tadpole exchange update

Ash got some tadpoles from my friend’s pool that was due to be cleaned and chlorinated. They are motorbike frogs (Litoria moorei). The pool owner worked hard to make sure all the tadpoles were rehomed. Thanks to Tadpole Exchange Program and Kids Nature Club for help.

frog in the pond

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a tale of two frogs

The new tadpoles are happily chewing through the algae in my pond and the water is slowly turning crystal clear. After a couple of days their pale colour darkened and they blend in well with the murky water.

motorbike frog tadpole

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Perth tadpole exchange

Update 24/12/16: Dorothy the pool owner has a sparkling clean swimming pool and she managed to save all the tadpoles. Thanks to everyone who took some taddys.

A friend has tadpoles available in Karrinyup where her pool is about to be drained. They are motorbike frogs (Litoria moorei) and were under a pool cover so they are paler than usual. I got a bucketful today to put in my pond.

tadpoles

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mulga country

I spent last week camping in the arid inland mulga country at Cue in outback Western Australia, 650km north east of Perth. It’s a beautiful red dirt landscape of low scrub dominated by Acacia with many Eremophila species.

a breakaway southeast of Cue township

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frog life

frog in the pond

The motorbike frog tadpoles (Litoria moorei) in my garden pond have all metamorphosed into frogs, sadly the cannibal tradition continues.

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caring for a magpie lark

Update: 8 April mudlark flew back to his busy mudlark life

If you find an injured bird, Native Animal Rescue has tips and information on what to do (and not). Make sure you telephone the Wildcare Helpline (in WA) or a wildlife rescue like Native Animal Rescue.

After online advice and taking the magpie lark to Native Animal Rescue for a health check, I know more about caring for an injured bird and he’s doing well.

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magpie lark

Update: 8 April mudlark flew back to his busy mudlark life

A friend found a magpie lark on the road. The bird was at the Vet for two days and today Liz tried releasing him, but he didn’t fly away. He hops around and flaps his wings and can glide to the ground. I’m looking after him until he can fly, then I’ll release him where he was found.

I don’t really know what I’m doing.  If anyone knows about caring for wildlife can you answer my questions.

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prickly garden plants

In bushland areas prickly plants provide shelter and protection for insects and small birds. I found this bird nest on Hakea ruscifolia. The birds had already left but the nest was protected by the prickly leaves even though it was close to the ground.

bird nest in Hakea ruscifolia

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more pond life

Last November I got motorbike frog tadpoles (Litoria moorei) to put in my garden pond.tadpole in my pond

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pond life

moth on a pond plant

The pond in my garden attracts a myriad of insect life, such as this moth I found on a pond plant (Ornduffia albiflora) today. The pond has small fish to eat any mosquito larvae and stop mosquitoes breeding. When I first dug out the pond I hoped water movement from the water filter would be enough to deter mosquitoes breeding, but I needed biological control. I got White Cloud Mountain minnows (Tanichthys albonubes)* and later added Western Pygmy Perch (Nannoperca vittata) which are native to waterways in WA.

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