Coral bleaching has been back in the headlines again recently – surely we’re all aware of it by now.
The delicious nectar from a Grevillea stand immediately in front of our house is being hotly contested by the resident honeyeaters. A grab for exclusive pecking rights is underway.
Wow a lot has happened since December! Our last post on Orange-bellied parrots deserves a quick update.
For those following along on twitter, or in the news, January has been a rollercoaster of fledglings, foster kids and the devastating loss of 16 captive parrots due to a bacterial infection.
By this time of year most of us have started winding down, cheerfully enjoying the season’s rumball-fuelled fripperies. Meanwhile, in a remote pocket of south-west Tasmania, a project is underway to try and mitigate a conservation crisis. And the stakes couldn’t be higher; the very existence of a spectacular Australian bird hangs in the balance. […]
Koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) have not been seen in Kosciuszko National Park for 75 years…until now. Just recently, a male koala was spotted crossing the Snowy Mountains Highway near Blowering Dam east of Tumut. Whether it was just a rogue individual or a member of an unrecorded population remains to be seen. The closest known populations are […]
Quolls are carnivorous marsupials (genus Dasyurus) with four species found in Australia and two in New Guinea.
For those of you that didn’t hear: the Australian ‘Big Year’ record was officially broken at the end of 2012. John Weigel has annihilated his predecessors, seeing 745 species of bird in Australia in a single year, beating the previous record of 720 set by Sean Dooley in 2002. Just let that sink in for a moment. Seven hundred and forty five different bird species.
Seen by one man.
In one year.
A few weeks ago on his early morning drive to work, Dan spotted an unusual ‘snipe’ wading through a drain in a cane field, right by the highway. He stopped to double check, and called an emergency ID confirmation from a fellow birder – Marj. Latham’s snipe – Tick.
The Western Swamp Tortoise is Australia’s most endangered reptile. It has an ancestry that dates back 15-20 million years, but for 113 years this tortoise was thought to be extinct.
At 11 cm long (head and body), with a tail up to 14 cm long, Mountain Pygmy-possums are small enough to fit comfortably in your hands. A Mountain Pygmy-possum weighs an enormous 45 grams! Tiny Mountain Pygmy-possums (Burramys parvus) hibernate during winter in snow laden boulder fields on the coldest slopes of the Snowy Mountains.