Koala


 


Koala - Acacia Way - 10 Nov 2017 lowres

Koala Phascolarctos cinereus

By: Michael Fox

 

Walking the Mountain this morning we saw a pair of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos Cacatua galerita high in the trees getting very upset about something. Initially we thought they were getting upset with a murder of Crows in the trees.

Stingless Native Bees Bottle Brush Grass Tree - 10 Nov 2017 lowres

Stingless Native Bee

Then Jude spotted a Koala hanging on for dear life as the Cockatoos and Crows all harried it.

 

In the same area I found tiny Stingless Native Bees Tetragonula sp. collecting nectar and pollen on Bottle Brush Grass Tree Xanthorrhoea macronema flowers.

Look for the pollen on legs.

 

 

Ringtail Possume - dead tree - 10 Nov 2017 lowres

Ringtail Possum nesting in dead tree

 

 

Our last find was a Ringtail Possum Pseudocheirus peregrinus asleep in its nest in a dead tree.

 

 

Ringtail Possum nest in dead tree - 10 Nov 2017 lowres

 

 

 

Dead trees (called stags) are an important part of our bushland habitat providing homes for insects, lizards, birds and even Possums.

 

 

 

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By: Michael Fox

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Blood curdling Koala

August to January is Koala breeding season with most young (called a joey) born over the summer months.

That means I am receiving an increasing number of reports of Koala sightings like Sue’s report:

“I was awoken at 4 am by a dreadful noise in our yard – blood curdling screaming. Couldn’t get back to sleep. At 5 am the local birds let me know some ‘foreign’ creature was still around.

I took this photo of a Koala which had just leapt off our back terrace into one of our gums.  He was roaring loudly as he ascended the tree.  He then spent the day sleeping in an adjacent Tallowwood.  He looked well fed and healthy.

Upon later investigation I found Koala fur and droppings all over the terrace.  I wonder whether two Koalas may have been involved.” Sue Jones

The Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve now has a healthy and growing Koala population. This is a great opportunity for our community and a great responsibility: we have been given a second chance. You can help by:

  • reporting Koala sightings – email photo/s (phone camera is fine – evidence is important not photo quality), approximate location, date and time – email megoutlook@gmail.com
  • keeping dogs inside or chained up at night when Koalas are moving around. Koalas are at particular risk when they come to ground to move around urban backyards.
  • keep your dog on leash walking in the Reserve.