Sunday, 29 June 2014
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Sunday, 22 June 2014
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
Lots of things eat bugs right? So as a bug, you want to hide, be inconspicuous, well camouflaged. Or you can announce your presence, loud and proud with bright red and yellow! Needless to say it is a warning, at the very least - I don't taste good or in the case of this Iron Cross Blister Beetle - I am toxic! They actually carry cantharidin toxins that can interfere with the vertebrate nervous system so no munching on this one!
Sunday, 15 June 2014
This little Western Diamondback is working hard on our resident packrat population and so as a result has become my husbands new best friend. With the number of packrats in our yard it won't stay a little snake for long, it's an all you can eat buffet.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
When I originally saw this little family it made me sad. There was a very diligent father, eleven tiny chicks and no mother. Something must have happened to her very soon after the chicks hatched. With so many natural predators it is very hard for a pair of quail to successfully raise a clutch of chicks and I have to be honest I didn't think a single parent would have any chance at all. So imagine my delight when our little one parent family showed up again this morning. There were eight healthy chicks remaining and they are now much bigger and so have a far better chance of surviving. Well done Dad.
Sunday, 8 June 2014
At this time of year our evenings are filled with the delightful calls of Lesser Nighthawks and often we see them swooping across the skies at twilight. But were do they go during the day? They rely on their amazingly cryptic colouration to hide in plain sight either amongst rocks on the ground or blended perfectly with the bark of a branch. So beautiful to see this special bird hiding out during the day.
Wednesday, 4 June 2014
A couple of days ago a large excavation appeared in our yard, it was very impressive with vast piles of dirt moved. Anything that can dig in this ground earns my instant respect as it is like concrete. The list of possible suspects was pretty short, what could possibly be that strong? We had our suspicions so we positioned one of our wildlife cameras to see if we could see the master builder at work. It took a few nights but eventually he appeared, a badger! I can't believe my luck, another new yard species.