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This is the third and most recent species of small black spotted white moth with tightly folded wings I have encountered at this location. It occurs in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Wingspan is 3 cm.
Gordian worms are a family of parasitoid worms ranging in size from 50 to 100 mm, although in extreme cases they can reach up to 2 m. They are 1 to 3 mm in diameter. The adults are free living but the larvae are parasitic on various insects.
Female Wonder Brown
The species is found in southern Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. Females have a wingspan of 6 cm.
Crambid Moth 4
The species is known in India, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Thailand and Australia where it is found in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. Wingspan is 3 cm.
Crambid Moth 3
The species is found in New Guinea, Queensland, northern New South Wales and Western Australia. Wingspan is 2 cm.
Northern Tree Funnel Web
The species is regarded as the world's deadliest spider. One of the crew was tickling the trip lines with a twig. DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME. The spider repeatedly emerged and grabbed the stick, dragging it into its burrow and not letting go for quite a while.
Crambid Moth 2
The wings are transparent. Moths and butterflies appear too delicate for this hard world. The moth is found over the central east coast of Australia in Queensland and New South Wales. Wingspan is 4 cm.
Crambid Moth 1
The species occurs across south east Asia including, India, Hong Kong and the Phlippines and in the Northern Territory and Queensland. It is the only species in the genus. Wingspan is 3 cm.
The species is found along eastern coastal regions of Queensland and New South Wales. Wingspan is 50 cm.
The expert had never seen this caterpillar, but thought it most likely a Calpinae species or belonging to the sub family Catocalinae.
Grey Huntsman Spider
This was the first one we saw on our night walks (18.1.17). Another was in fairly close proximity. It is a vary large spider with a leg span of up to 230 mm. It is found in eastern Australia from Victoria to Queensland.
Giant Orange Lacewing
Alternatively known as the Blue Eyes lacewing, the species occurs in coastal eastern Australia from northern Queensland to Victoria and Tasmania. Body length is 25 - 30 mm and wingspan from 70 - 90 mm.
This strange insect had us puzzled. Its furled wings sticking up like a periscope, its flattened body and legs stretched out fore and aft were un-katydid-like. The pollen and nectar feeding katydid occurs widely in Australia, including Tasmania.
Pacific Black Ducks
The ducks are enjoying life in a temporary water body formed after heavy rain.This dabbling species is found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and many islands in the southwestern Pacific.
There are more than 6,400 species in this family. The lifespan of katydids is about a year. They are related to grasshoppers and crickets. Like the latter, they have antennae which may be more than twice the body length.
Spiny Leaf Insects
The species is endemic to coastal regions of Queensland and northern New South Wales. Females grow to 20 cm and are bulkier than males which grow to 11 cm. The green insect is a mature specimen, the blotched insect is immature,
Orchard Swallowtail Butterfly
This large butterfly is found in eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea. The wing span is 120 mm. The butterfly in the video is a female.
Mating Raspy Crickets
The male is grasping the female's ovipositor while transferring the spermatophore to her. Raspy crickets belong to a worldwide family of non-jumping insects. They are nocturnal and mostly omnivorous. They are predators of other insects and spiders. The taxonomy of the group is not that well known and there are undescribed genera out there.
Magpie-larks at Nest
This small to medium size native Australian bird, is widely distributed other than in Tasmania and some desert areas of remote far north western West Australia. In my part of the world it is known as a peewee. The chicks were very close to leaving the nest.
Worldwide there are over 3,000 species of mayfly and over 400 genera in 42 families. This specimen has 2 tail cerci. Some species have 3. Mayflies are aquatic insects. A creek flows in the rainforest where this individual was filmed.
The species is native to Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea. It is also known as the Masked Lapwing. When I started filming there were 3 chicks and two adults. By the time I finished, one adult and one chick were gone.
Lichens on Post Box
The post box was made of stones, a bit like a cairn. A lichen combines algae or cyanobacteria (or both) among filaments of a fungus, to produce an organism with properties that are very different from those of the component parts.
Satin Bowerbird Pair in Bower
I spent hours over many days waiting for the female to land at the bower. The camera position was fixed and the video is in real time, ie the duration of the female's presence at the bower.
Lichens on Rock
Although Lichens are all around us on trees, rocks, vines and buildings, they are so easy to overlook. So like abstract paintings are they when viewed close to that it is easy not to see them as living things.
The species inhabits eastern coastal Australia and is often seen in flocks of 10 or 20 birds. The bird is 11 to 12 cm long.
Mating Stick Insects
As usual, the male is much smaller than the female. This species has extremely long antennae.
Tamborine Mountain Zieria
The plant only grows on Tamborine Mountain. It is listed as vulnerable. The video was filmed in early Spring with the plant in full flower. It reaches a height of up to three metres. There is no common name
Crimson Bottle Brush Tree
The plant is endemic to Australia where it is found in swampy areas of eastern Victoria, New South Wales, through to tropical North Queensland. This specimen was filmed on the bank of a lagoon.
This is one of the few moths I have encountered at night out of the hundreds I have filmed and photographed in daylight. In Australia the moth is found in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales. It is also found in New Guinea and New Britain. Wingspan is 50 mm. Frother refers to the moth’s defense mechanism of exuding a frothy yellow fluid from glands beside the eyes.
Northern Tree Funnel Web
This is the burrow of the planet's most venomous spider. One of the crew was attempting to trigger a strike by the spider by tickling the silken triplines which alert the spider to prey, with a palm leaf. The video contains two strikes. Blink, and you will miss them.
Eastern Yellow Robin
The bird is found in coastal and subcoastal regions from South Australia to tropical North Queensland. It is one of the larger Australian robins. This individual was roosting in rainforest.
Small-eyed Net-casting Spider
The Atlas of Living Australia occurrence records are confined to a few sightings in south eastern Queensland.
The expert thought this might be a Rough Pachymorpha Stick Insect, Pacymorpha squalida. The family contains species which can grow to over 30 cm long.
Carex is a vast genus of 2,000 grassy plants occurring in most parts of the world. This specimen was growing on the bank of a lagoon in a sports complex.
Female Fallen Bark Looper Moth
An Australian moth which occurs in the south eastern quarter of the country. I filmed the female in February 2016 in the same spot where I filmed a male in September 2009. Wingspan is about 5 cm.
Green & Gold Nomia Bees
These are solitary male bees clustering in late afternoon on a grass stem where they will spend the night. The stem was on the bank of a lagoon in the Tamborine Mountain sports complex. The species occurs widely in Australia.
What an amazing creature is the semi-slug. A snail with a fleshy hump rather than a hard, hollow shell. This species is only known to exist on Tamborine Mountain and nowhere else on the planet. It was my fourth sighting and unlike the previous three which were of lone, static specimens, there were five individuals in the one place and on the move. The video concentrated on one of them.
Mostly we (the crew) see trapdoor spiders on the ground or in earth banks. This was the first time we have seen them in timber and above head height at that. The spiders may have occupied a burrow or burrows made by a wood-boring insect. I filmed the burrow facing the camera before I realised there was another burrow or entrance to the side and above it. I was fortunate enough to film both occupants, one having caught an ant. The sapling was swaying in the breeze.
Not for the squeamish. This is my second dead rodent encounter at night. The first time scavengers were ants. I found it hard to make out if the lower jaw was flat to the ground or partly resting on its side.
The grasses were at the end of a sealed road in a gorge. I love filming grass because of its beauty and everydayness, though it can be a difficult subject. Grass is one of humanity's subliminal sensory and emotional reference points.
The video is in three parts, starting with a visit to the bower by a female, followed by a destructive raid by a rival, concluding with the builder starting to repair the bower. I saw up to three mature males while filming the bower.
Bush Rat on Fruit
The rodent had posed itself so beautifully on the colourful fruit of the walking stick palm. The bush rat's distribution is patchy in coastal areas of eastern Australia and in South Australia and south-west West Australia. It is nocturnal, partly arboreal and inhabits rainforest, moist lantana, bracken and creek verges.
