Monthly Archives: November 2016

Fearsome fangs

I was sorting out stuff in my laundry this morning. It’s open to the outside so I guess it’s no surprise that this fellow should be in a bucket. It was quite assertive, rearing up backwards in classic striking position. … Continue reading

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Antechinus and swamp rat

Friend Prue has kindly sent me photos of a couple of her native neighbours – the antechinus and the swamp rat. This antechinus is the yellow-footed or brown or dusky species. All three species live in her area of the … Continue reading

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Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island citizen science insect expedition (part 4)

Day 5 Even after a full day yesterday, half the group were up for more walking and went with Bryan up Malabar and Kim’s Lookout to catch flies. Meanwhile back at the lodge, it was time for more lab work … Continue reading

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Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island citizen science insect expedition (part 3)

Day 4 After breakfast, we were boated over to North Bay, a place I’d somehow missed on my last trips. Ranger Darcie Bellanto is overseeing an unfunded project to count sooty tern nests, so we leant her our people power. … Continue reading

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Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island citizen science insect expedition (part 2)

Day 3 It rained heavily but briefly in the night, but the day was another glorious fine and sunny one. Bryan Lessard took a group up the Goat House to place malaise traps for catching passing insects over the next … Continue reading

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Australian Geographic Lord Howe Island citizen science insect expedition (part 1)

To paraphrase Orson Welles, I don’t know much about insects, but I know what I like. If I knew more, I suspect I would like them even more. Both massively useful and massively destructive, they fascinate me with their different … Continue reading

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Balgowan now

I wrote about my family beach shack on York Peninsula, South Australia, here. It still exists and is one of many built in the 1950s by (usually) the husband of a family and used regularly by the family for holidays. … Continue reading

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