Wollongong -- late summer and autumn

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  1. moloch05

    moloch05 Well-Known Member

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    Here are photos of various plants and animals from the Wollongong region. These photos were mostly taken from late summer to autumn. I have not been out all that much recently due to work commitments.

    A shot of typical habitat near Wollongong. The coastal forest is damp with eucalyptus forest on the slopes and subtropical rainforest is some of the protected drainages.
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    Here are a few photos from the southern highlands. The climate here is much cooler than on the coast and this is the closest place to Wollongong where I have seen Highland Copperheads.
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    Three-toed Skink (Saiphos equalis):
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    Cunningham's Skink (Egernia cunninghami) -- common in some areas.
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    Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii) -- common lizards in my area.
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    Mainland She-oak Skink (Cyclodomorphus michaeli) -- I see a few of these nice skinks every summer.
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    Broad-tailed Gecko (Phyllurus platurus) -- These lovely geckos are one of my favourites. They are common lizards near the 'Gong.
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    Mustard-bellied Snake (Drysdalia rhodogaster) -- I had a good year with this species and found four. This was by far the largest of those encountered.
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    Highland Copperhead (Austrelaps labialis) -- This snake was in the southern highlands and about about a half hour's drive from where I live. I don't often see these responsive snakes. This one hurtled itself at my legs a moment after taking the photos.
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    Eastern Small-eyed Snake (Cryptophis nigrescens) -- the most common snake in my area. These little snakes remain active through the winter.
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    Marsh Snake (Hemiaspis signata) -- this one was on the road at dusk last week. The evening was cool and I was surprised to see one still active at this time of the year.
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    This is good butterfly habitat. Lantana grew along the margins of this open area. Butterflies would often sip nectar from the lantana flowers and then bask on the ferns.
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    Maclay's Swallowtail
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    Orchard Swallowtail and Meadow Argus
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    Australian Admiral
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    Painted Lady
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    Wonder Brown -- I don't have any good photos of the males. Females tend to sit along the trails but the orange males usually remained high in the canopy. This species exhibits a pronounced sexual dimorphism.
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    Sword-grass Brown -- beautiful butterflies that I see mostly near the top of the escarpment.
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    Common Brown females
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    Common Brown males?
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    Common Ringlet
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    Blues
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    Skippers:
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    Ctenucha -- one of the day flying moths. These are highly variable in pattern.
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    Coreid and a strange grasshopper
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    Pied Lacewing -- I only noticed these for the first time this year. I saw them on my garage about a month ago but have never yet seen them in a natural setting.
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    Garden Mantis -- I like the lovely azure patch on the forelegs.
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    spider -- interesting "shaggy dog" face.
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    huntsman
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    Darwinia fasicularis
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    Banksia ericifolia
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    Banksia marginata
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    Banksia serrata
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    Banksia spinulosa
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    Waratah and Drumstick -- both members of Proteaceae as are the Banksia.
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    Mountain Devil and Flannel Flower
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    Epacris longifolia and Goodenia sp.?
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    Pattersonia sp. and Native Violet
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    Orchid and Wattle
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    Hyacinth Orchid:
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    Styllidium sp.
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    King Parrot
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    Sugar Glider -- I hear this whenever I look for Broad-tailed Geckos but they are not so easy to see. This one was busy yapping and allowed me to walk beneath the tree where it was sitting.
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    Spotted Owl -- Often heard and sometimes seen in the Broad-tailed Gecko habitat.
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    Regards,
    David
     
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    AUSGECKO Very Well-Known Member

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    As always, stunning photos mate.
     
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    Totally agree !!!
    Always look forward to Davids field herping results.
     
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    Awesome photos. I've never been able to see that amount of animals in the wild. Looks like you found a good spot.
     
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    Thanx again...
     
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    Thanks, all, for the feedback.

    Regards,
    David
     
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    All beautiful photos, always look forward to your threads David, just amazing!
     
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    Great photos, that owl at the end looks so evil!
     
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    awesome butterfly pics!
     
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    Is the spotted owl the same as a Boobook (ninox novaseelandiae I think thats how you spell it)
     
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    Great pics David :)
     
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    Awesome photos. Interesting to note that highland copperhead having a go at you. Did you provoke it? I find them to be a very shy and relaxed snake. Usually they will flatten there necks out, and get cranky at the start when they get the initial fright, but after that they usually calm right down.
    Theyre my favourite snake in this area, i love them.
     
  13. moloch05

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Barramundi,
    Boobook is another name for the Spotted Owl.

    reptilerob,
    I was very surprised when the Copperhead went airborne at me. I had only moved to a better position for the photos. The snake was not cornered or touched so its response was a surprise to me.



    Regards,
    David
     
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    nice mate where abouts in woolongong did u find these i live in kangaroo valley:)
     
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    I realise this is very old. But seeing as I have not seen it, I'd like to say it's some great photography. I have to say you are lucky to see several Sheoaks a year. I've seen 2 in 17 years and they occur on my property.
     
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    Loved them all except the spiders lol...
     
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    i find a lot of these under rubbish/sheet iron on the eastern side of the lake sometimes 5 under the same piece of tin!
     
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    Wow that's pretty awesome, I don't go out to the East side of the lake much. This would be about the right time of the year for them wouldn't it?
     
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    Unfortunately, the photos are gone. I remember David was/is a great photographer and found an astounding number of species (and specimens).
     
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    Bummer about the photos. Really want to see them since I live so close! Especially the orchids :D
     
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