May 2017 / 34 posts found

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Possums on the Gold Coast

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Possums are small marsupials with brown or grey fur, ranging in size and weight from the length of a finger or 170 grams (6 ounces) (pygmy possums and wrist-winged gliders), to the length of 120 centimeters (four feet) or 14.5 kilograms (32 pounds) (brushtails and ringtails). All possums are nocturnal and omnivorous, hiding in a nest in a hollow tree or in the roof of buildings during the day and coming out during the night to forage for food. They become tame very quickly if hand fed with fruit and are very territorial. They say that if you want to […]
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Koala On The Gold Coast – Animal emblem of Queensland.

by kimbro
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I have lived in the bush for years and never spotted a Koala. However since moving to the Gold Coast we have had several visit our garden. Alerted to their presence by a very loud guttural call at night, inspection in the morning disclosed a large Koala sleeping in a gum tree. Koalas sleep for about 18 hours a day and are mostly only active at night. They feed on selected eucalypt trees, therefore if these trees are not present you will not see a Koala in the bush. The Koala has very large claws for climbing and will use […]
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Kangaroo On The Gold Coast

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The word Kangaroo derives from the Guugu Yimidhirr word gangurru, referring to a Grey Kangaroo [big foot]. There are many different varieties of this marsupial macropus genus to be found in Australia. In general the term Kangaroo depicts the larger species such as the “Red Kangaroo”, “Western Grey Kangaroo” and the “Eastern Grey Kangaroo”. The smaller species are commonly referred to as “Wallabies, tree-kangaroos, Quokka and pademelons. Actually sighting an Eastern Grey Kangaroo on the Gold Coast is a rare event , unless you visit a theme park like Currumbin Sanctuary. You are much more likely to see a Wallaby […]
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Gold Coast Snakes

by kimbro
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We live in an area where Death Adders are supposed to be prevalent, however I have never seen one in our garden. I have seen a couple of Tiger snakes, a brown snake, a Red Bellied Black snake and some Green Tree snakes. I have tried to make a complete list of the snakes that could be found on the gold Coast but I doubt that you will ever come across any of these snakes unless you are really actively looking for them. For information on Australian Snake Bite identification and treatment, please go to Camping and Bushwalking at our […]
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Gold Coast Lizards

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Lizards on the Gold Coast are quite plentiful. We have hundreds of little lizards in our garden and occasionally we get to see large goannas, water dragons, bearded dragons and blue tongues. This little House Gecko likes to hunt spiders and insects. He is a regular visitor inside our home at night. Photographed here on the stain glass partition next to our front door. The little lizard emits a surprisingly loud “Tchak,Tchak,Tchak”. I have no idea where this Gecko hides out through the day. In this species, the snout is longer than the distance between the eye and the ear-opening, […]
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Gold Coast Insects

by kimbro
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I’m no expert on insects and don’t even know most of their proper names. So this page will just show you the insects we have observed in our backyard on the Gold Coast. Represented here under the names we locals use to describe them. BLue Orange Bug. I am constantly amazed at the wondrous designs in nature. The patterns on this bug are very reminiscent of Aboriginal Art [which I also admire]. Photo: Ian Walker. Gold Chrysalis. This is the Pupa [Chrysalis] of the Common Crow or Oleander Butterfly [Euploea sp]. Photo: Ian Walker. Found hanging from the underside of […]
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Gold Coast Fish

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Fish on the Gold Coast are as varied as the landscape, easily accessible and an important part of the ecosystem. Fish tackle shops are a great source of information on where, what bait to use and how to catch the local fish. Below is a short list of the fish within the Gold Coast area, for more extensive information click on the “reference” links. The Barramundi feeds on crustaceans, molluscs, and smaller fishes (including its own species); juveniles feed on zooplankton. This catadromous species inhabits rivers and descends to estuaries and tidal flats to spawn. At the start of the […]
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Gold Coast Frogs & Toads

by kimbro
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Let me introduce you to “Houdini” – so named as he/she is a talented escape artist. About 6 months ago, I got a bit of a fright whilst checking the letter box. I’m always a bit cautious and take a good look before reaching for the mail. Spiders, cockroaches and slugs are just a few of the regular inhabitants of our mail box. Can you imagine my surprise when this huge green tree frog stared back at me when I lifted the flap on the letter box. I slowly put my hand into the box to retrieve the mail, fully […]
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Gold Coast Birds

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A lorikeet taking a snack of gum blossoms in our backyard. We love the many and varied beautiful birds on the Gold Coast. Click on the image above to see many more photos taken by Ian Walker, a published nature photographer on the Gold Coast. Our backyard is home to many of these wonderful birds found in abundance on the Gold Coast in Southeast Queensland, Australia. I awake to hear the warbling, chirping, whistling and delightful songs of a great variety of birds every morning. It is usually the Kookaburras that herald the day each dawn with their UUU hah […]
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Gold Coast Bats

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                                                                        Also referred to as flying foxes, fruit bats, macro bats and micro bats. Bats can be seen like rivers in the sky  at dusk in the summer months. Huge colonies of fruit bats fly over the Gold Coast daily from North to South migrating to feeding grounds. For short periods during the summer months we have a few bats visiting our native fig tree […]