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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Native Frogs of Highfields Falls

30th January 2016

NATIVE FROGS & NOCTURNAL WILDLIFE OF HIGHFIELDS FALLS

We decided to go for a night walk through Highfields Falls after some recent rain to see how many native frog species were out and about. The falls had changed quite significantly since our last visit, with recent earthworks being performed to widen tracks, presumably for vehicle access, so it was extremely muddy as gravel hadn't yet been added to the tracks, anyway the frogs were happy with plenty to be seen and heard, predominantly Great Barred Frogs.  We saw quite a few Common Brushtail Possums, birds sleeping in trees and a few water spiders.  We were pleasantly surprised not to see any cane toads!

B & J
 
Great Barred Frog at Highfields Falls 30th January 2016

Scarlet-sided Pobblebonk Frog with the remains of his last meal hanging out of his mouth at Highfields Falls, 30th January 2016

Female Stoney Creek Frog at Highfields Falls, 30th January 2016

Male Stoney Creek Frog at Highfields Falls, 30th January 2016 (iphone photo)

Ornate Burrowing Frog at highfields Falls, 30th January 2016

"Not Happy Jan"  I was taking a photo of this beautiful Great Barred Frog when an ant crawled over it's face, it sat patiently, but un-impressed. 

Gorgeous Common Brushtail Possum in a tree at Highfields Falls 30th January 2016,  

Common Brushtail Possum, Highfields Falls, 30th January 2016


Giant Water Spider (Megadolomedes australianus) at Highfields Falls, 30th January 2016

Water Spider (Dolomedes sp) at Highfields Falls (iphone photo)



2 comments:

  1. Some brilliant frog pictures and I know those spiders are beauties but yikes!

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    1. Thanks Russell- yes the Giant Water Spider certainly is giant! My first time seeing this spider the size of a adult hand- Brendon tried to convince me to put my hand near it for a photo to depict the size... I wasn't that crazy!

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