Pill Millipede with Mite
We frequently see pill millipedes in the rainforest. They are nocturnal. This specimen is the only one I have encountered whose last dorsal plate is not black. The expert from the Queensland Museum pointed out that the pill millipede group requires further work in order to identify to species level. He did draw attention to the mite on the millipede which he felt was probably Cryptometasternum queenslandense. It is the brown dot at the front of the insect. If you look carefully you can see the mite's legs.
Goliath Stick Insect
This is Australia's second longest stick insect after the Titan, but the most bulky. It is found throughout the country except in Victoria and spends much of its time in the top of eucalypts. I have filmed the species only twice. The first time was in daylight. < BACK
This ornamental plant is endemic to South Africa, but was flourishing in a Tamborine Mountain garden.
Mickey Mouse Plant
The plant is native to South Africa and has been widely cultivated elsewhere as an ornamental garden plant, but has become a weed in NSW and southern Queensland.
Bronze Orange Bug Nymphs
On hatching the nymphs are green. They next progress to orange then red before their final moulting into adults.
The molluscs were all eating the one fungus. If you look carefully you will see the antennae of each one. From left to right a Black-spotted Semi-slug, a Pink Glass Snail and a Richmond River Keeled Snail.
The genus is native to Mexico, Central and South America and Trinidad and Tobago. The flower seems to emerge from a thick leaf which is actually the plant's stem.
This arid region, tropical plant is native to large parts of Africa and to the Arabian Peninsula. It was a spectacular presence in a mountain garden.
The flowers were filmed at the side of a road. They are native to eastern Africa from Kenya to South Africa. They were a favourite cut flower of mine when I lived in England, with their delicate beauty and fragrant scent.
When I filmed the bird in late July 2015, I was unaware that the species was present on the mountain. This medium sized Coackatoo is native to western Victoria and southern NSW. Its presence in south east Queensland is due to the release or escape of captive birds.
The bird is widely distributed in Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. The wings make a whistling sound when the bird takes off.
In Australia the moth is found in the Northern Territory, Queensland and NSW. It is also found in New Guinea and New Britain. Wingspan is 50 mm. Frother refers to the moth’s defense mechanism of exuding a frothy yellow fluid from glands beside the eyes. The wings have transparent panels.
Stink Bug Nymph
330 out of the 360 Australian species of Pentatomidae are endemic. Shortly after I filmed the nymph on the leaf, I discovered and proceeded to film, it being eaten by a mantis which had been lurking in the bush.
This is a tropical species known in Asia, Australasia and Africa, but absent in the Americas. It is found on rotting wood. The fungi in the video were filmed in subtropical rainforest.
Richmond Birdwing Larvae
Although this is the second smallest birdwing butterfly, adult females have a wingspan of up to 16 cm, making it the largest butterfly where it is endemic, namely localised areas in Queensland and north eastern New South Wales. Habitat loss would indicate a classification of 'vulnerable'.
Assassin Bug Nymph
The wing buds are visible as the nymph leaves the shade of the overhanging leaf. The expert thought this may be the common Bee Killer Assassin Bug (Pristhesancus plagipennis) but could not be sure, pointing out that it is difficult to associate the nymphs with the adults of most bugs because they look quite different.
Orange Assassin Bug
Assassin bugs are predators, preying on small snails and insects. The species has been recorded in coastal areas from central Queensland to central New South Wales. Body length is 17 mm.
Orange Palm Dart
The butterfly is found from Indonesia to the Solomon Islands and in mainland Australia. This is a male. Wingspan is up to 4 cm. < BACK
Mostly I film the Short-eared Brushtail Possum in the rainforest. This was the first possum I have filmed eating. The Ringtail is endemic in Australia. It is smaller than the Short-eared Brushtail Possum. Look out for the white ring of the tail.
Robber Flies are true flies and prey on other insects, catching them in flight. This may be a Red Robber Fly, Colepia rufiventris.
Upright Coral Fungus
The fungus was growing in rainforest. It is inedible due to its unpleasant odour and bitter taste. The Atlas of Living Australia occurrence records only refer to West Australia and New South Wales. Bear in mind that my one small place on earth, Tamborine Mountain, is in Queensland.
Red Velvet Mite
Years passed between filming this, my second Red Velvet Mite and my first. Both were in rainforest. The mite is all of 3 mm long.
Great Climbing Orchid
The orchid was growing in rainforest. It occurs in south eastern Queensland and north eastern New South Wales at altitudes up to 600 m. The flowers last two days.
Jew's Ear Fungus
[taxonomy:binomial=Auricularia auricula-judae] This edible fungus is found worldwide. It grows on wood. This fungus was growing on a buried tree root. The fungus is a popular ingredient in Chinese food. In the early 20th century it was exported from Australia to China.
The bird is a rarity compared with the Tawny Frogmouth often seen on the mountain. It is listed as vulnerable in Queensland. The species is also found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.
Blue Garden Flatworm
This is a much longer specimen than is cited in wikipedia and other online sites. It was filmed in the national park where I filmed a far shorter specimen during the day. The species is native to eastern Australia, but has been introduced to the UK, France, Spain and to some states in the US.
This is an important Australian native bee which contributes to 30% of the nation's crops. It uses 'buzz pollination', rapid movement of flight muscles to dislodge pollen. The bee also occurs in Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, East Timor, Malaysia and India. Males have five bands, females four.
Plumbago is a genus of 10-20 species of flowering plants which are native to southern Africa, central America and southern Asia.
There are over 40 species in the genus which belongs to the Carabidae family. C chaudoiri occurs in Queensland and NSW.
Common Grass Yellow Butterfly
The species is widely distributed, including India, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Zambia and in the northern half of Australia in Queensland New South Wales and South Australia. Wingspan is about 4 cm.
Mating Blue Skimmer Dragonflies
The species occurs throughout Australia extending to Tasmania and in New Guinea and neighbouring islands.
This is a big moth with a wingspan of nearly 10 cm and a robust body. It is found in the tropics of Asia, Africa and Australia.
Lily Caterpillar Moth Larvae
The moth is very pretty. Its wingspan is 4 cm. The species occurs from India to Samoa including Borneo, Guam and Taiwan. In Australia it occurs in Queensland and NSW.
This is an exotic species which is a deadly alternative for certain butterflies to a similar native plant, because it poisons their larvae. Notoriously those of the rare Richmond Birdwing.
Teenage Wood Ducks
This is a family of 10 healthy adolescents and testament to a combination of good fortune and good parenting that so many of them survived. The species is a dabbling duck, is found throughout most of Australia and is the only member of its genus.
The species is found in the Indomalayan and Australasian ecozones. The moth is associated with mangrove habitats. Its wingspan is 4 cm.
The act is secretive. Before separation the female (minus most of one leg) is underneath. The jelly-like mass produced by the male is a spermatophore. It includes a nutritious gel which the female eats to help with egg production.
The species is commonly found in south eastern Australia and the southern portion of the Queensland coastal region. The birds need a habitat which provides sheltering vegetation and are well adapted to urban gardens. The eye-catching blue plumage denotes a breeding male.
Yellow Albatross Butteryfly
The species is known in the far East from Indonesia to Japan and in Australia from Cape York to Victoria with isolated occurrence records in Tasmania and the Northern Territory. Wingspan is 5 cm.
Lemon Migrant Butterfly
This is a male pale form of the species which is found from Madgascar through south east Asia to much of Australia. Wingspan is up to 6 cm.
Blue Tiger Butterflies
The butterfly is found in south east Asia and Australia. It has a wingspan of 70 mm. In Australia 2015 was a year of mass migration to the south (a spectacular sight) for which the species is known.
Lewin's Honeyeater Nest
The beautifully crafted nest contained two chicks. The species inhabits the ranges along Australia's east coast.
The species occurs in coastal regions of Queensland and NSW and has a wingspan of 30 mm.
Edible Jelly Fungus
The fungus grows on rotting wood. It is widely distributed in Asia and is known from Hawaii, Europe and South America.
Fraser's Banded Snail
I have previously only encountered this species at night. It is quite large with a shell diameter of over 5 cm. The snail occurs in north eastern NSW and south eastern Queensland. Heat from the ground misted the lens in the opening shot.
