Category Archives: Birds

The peregrinating spider

Prue and I went to Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens, whose trees and shrubs have grown tremendously since I first went there. While sauntering along its mossy paths, a movement caught my eye. It was a very fast-moving, colourful little spider. … Continue reading

Posted in Animals on land, Birds, Spiders, Travels | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

A tree of cultural significance

A couple of weeks ago I made a very short trip to Sydney to visit Prue, whom I had met on the subtropical rainforest ecology course in Maleny last year. She was about to embark on a camping trip in … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, Plants, Travels | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Spring low tide at Flat Rock

The rock pools at Flat Rock have been covered in sand for a few months, but gradually the sand is clearing and seaweeds and algae (with associated fauna) are coming back. The lowest tides of the spring give a good … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, The sea, Travels | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Studies in grey

It was a grey old day on the lowest spring tide day at Flat Rock, Ballina, last weekend. But – nudibranchs! (More on them later) Andrew took these shots of seabirds – a pied cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) and a little … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, Travels | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

A jewel of the forest

We were fortunate to come across a noisy pitta (Pitta versicolor) in the Lennox Head headland littoral rainforest recently. We heard something foraging among the leaves and at first thought the sound was of a brush turkey scratching in the … Continue reading

Posted in Animals on land, Birds, Travels | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

How much wood would a wood duck … er … chuck?

Wood ducks (Chenonetta jubata, aka maned ducks) are common birds that hang around water, eating grasses, herbs and the occasional insect. They are so pretty and charming. Males (with the ‘mane’) and females have slightly different plumage (sexually dimorphic). You … Continue reading

Posted in Birds, Travels | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

The love birds

We’ve had a flock of 35 yellow-tailed black cockatoos around for a week or so. They feed on pine cone seeds and the like, and they are big birds. They have a loud, distinctive call, ascending and descending, which could … Continue reading

Posted in Birds | Tagged | 1 Comment