What's today's #SpeciesSaturday we hear you ask?
None other than the small bird with the big reputation - the Australian Grasswren! 😎
There are 11 species of the Amytornis (Grasswren) genus and they're all still somewhat of a mystery 🧐That’s because they’re very elusive, have well-camouflaged plumage and small (though typically larger and more robust than Fairy-wrens). Even their call is hard to hear - it's soft and high-pitched!
All Grasswren species have short, rounded wings so they can't undertake long flights. Instead they hop, run, bound or bounce between bushes and tussocks of grass 🌳 📸’s by Ben Parkhurst at Hamelin Station Reserve in WA.
Happy #frogfriday all - this fellow was among dozens of froggos in a culvert by the roadside. Definitely had Spencer’s Burrowing Frog and Desert Tree Frog in there, but this one and the others that looked like this one have me a bit stumped! I’m wondering if it’s Neobatrachus centralis or an interestingly-coloured Spencer’s Burrowing Frog that I’ve not encountered before. I’ve included a picture of the typical Spencer’s in the exact same spot. Suggestions are welcome! Love how you can go out there and be surprised 😊 oh and #savethefrogs 🙏 Still want frogs around to show my daughter 😌
“What’s in a name? That which we call a stink bug by any other name would smell as sweet” - Pentatomidae really do have a slightly unfair #badreputation especially when they look this sweet 😍 📷 dpimages from the ACT region Bush Blitz
When is a seagull not a seagull? Always! SWIPE to meet #PortPhillipBay 's "#seagulls ": Silver Gull, Greater Crested Tern, Pacific Gull, Australasian Gannet and Kelp Gull. •
• seagull is a colloquial name given to many coastal, grey and white birds, most of which are in the family 'Laridae'. •
• In the bay we have 3 common gulls (round and bulky) and many terns (sleek and pointy), though only a couple are seen regularly. •
• Read our latest article to find out more. It's in the 'Stories' tab at connectedtoportphillip.com
How utterly amazing is this native Mistletoe?! 😍
Found in Western Australia, this species Nuytsia floribunda is called Moodjar by the Noongar Traditional Owners.
It is dubbed the Christmas tree because it bursts into bloom in December! 🎄
Can you spot the Jewel Beetle in the second pic? 📸’s by Richard McLellan