Grey-headed Flying Foxes
This mega bat is Australia's largest. Adults have an average wing span of 1 metre and can weigh up to 2kg. They occur east of the Great Dividing Range from central Queensland to Adelaide. The camp, straddling a creek, moved from Joalah National Park for perhaps 18 months. In January 2015 we noticed the bats were back, slightly upstream of their previous location. PS By mid August 2015 they had moved away again.
Spiny Leaf Insect
The insect occurs along the coastal regions of Queensland and into northern NSW. The previous specimen I filmed was in a garden in daylight. This one was in rainforest.
Four-barred Swordtail Butterfly
The species occurs along coastal Queensland and in northeastern NSW. Wingspan is up to 53 mm.
Razor Grinder Cicada
This is a newly emerged female in the rainforest. The species is native to eastern Australia.
As of 2014 it is estimated that the Stemonitis genus has 18 species distributed throughout the world, other than in Antarctica. A microscope is required to identify to species level.
False Parasol Mushroom
The mushroom is widespread and highly poisonous, producing gastro-intestinal symptoms.
Northern Evening Darner
This large dragonfly is mainly found in north east New South Wales and south east Queensland.
This is the striking larva of the White-stemmed Acacia Moth. The moth has a wingspan of up to 10cm. It is found in eastern Australia including Queensland, NSW and Victoria. My video of the male and female moths is also on vimeo.
Case Moth Larva
There are 350 named Australian psychid species. Case moth larvae inhabit a silk bag which is covered in debris for protection and camouflage.
According to the UK's Eden Project, Torch Ginger is native to Malesia, a biogeographical region incorporating Indo-malaysia and Australasia.
Lamington Spiny Crayfish (Red Form)
It took 16 years for me to film this crustacean, out for an evening stroll on the path next to Cedar Creek just below Curtis Falls, one warm January night in 2015. The crayfish occurs on the mountain, in Lamington National Park, in the adjacent border ranges and has a length of 130 mm. In its eye-catching blue and white garb it is one of Lamington's most memorable denizens.
The snake is nocturnal, highly venomous, grows to 1 m and is found in eastern Australia from Cape York Peninsula to Victoria. Unlike the first time I filmed this species, the snake was on the move.
The moth mimics a leaf. It is found in Queensland and New South Wales. Wingspan is about 4.5 cm.
The species is distributed across the Indian and South Pacific Oceans. In Australia it occurs in Queensland, the Northern Tarritory and West Australia.
The bird is native to north eastern Australia and is closely related to the Eastern Rosella. It is a ground feeder and nests in hollows of large trees. The video includes an immature male denoted by the red plumage on its head.
Pale Brown Hawk Moth
The moth is found in most of Asia, including Borneo, China and the Philippines. It occurs in tropical and subtropical regions of Australia. The adult grows to a body length of about 70 mm.
I filmed the moth which emerges from its cocoon suspended in a cage made out of the hairs of the caterpillar on 27.11.14. Years ago I filmed the cage in various locations. In 2010 I filmed the caterpillar. The holy grail is to film the caterpillar constructing its cage which apparently has never been done.
The bird is a species of migratory cuckoo, arriving mostly in Queensland and New South Wales in spring from New Guinea, Indonesia and beyond. The female with her more varied colouring and barred plumage is as attractive as the male. The birds in the video are feeding on Bangalow Palm fruit.
Kookaburra in Tree
The bird is known for its laughing crescendo and is native to eastern mainland Australia where it is quite common.
Another of Australia's imposing pigeons. It is found in coastal NSW and Queensland.
The Galah is one of the most abundant and familiar of the Australian parrots, occurring over most of Australia, including some offshore islands. In this part of the world it is more common in lowland areas. The birds were filmed on a very hot day.
The bird is native to the northern parts of Australia in a thick arc from east to west. It is also found in nearby islands of Indonesia and in Papua New Guinea.
In Australia, the moth occurs in Queensland. It is also known from New Guinea and India. The wingspan is 8 cm.
Brown Tree Snake
This aboreal snake is native to eastern and northern coastal Australia, eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and islands in north western Melanesia. It is notorious as the invader which devastated the majority of Guam's native bird species.
Split Gill Fungi
The world's most widely distributed fungus, eaten in some parts of the world, is also one of the strangest with 28,000 distinct sexes. The fungi was growing on a large fallen branch in a garden.
This male was guarding a nest with 3 chicks. The species is found in much of Australia except the far interior and most of the north. It is also found in Indonesia's Papua Province.
Paper Wasp Nest
The wasp is only 10 mm long. The beautifully made nest of saliva mixed with wood fragments is located on a 4 m high cereus cactus. The species occurs in eastern Australia including Tasmania. The large genus is distributed throughout the Afrotropical, Indomalayan and Australasian biogeographical regions.
Aquatic Life in Palm Frond
It is a long time since I posted a 'non species' video. Water collects in numerous easily overlooked places. In rainforest it reveals visible signs of life.
This is the third species of lacewing I have filmed at this location and in some ways the most striking. It is known in New South Wales and Queensland.
Common Eucalypt Longicorn Beetle
This beetle was in rainforest, though its habitat is listed as dry sclerophyll forests and urban areas. It occurs throughout Australia.
Privet Hawk Moth
Years ago I filmed this species on the ground. This Australian moth which occurs in the Northern Territory, Queensland and New South Wales is closely related to a species found in much of tropical south and east Asia. The wingspan ranges from 82 - 138 mm.
Australian Emerald Dragonfly
The expert needed the thumbnail shot to verify the identification because the Tau Emerald is very similar. A feature at the back of the head proved decisive. The story of the filming is remarkable. I saw the dragonfly in a hedge while on my walk. On the off chance I returned with my camera to find it still there and was able to film, for 30 minutes or more, a species renowned for always being in the air.
This is a mature female. It is the third species of net-casting spider I have filmed. The web is made of non-sticky strands. Insects get entangled in its woolly silk.
Pademelon With Joey
This is a Red-legged Pademelon. Although we often hear and see pademelons at night, this is the first one I have been able to film. The bulging pouch reveals the presence of the joey.
For a caterpillar some 6 cm long, the 3 cm wingspan of the adult moth is a bit of a surprise. The species is found in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia.
The plant is a succulent native to the hillsides of the Canary Islands. This is a purple cultivar known as 'Zwartkop'.
The species occurs naturally from Mexico to Colombia and in colours including orange and yellow. Previously I had filmed the orange version. The red and mauve were growing in the same garden which was too good an opportunity to miss.
This is one of 3 we saw in the rock pool below Curtis Falls (more like a trickle after the severe lack of rain). The species occurs widely in Australia, usually grows to 45 cm but can grow to double that length. It weighs up to 7 kg.
Potter Wasp Nest
I filmed the live nest in March 2010 and its degraded state in October 2014. It is hard to comprehend how an insect can construct such an intricate and durable structure.
The bird is generally sedentary and widely distributed in Eastern Australia from Cape York Peninsula to Victoria.
There are 41 species in the genus, distributed throughout Africa, South Asia and Oceania. There are 5 species in Australia.
Earth Star Fungus
This looks like the Collared Earth Star Geastrum triplex. Earth stars are related to puffball fungi.
This is a species of Short-winged Cricket. It was busy with two burrows. The long antennae looked as if they would snap off given the cricket's vigour.
This small bird is not related to the European or American Robins. It occurs east or south of the Great Dividing Range from Queensland to south eastern South Australia.
White-stemmed Acacia Moth
The video shows a male in rainforest at night and a female filmed on a garden gate 10 days later. The species occurs in Queensland NSW and Victoria.
The moth is found in coastal rainforest from south eastern Queensland to southern New South Wales. The wingspan is 70 mm.
The beetle has a brilliant lustre which is only hinted at in this frame. It is found in Queensland, NSW and Victoria.
The moth occurs in New Guinea and in Queensland and northern New South Wales. The two moths in this video are males.
Kookaburra with Snake
This is the second time I have filmed a Kookaburra with a snake in its beak. I once saw a Kookaburra in the middle of the road and feared it was injured. When I got closer I saw that it was bashing a snake against the surface.
