Long Billed Corellas in Queensland!

I found long billed Corellas in Queensland!

It is exciting to find a flock of Long Billed Corellas a long way from their usual territory. It is also special to see in the wild, a species that is not normally widely dispersed and is not a common bird population.

The Corella Family:

The white Little Corella has a pink patch at its beak and yellow under its tail and is well known around Queensland. The Long Billed Corella is found in Victoria and a small coastal area in New South Wales and Queensland’s Gold Coast. The center of main distribution for this species is south-west Victoria.

It was exciting to find a flock of approximately 30 Long Billed Corella, called a “family party”, at Maryborough Queensland this week.

No sulphur yellow
No sulphur yellow

Identifying the Long Billed Corella:

Looking at the front and back view of the Long Billed Corella the important identifying features are:

  • the top part of the beak significantly overhanging the lower beak;
  • the pink colouring around the throat;
  • and a very pale yellow under the tail.

Whilst the Little Corella has a beak with only a slight overhang, no pink at the throat and sulphur yellow markings under the tail.

Notice the long bill
Notice the long bill

They are noisy birds:

These birds are noisy! Their calls are discordant which makes them seem even noisier! They have a high pitched call in flight and a streaking alarm call.

Sentinel warning system:

Corella feed on the ground using their long bills to dig up the roots and bulbs on which they feed. While the main flock feeds on the ground a few remain in the tree to keep lookout and warn of danger. Corellas are about 37cm in size and nest in tree hollows.

 

It's breeding season
It’s breeding season

Breeding Season:

Breeding time is August to December. Sighting these birds in Maryborough at this time may mean they will breed in this locality. Male and female birds share the incubation of their eggs (usually two). The female sits on the eggs during the night and the male sits during the day for 24 days. The parents then share the care of the hatchlings for 7 weeks in the nest and 3 weeks after they leave the nest.

What an exciting find!

Enjoy and write me back a comment, I would love that!

Amanda

Spiritual connections between people and animals

Lets talk about spiritual connections between people and animals!

For some this connection is a bond, an interconnection, an alikeness or affinity, or it is a relationship or a deep communion.

What is spiritual connection?

People often ask me what is meant by communion or connection with animals. Like many spiritual concepts it can be clearly understood at a cellular level when you feel it but very hard to explain or describe in words.

I’d like to suggest that if you think of an unusual communication or interaction between animals of the same species or different species or between people and animals then you will find examples.

Here are two that I have caught on film.

Horse & Kitten
Animal communion

This photo captures a moment in the ongoing communication between my small cat and my horse.  The horse was moving her reins around and you can see the cat playing with them. They are doing more than showing interest in each other or sharing space, they are playing and being playful.

This is what I mean by an unusual interaction between very different animals or animal species.

 

Butchulla woman and dolphin
Communication between a Woman and Dolphins

This photo is of a human animal or person interacting with dolphins and in this case, a mother and her baby dolphin. The mother presented the baby forward for the interaction. The Butchulla woman in the photo and the dolphin are in a totemic relationship.

We love to hear stories of animal communion or spiritual connections between animals or people and animals so if you have one to tell please send us a message.

Amanda

 

Australian Python Species

 

Australian Python Species

Carpet snakes or Carpet Pythons are harmless despite their looks and they are extremely diverse in colour and pattern.  Most adults will be an olive green or brown colour, with pale, dark-edged blotches, stripes or cross-bands.  The juveniles are similarly patterned, but often in shades of brown rather than olive green.

“The Place of the Carpet Snake”

Carpet snakes grow to more than 3 meters. Carpet snakes are named after the distinctive patterned skin of the species. The patterns in the photos show blotches, cross bands, stripes and combinations of these markings.

carpet snake living in Caboolture
Close up of the markings of the Carpet Snake

 

 

This member of the Australian Python species is one of beige or brown colour and has grey, blackish, rust, yellow or gold markings.

The carpet snake is nonvenomous however bites are often followed by infection and tetanus cover is recommended. A number of races or subspecies of carpet snake are recognised in different geographic regions of Australia.

