay for a dive at the end of July and see the Grey Nurse Sharks. We were able to hear the humpback whale song during the dive and we also managed to see a sea eagle hunting a fish – pretty spectacular! It seems that we may not be able to return to Julian Rocks for a little while as the New South Wales – Queensland border is shut. We are going to have to head back to Stradbroke Island again soon 🙂

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This week’s creatures: 25 May 2020 – Happy moths and angry lorikeets

Lorikeet chirps a big hello

It’s been a bit of time between updates – mainly due to inability to walk on the hill some evenings. There have been a number of birds travelling through and eating the garden’s flowers, as well as a huge number of spiders and scorpions on the slopes.

We have unfortunately had very little rain, and this is normally the rainiest time of the year. This has meant that there are typically less creatures to see in the forest, but the ones we do see are double exciting!

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This week’s creatures: 9 March 2020 – Leopard shark party and hungry turtles!

Turtle descending from the heavens

It has been an interesting week with a lot of different creatures coming out to play. This is probably as a result of reasonably heavy rainfall throughout South East Queensland, and the insect life in the forest has jumped significantly (including mosquitos.)

The seas around Byron Bay have been spectacular with 26 degree water and 20 metres visibility, despite the rainfall. Leopard sharks and mantas have been hanging around Julian Rocks and the turtles have also been very excited by all the commotion.

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This week’s creatures: 29 February 2020 – Phascogale, Brown Tree Snake, Leafmoth!

Phascogale on Mount Cootha

It’s been a slow week creature-wise as we have missed a few evenings with the rains. On the upside, the rain is great for the forest! We found a brown tree snake ealier in the week, which is one of the rarer ones we see up there. It has a very thin body and enormous eyes. And a much friendly personality than some of the other brown coloured snakes around Brisbane!

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