Titan Stick Insect
The female of this species can grow to a body length of 300 mm. This specimen is a good 250 mm long. It was eating its discarded skin. The insect is endemic to NSW and Queensland.
Spectacled Monarch Nest
The species occurs in tropical and subtropical lowland and montane forest areas of Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. The bird builds a beautifully formed small cup nest of fine bark, moss, plant fibres and spider webs in the fork of a tree typically 3 m above ground.
This is the second species of Harvestman (an arachnid) we have filmed. It is larger than Neopantopsalis pentheter. Assamiids are found throughout the old world tropics.
Short-eared Possum & Young
These are Australia's heaviest possums, previously known as Mountain Brushtail Possums. They are similar to the Common Brushtail Possum which inhabits lower lying terrain. Their habitat is mainly rainforest or thick vegetation bordering watercourses. Their range is from central coastal Queensland to central coastal NSW.
The fore legs and head have a mantis look. Whereas the large, transparent wings are typically Lacewing. The insect occurs in coastal areas of NSW and south east Queensland.
Striped Marsh Frog
The predominantly aquatic species is common in eastern Australia. This individual was hibernating under a rock near shops, when rudely disturbed for filming.
Funnel-web Spider on Prowl
At just 28 seconds this is the shortest video we have uploaded. The spider is a male on the prowl. The expert thought it most probably Hadronyche infensa, a species very similar to H formidabilis, the Northern Tree Funnel-web, regarded as the world's deadliest spider, which is also found on the mountain.
Supplejack Vine is a climbing plant endemic in tropical and subtropical regions of India, south east Asia, Polynesia and Australia. It is a strong climber and grows up to 15 m tall. A coiled apex of the leaf forms the climbing part of the plant.
This small freshwater fish is found in south eastern Australia from the south east corner of South Australia to south east Queensland.
Swift Ghost Moth
The moth is known from Queensland and NSW. Wingspan ranges from 80-100 mm. The moth has no proboscis since it does not feed and may only last a day. The markings on the fore wing look like wood block shapes as if covered by a green glaze, reminiscent of holding a beautiful Chinese bowl to the light.
It would be challenging to provide a common name for all 22,000 + of Australia's moth species, only half of which have been described. This is the most leaf-like moth I have ever seen. It is found in Queensland and New South Wales.
The genus has 200 species world wide, most of which grow on wood. They are among the most prolific spore producers among gilled mushrooms.
The species occurs throughout Australia (except Tasmania), in Timor, New Guinea, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.
The species is widespread in Australia including Tasmania. It is found in a range of still and flowing water habitats, including temporary waters, which was the case here.
The only recorded sighting of this moth in the Atlas of Living Australia occurred in south east Queensland. It isn't this one.
Poinciana Longicorn Beetle
This large, 60 mm long, broad beetle occurs in rainforest and open forest in eastern Australia. It is Lord Howe Island's largest beetle.
The plant is used as an ornamental vine and fruit crop. Its native origin has not been resolved.
This is the smallest and most widely distributed owl on the Australian mainland. It is also found in southern New Guinea, Timor and the Sunda Islands.
Scientists estimate that there may be as many as 900 species of signal fly in the Australasian region.
Orchard Swallow-tail Butterfly
The butterfly is native to eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea. It is the largest butterfly commonly seen in part of its range. Females have a wingspan of 140 mm, males 120 mm. The butterfly feeds on citrus leaves in suburban gardens.
Moth in Rainforest
The moth closely resembles the Granny's Cloak Moth but for the absence of eye patches. It is found in India, Ceylon, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, from Sundaland eastwards to Australia, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.
Trigona is the largest genus of stingless bees containing approximately 150 species. Stingless bees can be found in most of the world's tropical and subtropical regions such as Australia, Africa, South East Asia, and tropical America.
Pride of Madeira
This is a species of flowering plant native to Madeira. It is a large herbaceous perennial from 1.5 to 2.5 m high with a sizeable flower head covered in blue flowers which are attractive to bees.
Lawyer vine or wait-a-while is a vine-like climbing palm with sharp hooks along its leaf sheath and leaf edge. It is common in the rainforests of north eastern New South Wales and south eastern Queensland.
There are over 600 species of non-jumping wingless crickets worldwide. They are nocturnal and are predators of insects and spiders. Note the extreme length of the antennae.
The fungus is similar to the Crinoline Stinkhorn, but is usually smaller. It is found in Australia, Guam, Sumatra, Java, Borneo, Papua New Guinea, Zaire, and Tobago as well as Hawaii.
Saunder's Case Moth Larva
The moth occurs in eastern Australia including Tasmania. The larva creates a silken shelter which is covered with bits of leaf and short twigs. It lives and pupates within this shelter which is almost as remarkable as the cage built out of its own hairs by the Cyana meyricki larva.
The genus is found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world on fallen branches, as here in rainforest, on trunks and sometimes on fruits.
This is the most common species of the genus in south eastern Queensland. It is a bit more adaptable to drier habitats, though this individual was filmed in rainforest.
Rufous Net-casting Spiders
The spider is native to eastern Australia and Tasmania. I have also filmed this species net-less in daylight on a garage door. This was a bigger specimen with longer legs than those I filmed with net in rainforest at night.
Southern Whitetip Dragonflies
The dragonfly is known to exist in south eastern Queensland and north eastern NSW. The male has a body length of about 60 mm, the female 50 mm.
Pacific Black Ducks
The Pacific Black Duck is a dabbling species found in much of Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand and many islands in the southwestern Pacific.
Black-faced Monarch Nest
This insectivorous bird is found along the entire eastern seaboard of Australia. Typically it builds a deep, cup nest in the fork of a tree 3 to 6 metres above the ground.
This native Australian bird is endemic to eastern Australia. The bird in the video was filmed in subtropical rainforest.
I name this mollusc 'Mountain Semi-slug' because it was first recorded in The Knoll National Park on Tamborine Mountain in 1998 and is not known to exist anywhere else on the planet. All my sightings occurred in Palm Grove National Park between November 2011 and May 2014 and are shown in this video.
Moulting Katydid Nymph
There are more than 6,400 species within this family. Katydids are more closely related to crickets than to grasshoppers. Their antennae may be 2.5 times their body length. This nymph resembles a flying fish out of water, but with legs.
This Australian bird is found in temperate forests and lowland and montane sub-tropical and tropical rainforests.
Gum Moth Laying Eggs
The genus is endemic to Australia. This particular species occurs in Queensland. The moths have a wingspan of 8 cms.
Flame Flatwing Damselfly
The damselflies are found mainly in south eastern Queensland and north eastern NSW. There are ten species known in the genus. This specimen was true to its description in The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia, having been filmed near a rainforest stream.
This moth is settled on lichen on a rock in rainforest. The species is known in coastal Queensland and NSW. The moth is also known in Fiji. Wingspan is 4 cm.
There are 85 described species of Australian earwigs in 7 families. It is reckoned that there are probably 3 times that number in the country although only 10% of the genera are endemic.
Scrub Turkey Chick
Scrub Turkey chicks are abandoned by their parents as soon as they hatch. They are born with flight feathers which allows them to roost on a tree branch on the day they hatch.
The genus contains 20 species and has a wide distribution. According to the Atlas of Living Australia, C longipes occurs along the Queensland coast.
The snake is nocturnal, highly venomous, grows to 1m and is found in eastern Australia from Cape York Peninsula to Victoria.
Grey Goshawk Nest
The nest was high in a gum tree. The species, a medium-sized bird of prey with a wingspan between 70 and 110 cm, inhabits forests, tall woodland and timbered water courses. The bird is found along the coasts of northern, eastern and south eastern Australia, Tasmania, only rarely in West Australia and in New Guinea and adjacent islands.
The expert thought the video could show 2 species, based on one of the juveniles. The adult males are thinner than the females but have thicker front legs.
Fraser's Banded Snail
The snail is slightly larger than a commonn garden snail. Very little is known of its natural history, although we regularly encounter it during our night filming in rainforest. It is found in north eastern NSW and southern Queensland.
