It’s been a slower couple of weeks as the weather has been quite cool in the evenings and there is less animal activity. We were lucky to see a barking owl on a tree up Mount Cootha as well as a goanna climbing up a gum tree to say gday to whatever was up the top.
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 Dragonfly was happily resting on a wall
This cockatoo was perching on a gumtree at night. They sleep in the trees overnight but wake and screech very loudly if they are disturbed.
This Barking Owl was sitting silently and watching the night
This echidna was digging around in the grass looking for insects to eact
These two kookaburras were sitting on a railing, waiting for insects to be drawn to the hiker's headlights
The Powerful Owl - eyeing off a 12 week old human...
This Wolf Spider was resting on the leaves of a flower after some autumn rain
We have been very fortunate to have had few fire problems this week (compared to the southern states.)
We have been in the forest and sea each day and have been lucky to see these awesome creatures. With a bit of luck the weather will be kind and let the firies do their work to save the creatures and forests (and their own homes.)
The snake is the Morelia spilota mcdowelli, McDowell’s Python. What a lovely name for such a lovely creature!
We found this pair of Sugar Gliders playing on a tree branch on Mount Cootha
This amazingly-coloured Chrysalis was hanging off a tree branch on Mount Cootha
This hairy creature was waiting for dinner on a tree trunk
This Barking Owl was perched with one foot raised. It is beautiful!
My namesake! The McDowell Python!
This is the Bull Ray and Justin, at Julian Rocks, Byron Bay
This Bull Ray challenged the Leopard Shark to a race