Australasian Bittern

Australasian Bittern

Australasian Bittern (C) John Barkla 2006 birdlifephotography.org.au Also known as the Brown Bittern, this heron feeds on small animals, frogs and insects. It lives and nests in dense clumps of reeds.The male has a distinct booming call that may be heard at dawn and or dusk.

Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher

Azure Kingfisher (C) Brian O'Leary 2015 birdlifephotography.org.au A small kingfisher, roughly 17-19cm in size. It's habitat includes banks of vegetated creeks, swamps, dams and lakes feeding off small fish, freshwater yabbies and insects. It will often bash its prey against a perch before swallowing head first.

Swift Parrot - Image to come

Swift Parrot - Image to come

This is a slim medium sized parrot that feeds off seeds, the nectar of flowering eucalypts, pollen, insects and grubs. The females are slightly duller than the males in colour. It is noisy, showy and especially agile when feeding, often hanging upside down.

Helmeted Honeyeater

Helmeted Honeyeater

Between 17-23cm long, this honeyeater feeds on invertebrates, nectar, eucalypt and other plant sap. Key habitat elements include dense vegetation along riverbanks, closley space eucalypt stems and peeling bark.

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill (C) Rodger Scott 2015 birdlifephotography.org.au A large water bird typically found in fresh/saltwater wetlands and intertidal mudflats. It will also use wetlands such as dams. It feeds mainly on fish, shrimps and aquatic insects sweeping its bill side to side in shallow water (less than 40cm deep). It always flies with its head extended.

Intermediate Egret - Image to come

Intermediate Egret - Image to come

The Intermediate Egret will stalk its prey in shallow freshwater including flooded fields and marshes. It feeds on fish, small frogs and insects often nesting in colonies, usually in reedbeds.

Blue-billed Duck

Blue-billed Duck

Blue-billed Duck (C) William Betts 2014 birdlifephotography.org.au Males have a large scooped light blue bill and a dark tail with stiff pointed feathers. Mostly aquatic they are often found on large freshwater dams and lakes in Autumn and are seldom seen on land.

Sooty Owl

Sooty Owl

Sooty Owl (C) Robert Black 2014 birdlifephotography.com.au A medium to large Owl between 37-43cm. Their call is a piercing shriek that can last for a couple of seconds. They can be found in moist forest areas with tree ferns and smooth barked gum trees although will often hunt in drier areas. They are thought to remain in the same area throughout their adult lives.

Barking Owl

Barking Owl

Barking Owl (C) Robert Black 2014 birdlifephotography.org.au A medium sized owl, it has a remarkably dog-like barking call. It is roughly 35-45cm long and is generally nocturnal but sometimes calls during the day on duller winter days. They are usually found in pairs and are attracted to water for an early morning bath. They prey on many types of birds and small mammals.

Powerful Owl

Powerful Owl

Powerful Owl (C) Sonja Ross 2014 birdlifephotography.org.au Typically found in open forests and sheltered gullies with dense under stories. Nests are often a vertical hollow in large old trees. They are carnivores feeding on medium to large tree dwelling mammals but will also swoop down to prey on rabbits and small marsupials.

Southern Brown Bandicoot

Southern Brown Bandicoot

Southern Brown Bandicoot (C) Geoff Lockwood A small marsupial, approximately 30-33cm in size with a tail 10-12cm long. It lives in scrubby low ground cover and emerges at night to feed on insects worms and plants.

Greater Glider - image to come

Greater Glider - image to come

This glider forages at night in the canopy of trees feeding almost exclusively on eucalyptus leaves and buds. The coat is shaggy and long, it can either be dark brown or grey and white in color. The head and body total about 43cm in length.

Yellow Bellied Glider -image to come

Yellow Bellied Glider -image to come

A nocturnal gliding possum with a body about 30cm long and a tail that can reach up to 48cm long. It has a distinct growling call that can be heard up to 500 meters away. Daylight hours are spent in a tree lined hole with its family. The diet consists of nectar, insects, pollen and tree sap. Typically it will bite a "v" shaped notch in the bark of a Eucalyptus tree to increase sap flow.

Lace  Monitor

Lace Monitor

Lace Monitor (C) Geoff Lockwood Also known as a Lace Goanna. The grow up to 2.1 meters in length and are mainly active from September to May. They shelter under fallen trees or in hollows during the cold months. They will feed on reptiles, small mammals, birds and their eggs as well as the carcasses of dead wildlife. They have been known to raid chicken coops and rubbish bins. Females will lay between 4 and 14 eggs in termite nests during spring or summer.

Growling Grass Frog - image to come

Growling Grass Frog - image to come

Large (up tp 10cm) ground dwelling tree frog found in dams and ponds amongst dense reeds.Their call has been described as the sound of a duck being strangled.

Swamp Skink - Image to come

Swamp Skink - Image to come

Found in densely vegetated swamps and watercourses, it may be spotted basking on fallen timber and driftwood. Grows to a maximum of 25cm in length and feeds off grass hoppers, worms, slaters, beetles and plant material. It is most active between September and May and will quickly retreat into shelter when disturbed.

Southern Toadlet - Image to come

Southern Toadlet - Image to come

Also known as the Marbled Toadlet it can be found in dry forest, scrub and grassland hiding under fallen timber and rocks. Its home is typically under leaf litter in moist situations. The Southern Toadlet will grow to a maximum length of roughly 3cm. Eggs are spawned in burrows under leaf litter in areas that will later be flooded.

Eastern Dwarf Galaxias-image to come

Eastern Dwarf Galaxias-image to come

Approximately 3.5-4cm in size. They are found in ponds, dams and swamp areas. Appear to take shelter in yabby burrows when threatened.

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