The expert was only able to identify the millipede to its family because siphinotid taxonomy has not yet been done. The millipede belongs to the order Polyzoniida, one of two orders of sucking millipedes with beaks instead of chewing mouthparts.
Red Triangle Slugs
This is Australia's largest land slug and can grow to 14cm. The species is found in eastern Australia, mostly in New South Wales and Queensland. The slugs appear in a variety of colours including white, yellow, orange, pink, red and olive green.
The bird is found in open woodland, parks and gardens in northern and eastern Australia and southern New Guinea. It is the only member of its genus.
Northern Rivers Tree Snail
The strikingly beautiful snail is found in south east Queensland and north east New South Wales. This snail was crawling on a rock.
A minor worker of one of Australia's biggest ants. They are solitary foragers and mainly inhabit rainforest.
Paperbark Sawfly Larvae
The larvae look like caterpillars. The insects are closely related to wasps. There are about 200 known species of Sawfly in Australia.
Pink Glass Snail
The snail is endemic to Australia.The Atlas of Living Australia's only mapped occurrence is just over the Queensland border in New South Wales. This video shows examples filmed in subtropical rainforest by day and by night.
White-banded Noctuid Moths
The moth is endemic to Queensland and New South Wales. The wingspan is 5 cm.
There are 8 described species in this widely distributed genus. Most are edible and grown commercially. The weevil belongs to the Curculionidae family.
The frog grows to 45 mm. The one in the video is a sub-adult. The species is found in eastern Australia from northern Cape York in Queensland to Gosford in New South Wales.
Curculionidae, the true weevils, are a large family of tens of thousands of species.
Yellow Carabeens can grow to 55 m high. They are native to the subtropical rainforests of south east Queensland and north east New South Wales. The tree's plank buttresses, a distinguishing feature, can grow to a height of 7 m.
Blue Garden Flatworm
The flatworm's native range is eastern Australia and New Zealand, although it has been accidentally introduced to a number of southern States in the USA and in Iowa. It is found in moist forest areas.
The moth is found in the southern half of Australia from south east Queensland through to West Australia. The video features specimens filmed in daylight and at night.
The Short-beaked Echidna is one of four living species of echidna and the only one of its genus. The species is found throughout Australia and in southwestern New Guinea. It grows to 45 cm in length and weighs between 2 and 5 kg.
The frog is native to south east Queensland and much of eastern New South Wales. It grows to about 50 mm long.
The snake is found from central New South Wales to south east Queensland on the east coast and adjacent ranges. Although venomous, it is not regarded as dangerous to humans. It grows between 50 and 75 cm long.
The frog is endemic in north eastern New South Wales and south east Queensland. In Queensland it is listed as Vulnerable. It inhabits streams in rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest at elevations from 200 m to 1,000 m.
Richmond River Keeled Snail
Most large land snails have round shells. This species is noted for its conical shell which is 50 mm in diameter. Tamborine Mountain's rainforest is one of its strongholds. At the start of the video this individual had an ant in attendance.
The expert who identified the flatworm said it was one of the largest specimens he had ever seen. It was filmed on a substantial tree just inside rainforest.
Australian Fig Beetle
Little information is available about this Australian beetle which I have encountered a number of times by day and by night.
Razor Grinder Cicada
This large cicada is native to eastern Australia and is common in Brisbane, though this is the only one I have seen on Tamborine Mountain. Most of the cicadas I film are Green Grocer Cicadas and to a lesser extent, Bladder Ciacadas. The forewing measures up to 55 mm.
The bird was roosting at the edge of rainforest. Note her clenching and unclenching of her feet. The Australasian Figbird occurs in wooded habitats of northern and eastern Australia, southern Papua New Guinea and Indonesia's Kai Islands.
Grey-headed Flying Foxes
This megabat, Australia's largest, with an average wingspan of 1 m, can weigh up to 1 kg. It is found east of the Great Dividing Range from central Queensland to Victoria and occurs in South Australia. The bats in the video were camping high up in rainforest. Their conservation status is of concern in every state other than Queensland.
A Harvestman is an arachnid with an unsegmented body, but 8 legs. The species, which is found in Queensland and NSW, was first described in 2009. The male's pincers or chelicerae, are sexual organs many times its body length. Its legs can stretch to 100mm, whereas the body is 3mm long, or less. The video also shows a female. All the specimens I have filmed were in rainforest.
Mating Lady Beetles
Leaf-eating lady beetles are widely regarded as pests. There was no evidence of this in the location where I filmed this pair.
Eculypt Leaf Beetle
The species feeds on eucalypts and accacia and occurs along coastal eastern Australia and inland in Victoria.
Juvenile Eastern Water Dragon
The water dragon is the only species of the genus Intellagama and occurs along coastal eastern Australia.
Female Scale Insect
There are some 8,000 described species of scale insects, most of which are parasites of plants. The monophlebidae are the giants of the scale insects with more genera found in the tropics than elsewhere. This female is about 20mm long.
Gorgon Stick Insect
The species occurs in NSW and Queensland. The one in the video is a male. Stick Insects inhabit the canopy. The male could not have found better camouflage so close to the ground.
Northern Evening Darner
The dragonfly is described as intranational on a Queensland government website and as occurring in Queensland and NSW by the Atlas of Living Australia.
Spiny Leaf Insect
The species is endemic to Australia. When I first filmed this specimen its head was pointing to the ground. Filming it later in the day in the same bush, its head pointed to the sky. I have seen an example coloured green and looking 3 dimensional compared with the one in the video.
Australian Wood Ducks
This dabbling duck is widely distributed in Australia including Tasmania and is the only living species in its genus. Dabbling ducks feed at the water surface rather than diving for food. This pair opted for a temporary water body produced by a storm activated spring and run off from heavy rain to raise their 10 ducklings.
Lichen Moth Larva
The great challenge is to film the larva making the cage out of its own hairs in which it will pupate. The species occurs in Queensland and NSW.
The Atlas of Living Australia's occurrence record for the species shows that it is confined to coastal south east Queensland.
This nocturnal and partly arboreal Australian rodent occurs along Queensland's east coastal region and northern NSW.
The expert I consulted only had 100 Geometridae caterpillar species on his website, out of 1200+ moth species in the family. The caterpillar in the video was not among the 100.
The bird is endemic in Australia, including Tasmania and southern New Guinea. Although owl-like, the bird is not an owl.
Cave crickets are known for their long antennae and hind legs. The Raphidophoridae occur world wide, with only 1 species in Africa and none in Madagascar.
The scrappy, indeed crappy nest, with 5 young, was placed on top of a security alarm outside a real estate office. This native bird breeds in southern and eastern Australia, wintering in northern Australia.
Morchella, the true morels, is a genus of widely distributed edible mushrooms belonging to a family, Morchellaceae, with 49 species. These fungi have pushed their way through a loose gravel drive.
Occurring in eastern Australia and generally regarded as day active, this female tending her egg sac was one of two or three in close proximity in rainforest.
Bladder Cicadas are found in Queensland and New South Wales.The cicada can grow to 5 cm long. It is noted for its large abdomen which is hollow and amplifies its call, hence bladder.
Giant King Cricket
These large insects, closely related to New Zealand's Weta, are only found in the subtropical rainforest of south east Queensland and north east New South Wales. We regularly encounter them at night.
I was filming a vine thicket when I saw the skink out of the corner of my eye. It is the most common skink I encounter in Tamborine Mountain's subtropical rainforest, particularly at night.
The mushroom commonly grows in wood chips in various parts of the world. These fungi were growing on the rainforest floor.
Also known as the Wompoo Fruit Dove, the species is one of the largest pigeons in its range, comprising Australia and New Guinea. It is also one of the most spectacular with its bright plumage.
The Common Paper Wasp occurs throughout Australia in colonies of up to 20 individuals. The nest was located beneath the top rail of a metal fence, next to a post. It is built out of a mixture of the wasps' own saliva and wood.
A native of central America and related to the poinsettia, Snow Flake is found in the warmer regions of Australia within a few hundred kilometres from the coast.
Fallen Bark Looper Moth
An Australian moth which occurs in the south eastern quarter of the country. This moth was able to withstand extreme wind gusts.
