Vulnerable Fauna Reporting

Some examples of vulnerable fauna likely to be seen in the area are shown below, please click on the "Report a Sighting" button to report a sighting.

The report sighting button can also be used for fauna not pictured here.

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.

Helmeted Honeyeater

Helmeted Honeyeater

Helmeted Honeyeater (C) Lindsay McNaught Between 17-23cm long, this honeyeater feeds on invertebrates, nectar, eucalypt and other plant sap. Key habitat elements include dense vegetation along riverbanks, closely spaced eucalypt stems and trees with peeling bark.

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.

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.

Masked Owl

Masked Owl

Habitat includes forests, timbered waterways and open country surrounding these areas. The main requirement is for tall trees with hollows in which to nest. They often hunt early in the evening preying on small mammals, rodents and insects. They are generally larger and darker than the similar looking Barn Owl.

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. Usually found in pairs, they 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.

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 but 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.

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.

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.

Lace  Monitor

Lace Monitor

Lace Monitor (C) Geoff Lockwood Also known as a Lace Goanna, they can 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.

Other Fauna Sightings

Other Fauna Sightings

Seen any Interesting Fauna that's not pictured here? You can also use the 'Report a SIGHTING' button to report any sightings of fauna not pictured here. When nominating the fauna sighted, just select "other" in the report sighting form.

Thank you

Thank you

Thanks to Birdlifephotography.org.au and those that generously donated images for our gallery. Written information gathered from Wikepedia.

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