Southern Brown Tree Frog

Litoria ewingii Southern Brown Tree Frogs are bug-eating ninjas that can leap and catch insects in mid-flight. They feed on mosquitoes, flies, small crickets and moths. Not all of these frogs are brown. Despite being called Southern Brown Tree Frogs, they can come in a variety of different colours, including orange, pale fawn or cream and sometimes even green. Males call … Read More

Southern Brown Bandicoot

Isoodon obesulus The Southern Brown Bandicoot is a nationally endangered species under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and as threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. Their population has significantly declined since European settlement and their numbers continue to decline with urbanization. In the 1800s they were described as being “one of the … Read More

Snowy Daisy Bush

Olearia lirata Snowy Daisy Bush is a shrub up to 4m high in wet forest areas or up to 1m in height in drier areas. The flowers form in bunches of daisies which flower from August to December. The leaves are alternate, up to 15cm long, green on top, whitish underneath and slightly lance shaped. Butterfly caterpillars love the plant. … Read More

Robber Fly

Robber Flies or Assassin Flies belong to the Asilidae family of invertebrates. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asilidae has a lot of information about these flies. They are aggressive and predatory feeding on other insects, often catching their prey in flight. Asilidae are from the order of Diptera. Robber Flies live in urban areas, forests and woodlands. They have strong claws to catch their prey … Read More

Red Wattlebird

Anthochaera carunculata (Birds of Drouin booklet P50) Description Size: 330-360mmBlack crown, whiteish face with a red eye. Fleshy red neck ‘wattles’. Grey and white streaked throat and chest. Yellow belly patch. Females are smaller with a shorter tail. CallA hacking, cough-like ‘yakayak’. DistributionSouth east, south and south west of mainland Australia. NestingA rough stick nest is built in a fork … Read More

Rainbow Lorikeet

Trichoglossus haematodus (Birds of Drouin booklet P62) Description Size: 250-320mm Sexes are similar. Colourful small parrot with a streaky blue head, red eye, scarlet bill. Yellow-green nape, red-orange chest and a blue belly. Wings and tail are a mid-green. Call A rolling, musical screech. Raucous chatterings. Distribution Several races, widespread across the north, east and south of the mainland. Nesting … Read More

Rainbow Fungus

Trametes versicolour A colourful bracket fungi with individual ‘fans’ up to 7-8cm across, forming flexible shelves on dead and living trees and logs on the ground.  The underside is a creamy layer of tiny pores – not gills like in mushrooms. Trametes versicolour usually fruits from autumn to late winter. It is a very cosmopolitan fungus found in many countries … Read More

Purple Swamphen

Porphyrio porphyrio (Birds of Drouin booklet P68) Description Size: 44-48cm Sexes alike. Upperparts and face are a dusky black. Neck, breast and belly are a deep blue. The robust biil and face shield are scarlet red. Undertail is white. Call A loud, harsh screech. Distribution Throughout the eastern half of the continent, the Kimberlys and south west WA. Nesting Nests … Read More

Pied Currawong

Strepera graculina (Birds of Drouin booklet P48) Description Size: 440-480mm Sexes are similar. Sooty black bird with a white band at the base of the tail and a small white wing patch. White undertail. Robust bill, orange iris. Call Various including ‘kurar-kurar’, a drawn out ‘wolf whistle’, and others. Distribution Full length of the eastern seaboard, up to 500km inland. … Read More

Pelican

Pelecanus conspicullatus (Birds of Drouin and District booklet P52) Description Size: 1.5-1.9m, wingspan up to 2.6m Sexes alike. Familiar, large black and white bird with a large bill and pink bill-pouch. Call Although mostly quiet, the Pelican can issue some gruff croaks at times. Distribution Most of mainland Australia and Tasmania except for the driest areas. Nesting Breeds almost year-round, … Read More