Category Archives: Birds

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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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