The bird occurs in western, northern and eastern Australia in a range of habitats from mangroves to eucalypt woodlands. Honeyeaters are mainly found in Australia and New Guinea.
Stephen's Banded Snake
The Stephen's Banded Snake is nocturnal, venomous and potentially dangerous. The bands can be black and grey or there may be no bands at all. The snake is endemic to coastal south east Queensland and north east NSW.
Short-eared Brushtail Possum
This is Australia's heaviest possum and can weigh up to 4 kg. It used to be known as the Mountain Brushtail Possum.
The moth occurs in New Guinea and in the northern half of eastern Australia. The wingspan is typically 140mm.
The plants are chiefly Mexican, but also are native to southern and western US and tropical and central South America. The plants are perennial, but each rosette flowers once then dies.
32 Spotted Katydid
The male's body length is 65mm. The number of wing spots may vary. This katydid was filmed on the window of a bank.
Glossy Turban Snail
The full name is Glossy Turban Carnivorous Snail. It eats earth worms and other snails. It is found in northern NSW and south east Queensland. The animal has a cream stripe on the back of the neck.
Bush rats are widely distributed in Australia's coastal areas from north Queensland to south western West Australia. I filmed this specimen because it was trapped in the spotlight's beam between tree roots.
Various sources ascribe between 350 and about 900 species in the genus. The plant is native to the tropical Americas and West Indies. The specimens in Australia, some Pacific Islands, Africa and Asia were either introduced or are escapes.
The eel in the rock pool 500m up on the mountain started life in the ocean off New Caledonia, some 1500 km away. Among the eel's amazing attributes is its ability to adapt between fresh and salt water.
The plant is a perennial found in the eastern states of Australia including Tasmania. It grows to about 1m high. It is known for its indigo berries.
Glossy Black Cockatoos
This is the smallest of Australia's black cockatoos. It is found in open forest and woodland in eastern Australia from north Queensland to Victoria. It is listed as vulnerable in Queensland. The male is black with red tail patches. The female has flecks of yellow in its collar.
Scarab Beetles & Leaf Beetle
The scarab beetles belong to the chafer group and are often referred to as Green Scarab Beetles, which could equally apply to others in the group. The leaf beetle's common name is the Pittosporum Leaf Beetle
Giant Panda Snail
This is Australia's largest land snail. Its shell can attain a height of 100mm. It occurs in subtropical NSW and Queensland. Its western limit is the Great Dividing Range. It lives on the forest floor and feeds on the fruiting bodies of certain fungi.
Lily Caterpillar Moth
The caterpillar is considered a pest. It feeds on clivias and spider lilies. I filmed the moth on a window frame in a shopping centre.
The insect occurs in various parts of the world. In Australia it occurs in an arc from south east Queensland via Tasmania to eastern South Australia.
The fungi were filmed in rainforest. Unlike most coprinoid mushrooms, this species does not dissolve into black goo.
The snake is endemic to Australia and is found from coastal to outback regions. It is nocturnal, grows to 50-60cm and its venom is weak and not regarded as dangerous to humans.
This orchid was filmed in rainforest, in the clearing created by a fallen Strangler Fig Tree. From the forest floor subsoil, the leafless orchid climbs several metres up the trunk of the host tree. The orchid is native to Papua New Guinea, Queensland and NSW.
Giant Water Spiders
The spiders occur in eastern Australia at the edge of slow moving streams and rivers. Their length, including legs, is greater than a large man's hand span. They can pierce the water in search of frogs or fish. They also prey on insects.
This is quite a large moth with a wing span of up to 110mm. The hind wing is yellow. I have twice filmed the moth in rainforest at night.
Macrocybe species occur in tropical areas. M crassa is native to Queensland. The fungi were filmed on 3 occasions in just short of 4 weeks. On the 2nd visit a storm was brewing and the contrast between the clear low angle zoom of the stems on the first visit and the steamy micro climate view as the storm gathered is most instructive.
White Bat Plant
The White Bat Plant belongs to the yam family. It is found in south east Asia and from eastern India to southern China. The plant was growing in a friend's garden. He prided himself on his specimen being superior to the ones growing in one of the UK's national show gardens.
The orchid occurs in sub-saharan Africa, but not southern Africa, in Asia from India and Nepal through to Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, New Guinea and Queensland and NSW. These orchids were growing at the edge of rainforest next to a road.
In the high altitude areas around Brisbane, Spangled Drongos arrive to breed in late Spring and leave in early to mid Summer. The bird's distinguishing feature is its long, forked and out-curved tail.
Bronze Orange Bug
Bronze Orange Bugs are large stink bugs with a body length of 25mm. The bugs infest citrus trees and are a favourite food of Spangled Drongos.
The bird is noted for its singing. It is of medium size and occurs in New Guinea and most parts of Australia. The nest was built on a bedroom widow ledge.
The Feathertail is the smallest of Australia's 6 species of Glider. The size of a very small mouse, it can glide up to 25m. Gliders are possums with a membrane between fore and hind legs which allows them to glide. The prehensile tail helps to steer the Glider and acts as a brake. This nearly mature female was was found lost on the ground.
Juvenile Pale-headed Rosella
The juvenile resembles the Eastern Rosella thanks to the red on its head. It is native to eastern Australia.
The Eastern Spinebill is a species of honeyeater which is a Winter visitor to the mountain. It is native to eastern Australia from Cooktown to eastern South Australia.
Golden Orb Spider
Nephila spiders are the oldest surviving genus with a fossilized specimen known from 165 million years ago. Golden Orb-weaving Spiders, occur worldwide and are known for their size and their large webs. Aggregations occur every few years in the Autumn. The female is vastly bigger than the male.
These fungi were filmed in rainforest. The species occurs worldwide. The spores are ejected through the vent in the cap.
White-stemmed Gum Moth
This large moth, with a wingspan up to 160mm, is found in Australasia. This one was filmed near an ATM which used to attract a variety of moths.
White Looper Moth
The moth occurs in the Philippenes, Sulawesi and from the Moluccas to Queensland. When I first saw it I thought it was a patch of lichen.
The plant is a Mexican and central American native and a favourite Christmas gift pot plant in the UK. I marvel at the contrast between what I was familiar with before I came direct from London to Tamborine Mountain.
Straw-necked Ibises occur in New Guinea, parts of Indonesia and widely in Australia, though not in parts of West and South Australia. White Ibises prevail on the coast but do not frequent the mountain.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos are large birds, occurring in wooded habitats in Australia and New Guinea, often in large numbers. They are popular pets and can be demanding.
[taxonomy:binomial=]Eolophus roseicapilla [taxonomy:family=]Cacatuidae The bird is endemic in almost all parts of mainland Australia. Their numbers on the mountain are quite restricted compared with the surrounding country.
I filmed the ant column a month after the pest controller was contacted to deal with the ants. They were swarming on the outside of the house and had taken over the kitchen. I filmed the column at the front and back of the house.
The Pacific Heron is found in much of Australia and New Guinea. It is the largest heron to visit the mountain.
Juvenile Crimson Rosellas
At first glance the juvenile looks a bit like an Eastern Rosella with its yellow colouring which disappears in the mature bird. The rosellas are native to eastern Australia and have been introduced in New Zealand and Norfolk Island.
In common with many Australian pigeons,Wongas are large birds. They are ground feeders in forest areas, walking tracks and gardens in eastern Australia from Central Queensland to Gippsland in Victoria.
Columnar Cereus cacti grow as stand alone plants, epiphytic Cereus cacti grow on host plants. This cactus from the Americas, is probably growing on the mountain as vigorously as it would in its native climes.
This is a clumping bamboo, meaning it does not send out runners for several metres before sprouting a new shoot. It is of Indian origin and can grow to 25 m.
Calvatia is a genus of puffball mushrooms which includes the spectacular giant puffball. It can grow to 50cm in diameter
The genus includes some of the most commonly cultivated edible mushrooms in the world. Pleurotus may be laterally attached with no stem.
Most coprinoid mushrooms have black spore prints and gills that liquify. They assist in the decomposition of wood, dung and forest litter.
