A Rarity.

It’s not often nowadays that I have bird photos to post, but that suddenly changed. Looking idly out into the paddock we noticed a corella, and I thought what the heck, I’ll get the camera and take its picture, thinking it was only a common Little Corella. as I got closer I could see that it was digging enthusiastically, and on viewing the first shots on the camera monitor I could see that we had a Long-billed Corella, the first we’d seen in this part of the state. Littles are now here in flocks of hundreds, it will be interesting to see if the Long-billed species follows suit over the next few years or if this individual was just a one off sighting. They are very partial to onion grass corms, (Romulea rosea) and later on in the day a party of Galahs were in the same area, also digging for their supper. Those corms must be tasty, I was able to walk to within four metres of the Galahs without them paying any attention to me.

long-billed corella


long-billed corella


long-billed corella

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2016, first moth session.

The block of old bush at Glenmaggie was the location on a calm warm night, ideal conditions, with kookaburras and treecreepers calling, and micro bats flitting as darkness fell. With the light shining things were quiet for quite a while, as often happens, then a couple of metres away I spotted something on the ground, a Golden Notodontid, Neola semiaurata with its wings spread. This species is widespread in Victoria, but I have only recorded it at this spot, it flies from October to March, several came to the light last November.

neola


neola

A second Notodontid arrived later, Destolmia lineata, the Streaked Notodontid, a variable moth that may be more than one species (MOV 2)

destolmia

Black Geometrids, Melanodes anthracitaria were very numerous as the night wore on, more than a dozen were moving about the sheet and the ground.

melanodes

Two Cossids came in, the first was Endoxyla secta, a nice specimen.

endoxyla secta

And secondly a big Endoxyla encalypti that flapped around frantically for quite a while, often upside down. I finally photographed it on the ground, unfortunately it had lost a lot of scales resulting in the bald patch.

endoxyla encalypti

An interesting arrival was a Yellow-tailed Stub Moth, the less commonly seen Discophlebia catocalina, After a few attempts, a flight shot showed the black and white hind wings that are a diagnostic feature for identification.

stub moth


stub moth

A view of the hind wings is needed to separate Capusa species, this is C. senilis.

capusa senilis

Three examples of a very attractive Noctuid moth that was new to me came in, it is Prometopus inassueta. The larvae are known to feed on Golden Wattle, Acacia pycnantha, a common plant in this bush block.

prometopus


prometopus

The last moth to come in before packing up was an oddity, a strange colour form of Thalaina clara, the Clara Satin Moth.

thalaina clara

Click here for the normal colour form. All moths photographed on the night can be seen here.

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