Dick Smith meets BIG

Posted on 7 CommentsPosted in Central QLD, feathered

A few weeks ago, BIGs specialty bird knowledge services were called upon. A group of serious twitchers were coming to town, with one little bird on top of their list: the Eungella honeyeater (Lichenostomus hindwoodi). We arranged to show the travelling birdos around Eungella NP and surrounds, and hoped that we’d catch sight of the EHEs we have come to know through our surveys.

Biodiversity: A hot topic this month

Posted on 2 CommentsPosted in Backyard, Cape York, Central Australia, Central QLD, crawly, East coast, Eyre Peninsula, feathered, finned, furry, Mallee, Marine, North QLD, NSW coast, scaly, South Australia, South East QLD

The arrival of spring is not the only reason to celebrate in September, it’s also national biodiversity month.
It provides a chance to celebrate Australia’s magnificent flora, fauna and landscapes; and to promote the conservation of our unique native wildlife.
To wrap up NBM 2011, I thought we’d reflect a bit on what “biodiversity” means in Australia.

The Australian Bustard: when being delicious is not a recipe for success

Posted on 16 CommentsPosted in Central Australia, Central QLD, feathered, North QLD

The first scientifically described Australian Bustard (Ardeotis australis) was shot in what is now Agnes Water in May 1770. Captain Cook recorded in his journal “it turned out an excellent bird, far the best…that we have eat since we left England” [sic]. A culinary, if not cultural echo of Aboriginal Australians who have valued the Bustard as food for millennia.

Parasitic storm birds in a suburb near you

Posted on 14 CommentsPosted in Central QLD, feathered, NSW coast, South East QLD

If you are in the north or east of Australia you may have noticed ‘grey toucan-like birds’ (as described by a Sydney friend) in your suburb making ridiculous sounds at all time of the day and night. These birds are actually the migratory Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae). They are commonly referred to as storm birds as they turn up in summer to breed then head back to New Guinea and Indonesia around March.