Linda and Roger's Bunhybee Grasslands - Animals


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Bunhybee Grasslands is a 49 hectare / 120 acre conservation property 35km south of Braidwood, in southern N.S.W.
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Information about Animals

This page contains information about animals that are known to be on the property, under the following headings:

Mammals
Monotreme
Reptiles
Birds
Insects
Arachnids
Ferals
Pig-Damage

Mammals

Species Lists: Wikipedia: Australia generally and NSW

We've seen Eastern Grey Kangaroos, often in 2008-10, but less so since then, never in large numbers, usually up close to the forest. They would seem to graze mainly the upper slopes – at least during the reasonable conditions that held in 2008 and into early 2009. In autumn 2009, they had been grazing the microlaena in the two patches in the NW corner and below the forest fence-line 100m south of the NW corner. Now that we realise how bushy and even high Microlaena grows, we also realise how much they nibble it down.

We've once seen what we'd loosely describe as a red-backed small kangaroo or wallaby in the forest beside the road, 2km north of Bunhybee (1 Mar 2010).

There are Wombats on the property. There's plenty of evidence in the form of paths, gaps under the bottom strands of fences, and holes in and adjacent to the property. Several new burrows have appeared in various parts of the property, including near Peppermint corner in late 2008, on the central block in 2010, in the dam wall in 2012, and above Gate Gully in 2013 and 2014.

You generally don't see them during the daytime. Two exceptions have been one in summer 2010, and another in very early spring on 2014:

20 Feb 2010
Wombat ...
... Sick? Injured?
Visibly breathing
... He'd started to dig in,
but had stopped
It was a 29 degree day,
and he was exposed.
He was clearly playing possum,
as the space was vacant 8 days later!

20 Aug 2014 ...
... flooded out of
his main holes ...
... and not yet
finished his new one ...
... but also
sunning himself

Monotreme

Reference info: Wikipedia

We've seen a very healthy echida six times in 30-odd visits in 2008-12, usually on the main ridge (which we now commonly refer to as Echidna Ridge), but also on the South Block and below the dam.

Lark and Echidna, Sep 2008
Echidna, Sep 2008
Echidna, 11 Nov 2009
(Martin Butterfield)
Echidna – 13 Nov 2010
Echidna – 22 Oct 2012
In the East of South Block
Yet again (no photo),
ridge-e-didge,
on 9 Nov 2016

Reptiles

Recognition Sites: Australian Museum (Sydney)

Snakes

Recognition Sites: What Snake is That?

Lizards

Shinglebacks are sometimes seen in the area, but unfortunately usually when they haven't made it across the road in time.

Blue-Tongue Lizard, Nov 2008
Lizard, Nov 2009
Dragon, Nov 2009

Turtles

Recognition Sites: ANGFA (Qld)

Frogs

Recognition Sites: Amphibian Research Centre

25 Sep 2013
Frog froth ...
... in the dam ...
... after wet conditions

Birds

Species Lists: Wikipedia

~ Resident / Sedentary:

~ Migratory:

~ Occasional, in the open, and in the snow-gums along the road:

~ Additional sounds heard in the top corner, coming out of the Bunhybee Peak forest:

See also the following Lists, below:

Wedge-tailed eagle, Sep 2009
... closer-up ...
... and again

On 7 September 2013, Yellow-Faced Honeyeaters were migrating back to the mountains, with many flocks of about a hundred coming southwards along the road, and fewer groups SW across the ridge. The following were more easily photographed:

Yellow-Tailed ...
... Black Cockatoos ...
... Very Early Spring ...
... from the Deuas
westwards towards
the Tallaganda
25 Sep 2013
The resident Lark
His favourite rocks
are bare on top
9 Nov 2016
Kooka!

Insects

Recognition Sites: CSIRO Entomology

When you look closely, there are a lot of them.

Dragonflies, commonly over the main dam and the small dam

Recognition Sites: CSIRO Entomology

Dragonfly, Nov 2008

Moths and Butterflies

Recognition Sites: CSIRO's Australian Moths Online and Don Herbison-Evans' Butterflies and Moths

Moth, Nov 2009 ...
... and Obverse
5 Apr 2010
Moth ...
... and another
13 Nov 2010 –
A Beetle.
Don Herbison-Evans says prob. Pollanisus viridipulverulenta (Jan 2013)
30 Jan 2016 ...
... nope, not
a Painted Lady

Grasshoppers

Recognition Sites: DAFF, CSIRO Entomology

We've been told that there could be 20 species of grasshoppers on a property like this, but all our untrained eyes have seen so far is:

Green Grasshopper
Feb 2009
Brown Grasshopper
Nov 2009
Green Grasshopper
Jan 2014
Yellow-winged Locust
Gastrimargus musicus
Jan 2016
Both brown and green,
caught in the grill
Feb 2016

Beetles and Bugs

Recognition Sites: CSIRO Entomology: 'True Bugs' and Beetles

Apr 2009 – A Bug
Sep 2009 –
Water-Running Bug,
Pond, Southern waterline
Nov 2009 –
Luminous ...
... Golden and Green Beetles
 
30 Dec 2009 – Beetle
on Banksia marginata
20 Feb 2010 – A Bug
 
28 Dec 2010 –
A Beetle on the Leptosperm ...
... and a beetle during
the seed-harvest ...
... with a spider ...
20 Mar 2011 –
Bug on A. melanoxyon
2 January 2013 –
Iridescent Beetle
8 Jan 2014 ...
... Green Christmas Beetle ...
... cropped

Whose Handiwork?

20 Feb 2010
Snow Gum ...
... eaten ...
... by what?

Don Herbison-Evans suggests Christmas Beetles (Jan 2013).

Caterpillars

Recognition Sites: Don Herbison-Evans

28 Dec 2010 –
Caterpillars ...
... from the harvest ...
... of the Kangaroo Grass
... and another

Mantis

Mar 2013 – found in the southern swamp ...
... but relocated to a dry area where the camera was ...
... and showing the green eye

Arachnids

Recognition Sites: Ed Nieuw, Wikipedia, Qld

From time to time:

Holes consistent with:

9 May 09 –
Trap-door spider's hole,
near fence, near NE corner
3 Mar 2010 –
Spider
28 Dec 2010 –
during the Kangaroo
Grass harvest ...
... and another
2 January 2013
Poss. Brown Trap-Door ...
... disturbed while
digging out a thistle
14 January 2015
Green Spider ...
... ?Neosparassus ZZ572
Green huntsman spider
30 Jan 2016
Tan and Black
2cm long
in Leptosperm
The seeds, very
similar of course

Ferals

Species Lists: Wikipedia


Examples of Pig-Damage

Nov 2008
(late spring) ...
... perhaps 1 year old ...
... in recovery mode ...
... fairly healthy, unassisted
Apr 2009 –
1-2 years old?
E of the house-site

Here is a variety of pig-damage, shot in Nov 2012, in the process of repairing itself pretty effectively. After 2-1/2 wet years following a 9-year drought. the Schoenus apogon was particularly vigorous:


Martin Butterfield's Bird List on 11 November 2009


Rainer Rehwinkel's Bird List on 22 October 2012

These were based mostly on calls from the forest adjacent to Picnic Corner

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Created: 2 October 2008; Last Amended: 10 November 2016