Author Archives: Joy Window

Mistletoebird

This morning I heard a chirp I hadn’t been aware of for some time, not since the bottlebrush in the backyard died. That tree had been the host of one of Australia’s 90 species of mistletoe (70 are native). Jeremy … Continue reading

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The squirrel glider, the sally wattle and the tawny frogmouth

There are three protagonists in this story. Andrew (not one of them) has seen a squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) a few times over several nights in the trees (one big eucalypt, one wattle) near the house. It has a particular … Continue reading

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White-throated nightjar

I’ve often heard this bird at home at night and wondered what it could be. A combination of “The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife: Cuckoos, Kingfishers, Nightbirds of Australia” (edited by Strahan) and Michael Morecombe’s “Birds of Australia” ap … Continue reading

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Border Ranges World Heritage Area

A visitor from Sydney was a good excuse to go up to the Border Ranges. We also invited a friend from Lismore and the four of us set off by car. At the start of the usual access road to … Continue reading

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“We’re made of star stuff”

… said astronomer Carl Sagan. And so “Star Stuff” was an appropriate name for the “festival of the cosmos” in Byron Bay last weekend. It was a beauty, with top-name astronomers, and astrophysicists, astrophotographers and science media personalities on the … Continue reading

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Sharpes Beach fungi

The rain continues on and off. Lismorons (and I mean that in an affectionate way) are a bit over it, but ducks, frogs and fungi are loving it. There’s a newish walking/cycling/jogging/dog- and/or child-walking path through the heath on the … Continue reading

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“In South Australia I was born, heave away, haul away”

… so goes the old sea shanty. My favourite version (which you can hear if you click on the name of the group at right) is that of The Pogues. Last week I was in one of my old stamping … Continue reading

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