It has been an unusually wet Spring in SW Victoria and so we have seen some different types of wildlife around the place. This little chick is an Australasian Grebe or Little Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae), that my daughter found in our farm dam. The mother built a floating nest on the pump pipe and laid 3 eggs. She tends to dive a lot when frightened and lets out a loud “tik-tik” call. We have also found a lot of different tadpoles and frogs in a swampy area behind the dam and identified one as a Southern Brown tree frog. I haven’t been able to identify this little fella in the picture below, so if you know what it is, please leave me a comment. I have been uploading some of our nature pics to Flickr, using the #pics4school and #kanawinka tags, if you are interested in more images of flora and fauna from our local area.
Image Source – Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis)
This week Year 6/7 students finished their threatened species project. Each of the following Victorian species is declining in numbers due to habitat loss, introduced species, pest plants, pollution and/or overkill.
Brolga (Adam and Daniel)
Carpet Python (Tom)
Corangamite Water Skink (Jasmine)
Earless Bearded Dragon (Emalee)
Eastern Barred Bandicoot
Growling Grass Frog (Chloe)
Helmeted Honey-eater (Sarah)
Honeyeaters (Kaylee and Jacinta)
Long-nosed Potoroo (Emma)
Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Darcy and Chris) (Nathan B.)
Striped Legless Lizard
Southern Brown Bandicoot (Paul)
Spot-tailed Quoll (Leah)
Wedge-tailed Eagle (James and Nick)
Leatherback turtle (Lachlan)
It would be great if you could use Blabberize or Voicethread to give your animal a voice! Please leave a comment about which slideshow you like best, and what you might do differently if you did this project again.