Tag Archives: Tasmania

No Tassie devil trip this year

I’m disappointed that the Tasmanian Devil Scientific Expedition in March is not going ahead this year. The chief scientist, Associate Professor Menna Jones, has won a Fulbright scholarship to pursue studies in the US. Good on her – she is … Continue reading

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Tasmanian copperhead

Walking along the boardwalk at the Tamar Island Wetlands Reserve in Launceston, Tasmania, I thought these were red-bellied black snakes, common in my home area …  … but they were in fact lowland copperheads (Austrelaps superbus).  The copperhead is one … Continue reading

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Miscellaneous moths and mushrooms

Wandering and/or bashing along bush tracks, we often saw life forms of various persuasions. Moths, for example …   … and mushrooms. I took most of the following photos in the Tarkine, a cool temperate rainforest. The others were in … Continue reading

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Tasmanian devil trip – some things I missed out on …

… because I was in a different group when they happened, but Betty and Di kindly shared their photos with me. Thanks, you two! I went with a group spotlighting and petroglyphing with Sebastien, but chose to go looking for … Continue reading

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Poetry corner

High country weather Alone we are born And die alone Yet see the red-gold cirrus over snow-mountain shine. Upon the upland road Ride easy, stranger Surrender to the sky Your heart of anger. (James Baxter, NZ poet)

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Alarums and excursions

The mornings were dedicated to ‘processing’ animals and collecting data, and the afternoons often to ‘sightseeing’ around Arthur River. Betty and I helped with data entry on a couple of afternoons when we were too bushed to go out again; … Continue reading

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The burnt lands

I can hardly bring myself to write this post. Contemplating all those lives – plants, animals and others – perishing in the intense fires is painful. But Nature did this and Nature will float, crawl, bounce and grow back in … Continue reading

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Oh Zebedee!

Camera traps Gini had put out motion-sensing cameras a while before, so the first job before doing the vegetation surveys was to retrieve the cameras. The camera points downwards to capture images of anything walking along the ground. Fish oil … Continue reading

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Sympathy for the devil

This was sunset on the wild shore of Arthur River, north-west Tasmania, a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately, it looks as though there will not be a spectacular sunset, or a sunset of any kind, for the Tasmanian devil species. … Continue reading

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Tasmania ate my hiking boots

Well, they had to go sometime, and the dense forest and heath just north of Arthur River in north-west Tasmania had their way with them. At least it happened after the research part of the trip was complete. The right … Continue reading

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