This week’s creatures – 18 July 2022!

Some of the random animals we have seen in the last couple of months!

 

This season’s creatures – 8 November 2021 – spiders, emus, water dragons!

This spider is in a funnel shaped web on Mount Cootha

It’s been a long time between updates!

Travel restrictions have made it very difficult to go diving or hiking in gnarly places. However, we have seen some pretty random stuff on some local travels. Here are some of the highlights.

 

This week’s creatures – 15 March 2021 – Emus, lizards, devils!

It’s been a long time between posts, and in the interim, I have been focused on a lot of other projects – backyard construction, landscaping, and studies.

The photos below show some of the interesting sights we have seen over the hot Brisbane summer.

This week’s creatures – 30 November 2020 – Baby Currawongs, Koalas, Dragonfly

Baby currawong sitting on irrigation pipe

There’s been a lot going on at the moment, both animal-wise, and project-wise. It’s been difficult to pin down a time to look at the shots!

  • There was an enormous dragonfly sitting on a tree trunk in the yard, waiting for me to get a shot
  • We have had a baby currawong bird (similar to a magpie, but less aggressive) end up in the yard, and it can’t fly. We’ve been giving it water and making sure it’s got shade during the day, and its folks are feeding it.

This week’s creatures – 21 September 2020 – Snakeball, Beach, Trees!

We have had the opportunity to go out and see some of the Sunshine Coast forests. We have also found a humungous snake that crawled up into a tree and went to sleep.

 

This week’s creatures: June 10 2020 – “Return to the Deep” wins a prize

A green turtle descends from the surface at Manta Bommie, Stradbroke Island

I recently entered the Queensland Conservation Council‘s annual Natural Wonders Photography competition, and won the category for Native Plants and Wildlife. I took this photo of a green turtle descending from the sea surface at Manta Bommie on Stradbroke Island – and both myself and the turtle feel very honoured to be awarded this prize.

The judges stated:

A dazzling image of a veteran sea turtle diving to the depths. The composition is perfect with the sun beaming from above and space around the image to gauge scale. The barnacles add context to the age of the turtle. An extremely strong image. Well done.

A green turtle descends from the surface at Manta Bommie, Stradbroke Island
This photo of an old, barnacle-encrusted green turtle descending from the sea surface won the Native Plants and Wildlife category of the Queensland Conservation Council’s Natural Wonders Photography Awards for 2020

The following two photos are my other entries for the competition. For the Landscape category, I sent this photo of a full moon sinking behind the Great Dividing Range from the Scenic Rim in South-east Queensland:

 

The Moon From Mount Maroon
This photo of the full moon setting behind the Great Dividing Range at the Scenic Rim was an entrant in the Queensland Conservation Council’s Landscape awards

For another entry to the Native Plants and Wildlife category, I submitted “You Shall Not Pass”, a photo of two huntsman spiders preparing to do battle (or worse,) on a tree branch on Mount Cootha. This is my favourite of the photos as it is technically better than the others, but is probably a little more difficult to sell to tourists.

Two spiders prepare to do battle on a tree branch
You Shall Not Pass! This photo was an entrant in the Queensland Conservation Council’s Nature Wonders Photography Competition in 2020

Here are some other photos of creatures that we have seen around Brisbane in the last week.

A McDowell's Python is wrapped around a tree trunk
Snake Ball! This is a McDowell’s Python wrapped around a tree trunk on Mount Cootha, fast asleep in the afternoon sun. Its head is tucked under the folds of its body.

Pair of tawny frogmouth nightjars asleep on a branch in the afternoon sun
This pair of tawny frogmouth nightjar birds are fast asleep in the afternoon sun.

Pair of tawny frogmouth nightjars asleep on a branch in the afternoon sun
This pair of tawny frogmouth nightjar birds are fast asleep in the afternoon sun.

Huntsman spider hanging off a grass thread
This huntsman spider was hanging off a grass thread in the garden

This week’s creatures: 30 March 2020 – Barking owl, powerful owl, kookaburras!

Dragonfly on wall

A bit of rain coming though Brisbane has brought a lot of insect life out into the forest. The current restrictions on public events have made it difficult to organise dive trips and group walks in the evenings but we have been lucky to get out and see some of the forest friends.

The echidna was digging around looking for ants and was undisturbed by the people – must have been hungry. The dragonfly and owls have been brought out by the heavy rain. The powerful owl was watching us very closely for a potential meal… have to be very careful when walking around in the forest given current circumstances!

This week’s creatures: 19 February 2020 – Eels, Crabs, Mosquitos!

Yellow eel at Julian Rocks

We have finally had heavy rain throughout Brisbane and the northern rivers in New South Wales. This has resolved the immediate problem of drought and fires throughout the East Coast, but has also brought a huge number of biting insects to Mount Cootha, and low visibility to the waters offshore.

Fortunately, we can use these issues to our advantage when taking photos! Hopefully the rains return soon and continue filling the dams and providing the forest with water.

This week’s creatures – 22 January 2020 – Face-hugging spiders

Been a little slower on the hill recently due to a number of other activities going on – but here’s some creatures for the new year!