Swordgrass Brown Butterfly

Tisiphone abeona The larvae of the Swordgrass Brown Butterfly feed almost exclusively on Gahnia sedges. In their semi to open habitat, they can be observed flying from November to February. The Swordgrass Brown Butterfly seems to rest with its wings open rather than shut, far more frequently than other butterflies. The species is not seen as much as it once … Read More

Superb Fairy-wren

Malurus cyaneus (Birds of Drouin booklet P12) Description Size: 120-150mm Male in breeding plumage: Sky-blue crown; black nape and upper face; sky-blue cheeks; grey-black back; Throat and breast are blue-black; grey-brown wings; dark tail. Female: Almost grey-brown all over; orange-brown eye patch. Non-breeding males are similar to the female but they have a dark tail and lack the orange-brown eye … Read More

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Cacatua galerita (Birds of Drouin and District booklet P30) Description Size: 450-520mm Sexes are the same. Familiar, all white cockatoo with a yellow crest. Male has a dark eye, females is red-brown. Call Loud screech ending in upward infection often given in flight. Distribution Across the top end and down the eastern side of the continent including Tasmania. Nesting Needs … Read More

Sugar Glider

Petaurus breviceps Sugar Gliders, Ringtails and Brushtail Possums are common inhabitants of Baw Baw’s trees. Sugar Gliders are small nocturnal possums that glide from tree to tree using a gliding membrane which connects their fore and hind legs. They can glide up to 50m using their tails as a rudder. The Sugar Gliders’ fur is thick, soft, and is usually … Read More

Strzelecki Gum

Eucalyptus strzeleckii The Strzelecki Gum was named after the explorer Paul De Strzelecki. The species is listed as Threatened under the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 and Vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The species only exist in their natural state anywhere in the world within the ranges of West and South Gippsland. … Read More

Spotted Pardalote

Pardalotus punctatus (Birds of Drouin booklet P18) Description Size: 80-100mm Male: Upperparts are black with prominent white spots; white eyebrow; rump is red and underparts are a rich yellow. Female: Duller; spots are creamier; throat is whiteish. Call Three note monotonous ‘siwit-dee-dee’ or sometimes just the last two notes. Distribution Eastern Australia from Atherton Tablelands to Tasmania. Across southern SA … Read More

Spiny Spider

Austracantha minax Spiny Spiders, sometimes known as Jewel Spiders or Christmas Spiders are members of the orb weaver group of spiders. They are relatively small spiders, reaching a maximum total body length of only around 12 mm for females, and 5 mm for males. They feed on small flying insects that get entangled in their webs. They are harmless to humans, though … Read More

Spike Wattle

Acacia oxycedrus The Spike Wattle is a dense prickly bush-wattle producing rod-shaped pale-yellow blooms from winter to late spring. It is one of many wattles found in the Baw Baw Shire in bush, reserves and roadsides. They tolerate various soil types and grow in full sun or part shade. Wattles announce the arrival of spring in our Shire and the … Read More

Southern Water Skink

Eulamprus tympanum The Southern Water Skink can be found in and around watercourses such as small creeks where they will be seeking out small items of prey such as insects, tadpoles and frogs as well as other small lizards. With extensive rains they move further away from the water sources as food becomes more prevalent. https://habitatecology.com.au/whats-lurking-in-your-backyard-13-southern-water-skink/ They are a medium … Read More

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