Saturday, January 23, 2010

Water dragon

For a while I have known the habitat of an Eastern Water Dragon in the local bushland near Wolli Creek. For a while, the one willow tree in that area was the perfect place to catch the lizard sunbaking. That tree has since crumbled to the ground.

In December I received an email reporting nesting behaviour from a dragon in that area. Essentially, the dragon had been observed digging into the sand near the bank of the creek.

In January, I spotted a juvenile dragon near the nesting site. This location is called, not surprisingly, Dragon Rock!

It seems far too early to be a hatchling from that particular nest so maybe there are more Water Dragons here than we know about.

I have also seen adult Water Dragons at the Henderson Street Weir and in the stormwater drain that we call Turrella Creek.

You can read more about Water dragons on these sites:
Australia Museum
Australian National Botanic Gardens