Caboolture is a city North of Brisbane on the way to Sunshine Coast.

Kabultur (Caboolture) is the tradition language word in that area for “Place of the Carpet Snake”

Photo: Carpet snake by Amanda
Camouflaged Australian Carpet Python

 

While we were living in Caboolture we found a very large carpet snake feeding out of our wheelie bin. These snakes are often found around farms where they enjoy easy hunting and eat the mice and rats. They will eat chickens and their eggs if they can get them.

If you have any photos of carpet snakes we would love to see them – just reply in the comment box below

Thanks

Amanda

Poem about Birds in Flight

Poem about Birds in Flight

Fly

Amanda Jackson (1969 – )

 

Fly little bird

Soar with open wings

Dive and swoop, then rest

Flit, sunbathe, and nest

No ring on your ankle

No chain

Fly little bird

Soar with open wings

 

Great Galah
magnificent grey and pink galah

Enjoy

Black Cockatoo
Dramatic colours of the Yellow tailed black cockatoo

Birds in Flight – I am jealous!

Zebra Finch building a Nest

Zebra Finch building a Nest

Tiny Zebra Finch
Pair of Zebra Finch – Photo by Amanda Jackson

These gorgeous grey and orange birds are Zebra Finches.

The males have orange cheeks, spot the one on the left with his female mate on the right (above)

 

You can see the zebra reference comes from the striped tail markings in this second photo below.

They are small birds at only about 10 cm and they fly quickly from bush to bush.

 

This is:

Nest building time for the Zebra Finch

Zebra Finch getting a nest ready
Zebra Finches building a nest

 

Photo’s by Amanda Jackson

Darling River Platypus dreaming

Darling River Platypus dreaming

Quoted from “The Biggest Estate on Earth” by  Bill Gammage  p137

 “The land became too crowded, so the animal, bird, reptile and insect families met in the Blue Mountains to negotiate a solution.

Frilled lizard grew impatient and caused a huge storm that killed almost all of the platypus. Grieving the other creatures gathered to help platypus.

This led to a very long debate on who platypus was related too and who it could marry.”

 

The Platypus’ children were still platypus with platypus dreaming. Although these marriages explain why platypus’ look the way they do.

 

Warm wishes

Amanda Jackson

Sea lions at the beach

Sea Lions at the Beach

My sister Amanda often talks about animals inspiring her poetry by their beauty, action, and qualities.  This poem below titled “Sea today” is about “green lions” and the sea. We hope you enjoy Amanda’s poem and please post a comment as we would really enjoy that!

Sea today

Amanda Jackson (1969 – )

Are you a Green Lion today, with a lot to say

Or a litter of mewling cubs tumbling at play?

Are you muscle and sinew coiled to spring

Flinging foam and sea spray on the wind;

Or do you grow plump, crouch ready to run

Playfully one after the other and lap the sand?

Poem by Amanda Jackson
Green Lion – Sea Today

 

This poem is inspired by the opening stanza of “Green Lions”

From “Green Lions”

By Douglas Stewart (1913 – 1985)

The bay is gouged by wind,

In jagged hollows green lions crouch

And stretch

And slouch

And sudden with spurting manes and a glitter of haunches

Charge at the shore

And rend the sand and roar.

Green sea lion
Sea Lion – Kangaroo Island

 

For me; this poem made me think of these beautiful Australian sea lions which are seen in many locations around Australia. What is your take on these green lions?

Kerrie

Baby Platypus Pictures

Here are some of my baby Platypus Pictures I have painted over the past 4 years:

 

Little Brother
Little Brother

Are your differences being judged with harsh words or fear? or are you judging others with harsh words or fear?

Platypus Dreaming
Platypus Dreaming

As small as he is the platypus still needs to be tough to survive.

Swimming together
Swimming together

The Platypus says ” Make the differences of the world count. Do what you need to shine your light with harmlessness and you will be remembered for your truth not your fears. Congratulations trendsetter, take my advice and stand proudly in your differences”