Friday, 10 February 2017

White-faced Heron and a Mole Cricket

1. White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

The White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) is found throughout Australia as well as Indonesia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and New Zealand.

( White-faced heron  - Click the play button)

2.  Mole Cricket - Gryllotalpa sp and its Chirping Call
Well it's not all birds and furry animals around here. I like the creepy crawlies too. These alien like Mole crickets spend most of their lives underground and are heard more often than seen. They will sometimes come to the surface after heavy rain or you might come across one while digging in the garden. In summer, at dusk, you can hear them chirping from their underground burrows. The opening of the burrow actually amplifies the sound. Most are omnivorous.   This one is of the genus Gryllotalpa. The sound recording in the background is of a mole cricket calling from its underground burrow. I was testing out my new Zoom H4n Pro Mic. If the sound annoys you just turn it down :-)

(Mole cricket - Click the play button)

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  1. Hello, I enjoyed your videos. Being a bird lover, the heron was my favorite. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. I am amazed to constantly see a new kind of heron on these bird memes. How many varieties are there?

    1. 64 apparently. That includes egret and bitterns which are in the same family.

  3. Mole Crickets are remarkable looking beasts - been a while since I have seen one.

    Cheers - Stewart M - New Delhi, India (!)

    1. Thanks. New Deli! You sure get around a bit :-)