[taxonomy:binomial=Robinia pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’] The tree is a native of south eastern USA, but has been naturalized in many parts of the world including Australia. It is considered an invasive species in some areas. I was captivated by the resonance of its colours.
The genus is native to central America and northern South America. The cactus is closely related to the night blooming and dragon fruit producing species. This cactus is at home on a Jacaranda Tree.
The tree is native to rainforests in north Queensland. This particular specimen is an object lesson in biodiversity. Its heady scent attracting clouds of insects to feed on its nectar.
Formerly classified as fungi, the world's 900 plus species of slime mould occur in a variety of colours.
Native to China, Golden Bamboo is hard to control because it sends out runners for several metres before sprouting a new shoot.
This woody shrub is found in eastern Australia from Victoria to northern Queensland. As a shrub it grows to a bit over 2 m tall, as a tree, to 6 m.
In Australia the fungus is found in NSW and Queensland. It is also one of the most common fungi in the northern forests of the world.
This Australian palm, which can grow 20 m tall, flourishes on the mountain. One of its national parks is called Palm Grove. The fruit is attractive to a variety of birds.
Flooded Gum Tree
This huge tree has lost a substantial portion of its crown. Its height can be gauged by the figure well forward and to the right of the trunk. Flooded gums grow to 50 m, with the largest exceeding 80 m.
The video shows a bloom opening and closing during the course of several hours. It shows the ravages of insect infestation which affected the entire tree.
Stag Horn Fern
The fern is native to north eastern New South Wales and Queensland and can also be found in parts of Malaysia. The fern develops a nest up to 1 m wide, which traps falling detritus and converts this to nutrients.
Bird's Nest Fern
This plant was growing in the ground, as many ferns of this species do on the mountain. They are epiphytic and spectacular, though not as intimately visible, when growing in trees.
The plant originates in Ethiopia's south western highlands and is believed to have been cultivated for well over 1,000 years.
Schlumbergera is a small genus of cacti with 6 species found in the coastal mountains of south eastern Brazil, but its cultivars flourish in many parts of the world, such as this vigorous plant in the mountain's coffee plantation.
Grass trees are endemic to Australia where there are 28 species, with 3 species recorded on Tamborine mountain.
This thorny plant is a subtropical species and occurs close to the coast in Queensland and New South Wales.
Bunya Pine Cone
The Bunya Pine is native to south east Queensland and grows to 45 m. The cones are the heaviest of any and can weigh as much as 10kg. The cone in the video weighed 6.42kg.
Australia has its own species of rhododendron, though most of the 1,000 species in this genus are native to the Himalayas.
There several hundred species of hibiscus throughout the warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions of the world.
As the name suggests, the plant is native to Taiwan. It has escaped from gardens and become naturalised from southern Queensland to Victoria, usually growing along roadside verges.
[taxonomy:binomial=]Pennisetum purpureum [taxonomy:family=]Poaceae The grass is native to tropical sub-Saharan Africa and naturalised in coastal Queensland and north eastern New South Wales. It is grown as a wind break, though it is regarded as a weed.
The species is widely distributed in tropical regions. In common with other Stinkhorns, its spores are distributed by flies. Having filmed Stinkhorns on numerous occasions, I am fortunate that I have never encountered the rank stench for which these fungi are notorious.
For my video biodiversity project, I select from whatever grows or moves on Tamborine Mountain, ie both introduced and native species because they all find a home there.
Green Tree Snake
The snake was filmed in early Spring. Its home was a brick barbecue which had been lit only a few days before the filming as evidenced by the ashes blown by the breeze.
A vulnerable, subtropical rainforest tree which grows to a height of 8 metres. It is found in south east Queensland and north east New South Wales.
An insectivorous bird found in eastern and south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania.
The adult female, found on a Standard Poodle, was moderately engorged. The tick occurs in a narrow band along the east coast of Australia, particularly in areas of high rainfall. It can prove fatal to household pets and make humans feel ill.
This forest-dwelling bird is endemic to eastern Australia. I filmed this male enjoying the water during a prolonged drought.
This small, insectivorous bird, occurs widely in Australia and in New Guinea, and on neighbouring islands.
Green Grocer Cicada
Distributed in east coastal regions of the southern half of Australia, it is one of the world's loudest insects.
Many people hear the bird's distinctive whip-cracking call without ever seeing it. The bird is insectivorous and native to the east coast of Australia.
This spectacular, ground-feeding parrot is native to eastern Australia and Tasmania.
White-browed Scrub Wren
This insectivorous bird inhabits undergrowth and is found in coastal areas of Australia. I have filmed it roosting in rainforest.
Spinning Top Fungi
The fungus is found on rotting wood in the Australasian, Asian and African tropics, but is absent in the American tropics. All but the last group of fungi are young fruiting bodies.
The fungus grows in grass and is found in eastern coastal Queensland and coastal New South Wales.
Wandering Whistling Ducks
The species is found in tropical and subtropical Australia, Borneo, the Philippines, Indonesia, PNG and the Pacific Islands.
The bird can be found in Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea and the Solomon Islands where it inhabits rainforest, wet forest, swamp woodland and mangroves.
Saint Andrew's Cross Spider
The spider is endemic to coastal regions from central NSW to southern Queensland.
White Spider Lilies
This is an introduced species. It is native to coastal regions of southern Mexico and Central America.
The bird is endemic to eastern Australia. It is found in tropical and subtropical moist lowland forest.
The bird is native to eastern Australia. Birds from south western Australia have been shown to be a different species.
The bird is native to eastern and south eastern Australia and is in the honeyeater family.
Pale-headed Rosellas are moderately sized ground-feeding parrots endemic to northeastern Australia.
Male & Female King Parrots
Ranging from northern and central Queensland to southern Victoria, they occur in upland forest regions.
The species occurs in northern and eastern Australia, southern New Guinea and Indonesia's Kai Island.
As its name suggests, this is a small snake, only growing to about 25cms. It occurs along eastern Australia, is mildly venomous and not dangerous to people.
At the time of filming this was a rare visitor to the mountain. It is widely found in the world's warmer areas.
An edible fungus found in the world's tropical regions. It has long been used in Chinese medicine and features in Nigerian folklore.
[taxonomy:binomial=Cymatoderma elegans var. lamellatum] The fungi were all filmed in rainforest.
The Australian species is closely related to a slightly smaller Indonesian and Papua New Guinea species.
Identifying millipedes is tricky at the best of times. Two experts confirmed that there was no way of identifying the millipedes in this video.
This species is pending a name change and slight taxonomic revision. It occurs in eastern Australia from Victoria to Queensland .
Painted Lady Butterfly
The group of butterflies to which this species belongs enjoys world wide distribution.
Australian Admiral Butterfly
Also known as the Yellow Admiral, this species is native to Australia and New Zealand.
Garden Orb-weaver Spider
A common and widely distributed spider in eastern Australia which varies in size. The web of the largest specimens can be a metre across or more.
Macleay's Swallowtail Butterfly
The butterfly is widely distributed in eastern Australia and is the only swallowtail found in Tasmania.
Australian Monarch Butterfly
Also known as the Wanderer, the species in North America is well known for its massive and lengthy migrations.
Juvenile Satin Bowerbirds
The second bowerbird appears late in the video. However, much of the footage from which the video was compiled shows the two male juveniles attending the bower.
Blue Triangle butterfly
The species occurs in South and South East Asia and the eastern tropical and subtropical seaboard of Australia.
This is a species of Bowerbird found in subtropical forests along the east coast of Australia. Its call resembles a cat miaowing.
Masked Lapwing with chicks
The species nests on the ground and the adults do their best to keep potential predators away from the chicks.
The insects are attracted to this Iresine plant. The species is present in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.
Spiny Rainforest Katydid
The spectacular Spiny Rainforest Katydid occurs in rainforest in northern New South Wales and South East Queensland, although this individual was filmed in a garden near rainforest.
The species occurs throughout most of Australasia, including Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and New Zealand.
The species is native to eastern Africa from North to South and to Israel and Yemen. It is a naturalised species in Queensland and New South Wales, in Argentina and parts of Brazil.
