Monday, November 18, 2013

Gluepot 2013 #11

Probably the single greatest threat to the habitat of Gluepot is fire. Land clearing, grazing and predation are being addressed. In 2006, fire destroyed about 8000 hectares and monitoring sites were quickly established to assess the effects on flora and fauna. Research projects studying the effects of fire mosaics are continuing. It has been determined that the Striated Grasswren will return to their favourite triodia habitat as little as 3 to 5 years after a burn. Malleefowl and Black-eared Miners however require habitat that has been unburnt for something like 40 years!

Southern Whiteface
This bird has a stubby little bill like a grassfinch and it thrives on a similar diet – primarily small seeds and some insects.

A bit like our Buff-rumped Thornbill, the Southern Whiteface has a preference for habitat with lots of dead trees, logs on the ground, stumps, etc. They use small hollows in dead timber in which to build their nests.

Although they occur widely in inland dry regions their numbers are thought to be in decline. Their shy nature has meant not a lot of information is known about the habits and movements of this bird. I was lucky to get one to pose in such an exposed position for a couple of very quick shots.

1 comment:

  1. The drought years probably hit their numbers if the are primarily seed and insect eaters.