Australia is a great country, especially if you are interested in ants. We have ants that live on tidal mud flats and have to waterproof their colony against each flooding tide and weaver ants which use their larvae as living sewing machines to stitch leaves together to form shelter.
As we drove up the Clarke Range the cloud cover intensified making it hard to see much of the rainforest. Not deterred, and with book, bino’s and camera in hand we persevered to start what was supposed to be a day of Eungella Honeyeater surveys, a camp out, a cuppa and bed by 7pm of course.
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.
On the weekend most of the BIG crew headed out to Clarke Range west of Mackay to begin a survey of the endemic Eungella Honeyeater (EHE) (Lichenostomus hindwoodi).
Australias largest endemic butterfly, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly, is well known for its spectacular wing colouration, and it’s life cycle is just as impressive…
With a range that fits neatly inside Cyclone Yasi’s impact zone, and already on the endangered list, the Mahogany Glider was sure to be hugely affected by our most recent natural disaster.
I grew up on the GC, packed my car in search of adventure and ended up in North QLD. Some very lucky Proserpine Rock-wallabies (Petrogale Persephone aka PRW’s) have followed similar footsteps… but for very different reasons.
Crocs have been getting a bad wrap lately. Our local croc expert spills the beans on why she still loves the ancient reptiles…
Endangered Cassowaries are even more vulnerable to extinction after two cyclones in the past 5 years caused severe damage to critical rainforest habitat