Buff-banded Rail

Species: Gallirallus philippensis (Birds of Drouin booklet P76) Description Size 290-320mm Sexes similar. Russet crown flecked olive. Grey-white face with a white eyebrow and a tan stripe through the eye. Red eye. Upperparts olive brown mottled black and spotted white. Chestnut nape. Throat, chest and belly grey with dark bands. Distinctive buff band across the chest. Call Normally silent. High-pitched … Read More

Crayfish Pipe

Description Land crayfish live only in damp environments, which is why the gullies of Baw Baw Shire are home to many species. Here, they are found in swamps, near streams, ephemeral waterways, eucalypt forests or rainforests. The pipes or chimneys found in Baw Baw Shire are the work of burrowing crayfish.  The ‘chimneys’ are made of balls of mud or … Read More

Baw Baw Frog

Species: Philoria frosti Description The Baw Baw Frog is a critically endangered species. Zoos Victoria have set up a captive breeding program in order to protect it from extinction. Its numbers have declined by 98% since the 1980s. The Baw Baw Frog can only be found in a restricted area of the Baw Baw plateau. It lays its eggs in … Read More

Brown Thornbill

Species: Acanthiza pusilla (Birds of Drouin booklet P10) Description Size 100-110mm Sexes are similar. Upperparts are a rich olive-brown. Forehead is scalloped dark and tan. Eye is red. Rump is a rufous-brown. Underparts are cream to white. Chin and throat heavily streaked dark. Belly and flanks are grey-pale yellow. Call Vocal all year. A loud (for a little bird) and … Read More

Black-shouldered Kite

Black-shouldered KiteElanus notatus (Birds of Drouin booklet P52) Description Size 330-380mm Sexes are similar. Head and neck are white. Eye is orange-red. Black bill. Upperparts are grey. Primary wing feathers are grey. ‘Shoulder’ feathers are black. Belly is white. Feet are yellow. Call Rapid, repeated ‘chip-chip-chip’. Sometimes a ‘kair-kair’. Distribution Widespread throughout the continent. Dispersive, uncommon-common. Nesting Builds a stick … Read More

Bark Huntsman

Species Pediana regina Bark Huntsman spiders are often found under the bark of trees. They are an important part of the natural world, eating insects like mosquitoes, cockroaches and other invertebrates. They in turn are food for some bird species, reptiles and mammals. The huntsman spiders we find in Baw Baw Shire are brown and hairy and far more frightened … Read More

Australian Reed Warbler

Species: Acrocephalus stentoreus (Birds of Drouin booklet P26) Description Size 160-170mm Sexes are similar. Head and upper parts are a plain light brown. A pale buff-white eyebrow. Brown bill. Eye is brown. Throat and underparts are buff-white. Flanks are cinnamon. Call A loud, persistent ‘tutch-tutch-tutch-dsee-dsee-querty-querty-querty’. Distribution Most of mainland Australia except for the very arid centre plus parts of Tasmania. … Read More