The clouds rolled in late in the afternoon trapping a bit of warmth yesterdays sun, making for what seemed to be a good night out bushwalking. A few hours of trundling with head torch light, yielded a variety of frogs, spiders and other inverts. Not seen, but heard were also the distant thump of 2 swamp wallabies, and the squeeks of a bandicoot.
A quick overview of the bulk of the highlights from that walk, captions are brief because its 3am and I should probably get some sleep.
Nice walk around this morning up at Kariong Eco Garden catching up with Lisa there.
Been a while since seeing a Fence Skink, they used to seem more common ..though that’s probably observer bias.
The Cryptoblepharus skinks were revised in recent years by Paul Horner, often using smaller less visible to the naked eye from a distance characteristics to distinguish them, for some ID’s, requiring a hand lens to compare scale textures on their feet – without doing that. i’ll assume its C. pulcher – because its apparently the local species.
I was happy to appreciate this skink doing its thing without wrestling it, and it would probably of been too quick anyway, ..it was very lively. Should brush up on their distinguishing characteristics, it may mean I get to tick another species off without having to travel far.
Also saw a Caper white butterfly, Belenois java flitting about, the wind was pretty turbulent so some butterflies did not stay for long – also saw Cabbage White, Orchard Swallowtail, Common Crow and Australian Painted Lady butterflies but were too quick to be photographed today.
Today was a nice chaser to last nights walk, a good mix of species becoming more active.
This Australian Bombardier Beetle, Pheropsophus verticalis wasfound beneath discarded plastic by the waters edge of an old quarry. This ground beetle possesses a chemical defence – chemicals are fired from the tip of it’s abdomen and combine in a chemical reaction that releases a burst of intense heat,Â smoke, an odd smell and if handling without gloves they will stain your fingers yellow for about a week. Anything looking to snack on this beauty would be left with a singed tongue and a mouthfull of horrible tasting smoke!