Friday, December 30, 2011

Critter Cam No. 16 - Wedgies!

Spent an hour or so this afternoon watching a pair of wedge-tailed eagles at the back of our place, including a mobbing by a much smaller hawk! Great way to finish off this Critter Cam year!







Critter Cam No. 15 - Native Wasp...

Much more pleasant than those 'orrible black and yellow ones. This little critter is only about 10 or 11mm long and always seems to be on the lookout for a nesting hole...


Critter Cam No. 14 - Creating a bit of a skink...

This is the Metallic Skink - Niveoscincus metallicus - and is a common skink in Tasmania. This one has taken up residence under the back deck at our place.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Critter Cam No. 13 - Boxing Day Cricket...

A short trip down the back again today. Did manage to see a few dragonflies and a damselfly, but not able to get a photo. Did get shots of a small cricket, green Long Legged Flies, and more though...

OK, OK. So it's not the MCG...

Caterpillar that obviously likes dead eucalyptus leaves...

One, two, three...turn and fire!

Here's that red fly again...

Are you...lookin' at me?

Ant 1, spider 0...

Love these Long Legged Flies...

Critter Cam No. 12 - Christmas Day Crabs!

My wife Di and I, along with our dog Capper, decided to have a picnic Christmas Day lunch this year as we were spending the day by ourselves. The weather was nice, sunny and about 23 degrees C, so we headed down to Cygnet in southern Tasmania.

We had our lunch by the side of a creek that leads into Port Cygnet. This spot is very close to where we had Christmas Day lunch the first year we were in Tasmania. Mind you, the kids were 10 and 7 then. Now they are 29 and 26!

One thing that we thought unusual, practically no seabirds around. But we were well entertained by the locals that were there!

Port Cygnet

Waving not drowning!

Shhh. Be vewy vewy qwiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

I can nearly reach it. I can. I can.

Don't you just hate these bush toilets. Just a hole in the ground!

I've just had a cut and polish at the Shell servo.

Reach for the sky, ya filthy varmint!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Critter Cam No. 11 - Hey! It's Sunday not Flyday!

I went down the back today to see if I could shoot any dragonflies. I had seen a few flying around near the house yesterday while I was mowing the grass, and figured I might see a few down by the dam.

Unfortunately, no dragonflies. But heaps of tadpoles and various flies. The green fly on the right is one of my favourites. It's known as a long-legged fly for obvious reasons.

The last shot is I think, an Ichneumon wasp and not a fly.

Nice range of colours...



Friday, December 2, 2011

Critter Cam No. 10 - Huntsman, er maybe Huntswoman...

There are a few types of Huntsman spiders. This one is known as the Social Huntsman as they tend to live in groups. So that's two in the last few days. One inside the house, and this one outside. Be afraid. Be very afraid. (Sorry, that's for the benefit of number one son!).

These guys are the largest huntsman in Australia and can live for up to two years.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Critter Cam No. 9 - Our Surviving Cockatiel...

This is Daggie, our surviving cockatiel, and widow to Norby who passed away overnight a couple of days ago. She seems to be a bit sad now that he has gone.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Critter Cam Calendars...

2012 Critter Cam calendars are now available!

There are two styles:
Click on the links above to order them directly from the print-on-demand facilities at Lulu.com.

Critter Cam No. 8 - Mum (or Dad) and the babes...

Grey Currawong nest...
A pair of Grey Currawongs are nesting in one of the eucalypts on our block. Noisy kids! But cute.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Critter Cam No. 5 - Don't stand still too long!

Bull Ant
These guys are around an inch long, and their bite is very painful. So you don't want to stand still for too long on their nest!

Critter Cam No. 4 - Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo...

Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo
I love the calls these guys make. Not screechy like the white cockies. This photo taken near the Clark Dam, Central Tasmania.

Critter Cam No. 3 - Heavy Lifter...

When one of these flies lands in your hair, you feel it. If a gang of them do so, they will lift you up and carry you off! Such is the Western Tasmanian bush fly!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Critter Cam No. 2 - Ostrich?

Tasmanian Native Hen
...no. It doesn't really have it's head in the sand.

It's a Tasmanian Native Hen. Flightless, and with a call that you either love or hate. Two birds together make a sound like a donkey braying. Eee-Aww...

Cute though, and they have the most intense red eyes.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Critter Cam No. 1 - Ol' Blue Eyes...

 The first in my new home for Critter Cam photos...

This little jumping spider was interested in what I was doing this morning (setting up my computer ready for work). I took a few shots and then realised that he/she has beautiful blue eyes!