Friday, August 6, 2010

Two ticks Grey-headed Robin: nix snakes

Ticked Grey-headed Robin (Heteromyias cinereifrons) as species of the morning yesterday in Broadwater State Forest Park, 45km west of Ingham.

Several birds sighted close up in the rare riverine rainforest remnant.

This bird already had a tick. Didn't see the parasite at the time in the jungle gloom.

Ticked off today to miss this 90cm Red-bellied Black Snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) capturing and swallowing striped frog. The kill occurred three metres from me, but snake's head always hidden under flattened grass the frog unwisely ducked into.

Also ticked off at inability to get clear shot of this two-metre Water Python (Liasis mackloti) at its retreat, a broken culvert at a nearby sugar cane ditch.
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Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony
Long time no visit, i am afraid.
Been too busy - water issues and house renovations all at the same time.
Your Robin has collected more insects than the insects have collected birds. I doubt that the tick would trouble the bird too much, except for the location near the eye.
I have found native animals with numerous ticks and no problems at all. Evolution and adaptation are great answers to things which trouble we humans and our domesticated animals (as we have not evolved here, to develop resistance to tick bites).
Interesting snakes too.


Tyto Tony said...

Hi Denis: Need to renovate the big House in Canberra to sort out water issues. The only ticks I fret about are any burrowing into me.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony.
Well I totally agree with the first comment, and probably the second too.

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