Orchard Swallowtail Caterpillars
This large butterfly occurs in eastern Australia and Papua New Guinea.
Huntsman Spider with Exoskeleton
A good opportunity to see a Grey Huntsman Spider with its discarded skin. Huntsman Spiders are widely distributed throughout Australia.
This is a large and aggressive Australian species with a very painful sting. Of the almost 90 named species of Myrmecia, all but one occur in Australia.
Flame Tree is a name given to several different species of tree in various parts of the world. This tree is native to subtropical regions along Australia’s east coast.
In subtropical eastern Australia, Giant Centipedes grow to 160 mm. Its bite can be extremely painful.
Leech on Carpet Python
The sleeping python is oblivious to the futile attempts of a persistent leech to penetrate its skin. In the end, the leech fell off and gave up.
Some of the Tree Ferns in Australia are amongst the tallest of their kind in the world. This species is a native of eastern Australia and Tasmania.
This Australian spider contrives to inhabit a leaf which it curls using its silk. Sometimes no web but only a suspended leaf is visible.
This large lizard can at times be mistaken for a Blue-tongued Lizard, to which it is related. Its range is from west of Sydney to Cairns.
Another large Australian species, recently renamed. It occurs from just over the South East Queensland border, north along the coast to Arnhem land.
Lepidozamia Fruiting Cone
This cycad is a descendant of a plant which may have dominated the planet’s vegetation 200 million years ago. The cones can be nearly a metre long and weigh 45 kg.
This bird has a nest with 2 young. The Brush or Little Wattlebird is a honeyeater with an unmistakable call.
Most commonly seen in flocks of 10 to 20 individuals, the finch is common from Brisbane to Melbourne, with sub-species in South Australia and in northern Queensland.
Red Velvet Mite
Considered large for a mite, it is about 3mm long. This specimen was in the rainforest. The Red Velvet Mite is my living logo.
One of the largest skinks, it can grow to 60cm or more. The species ranges from north of the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales to near Maleny in Queensland.
Eastern Water Dragon
Filmed on the deck of a cafe next to a creek. Males can grow to a metre and weigh 1 kg. The species is native to eastern Australia from Victoria to North Queensland.
Male and female birds, with 2 juvenile males, one just starting to acquire his male colouring. The number of mature males in one spot is remarkable.
The hare is native to Europe and western Asia. Australia is one of many countries round the world where the hare has been introduced.
Native Climbing Orchid
The orchid is pollenated by a small native bee and grows on a variety of trees up to 6 metres from the ground. It was later destroyed by a deliberately lit fire.
The smallest of the macropods in a clearing next to the rainforest. I have also filmed its close relative, the Red-legged Pademelon. They are only found in parts of Queensland and New South Wales.
Yellow Carabeen Tree
These large rainforest trees have plate roots which can be seven to eight meters high and more than two meters broad at the base.
Moreton Bay Fig Tree
If this were the Leaning Tower of Pisa, it would be a heap of rubble on the ground. Alas, the up to 818 mm rainfall of ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, from 25 to 29 January 2013, uprooted perhaps the mountain’s grandest tree.
The birds are tending a nest which is balanced on a horse hame in a large machinery shed.
Titan Stick Insect
The Titan is Australia’s longest insect. Females can grow to 300 mm. This specimen is nowhere near as large. Stick Insects usually inhabit the rainforest canopy.
Green Tree Frog
The frog is native to northern and eastern Australia and southern PNG, with introduced populations in New Zealand and the United States. This individual appears to pre-date the cobwebs on the garage door.
A large skink which can attain a length of 600 mm and is common in northern and eastern Australia. The lizard was being harassed by magpies who evidently perceived it as a threat.
False Garden Mantis
This is one of the most common species of mantis in Australia. Females reach a length of 70 mm, males, 50 mm. The mantis was filmed on a large tree in the middle of a traffic island.
Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo
A large bird with a powerful beak, useful for extracting wood boring grubs which form part of its diet. The species ranges from central Queensland to southeastern South Australia and is protected by CITES. This bird was biting through the end of the branch on which it was perched.
This is one of a number of potentially deadly venomous snakes which occur on the mountain, but are rarely encountered.
The snake’s venom is among the world’s most potent. Although the snake occurs in Queensland, there was some doubt as to whether this included the mountain. A 2009 night time sighting in MacDonald National Park, confirmed its presence.
Impatiens Hawk Moth Caterpillar
A large and colourful caterpillar of a large brown moth which occurs from India to Japan to Australia via countries in between.
First described in 1820, the bird is found in woodland in eastern Australia. On the mountain their numbers have declined over the past decade or so thanks to the ascendant Rainbow Lorrikeets.
The video includes a worm about 1 metre long, unearthed by an excavator digging a hole for an in-ground water tank. For some reason, the worms no longer regularly emerge from their flooded burrows after heavy rain.
Queensland Bottle Tree
This striking Queensland native is endemic beyond the Great Dividing Range in central and western areas south of the Tropic of Capricorn. The trunk, used for water storage, can swell to amazing proportions.
Orange-eyed Tree Frogs
This medium-sized frog grows to 65 mm and is found from north of Sydney to mid-northern Queensland. Its unmistakable, loud, two- part rhythmic call is heard on warm, damp, nights in Summer.
Mating Garden Orb Spiders
I filmed this intimate encounter in torchlight through my kitchen window. The female is very large, reflected in the size of her web, about 1 metre across.
Australian Magpie Preening
The Australian bird is very different to its namesake in Europe and has a liltingly melodious song. It is native to New Guinea and Australia, where it is common and well adapted to human habitation.
Goanna on a hot tin roof
The Lace Monitor paced around the roof before jumping off the 6 foot back wall of the building.
Goliath Stick Insect
Although not as long as the Titan, the Goliath is heavier. This individual is near as big as they grow. The Goliath can be found throughout Australia except for Victoria.
Tussock Moth caterpillar in an odd location
The odd location is an Australia Post letterbox. It is advisable to assume that skin contact with hairy caterpillars will be unpleasant.
Turkey versus Goanna
The Scrub Turkey and Lace Monitor are competing for picnic scraps in the Knoll National Park.
Male Satin Bowerbird
This mature male Satin Bowerbird is tending his bower within 3 meters of a house on Tamborine Mountain.
Looking out for the overlooked
Flora and fauna including a Koala, grass, a Scrub Turkey mound gathering and building, moths, tangled vines; and possums, spiders, an eel, a snake and a roosting Azure Kingfisher in the rainforest at night.
An Australian Hornet, in reality a Potter Wasp and its remarkable nest in a totally surprising location.
The male builds and maintains his mound which can contain up to 4 tons of material, gathered from a radius of some 30 metres.
These vines occur in sub-tropical rainforest. Tamborine Mountain has over 100 species of vines and creepers.
Pademelons are the smallest of the macropods. These were filmed in a garden next to rainforest.
A fly, Lacewing, ant, Brown Huntsman Spider, cricket, moulting cicada, beetle and Lady Bug. The cicada nymph died while moulting. One could never have noticed it in daylight.
This is a Black-spotted Semi-slug. There isn't a lot of information online about this amazing creature, but it flourishes in Tamborine Mountain's small national parks.
All the lichens in this video are on one large rainforest rock. It is easy to forget that lichens are living things.
The whereabouts of Koalas on Tamborine Mountain are generally kept secret to protect them from being disturbed. .
This video is a meditation on grass:its beauty, its everydayness and its vital importance for life on earth.
Anemone stinkhorn fungus
Seeing is believing. A fungus with tentacles! It's spores are distributed by flies.
Night Life 01
A Granny's Cloak Moth, a White-brow Hawk Moth, a Polydesmid Centipede and a Brown Huntsman Spider.
New to science
A fresh-water turtle named after Tamborine Mountain herpetologist Marcus Dorse, seen here holding his namesake.
Golden orb spiders, which can be as big as the span of an adult human hand, aggregating in greater numbers than last season, at the same location next to a main road on Tamborine Mountain. Aggregations may not recur for several years.
A Pretty-face Wallaby feasting in the lush subtropical vegetation in the grounds of the Convention Centre on Tamborine Mountain.