After hearing a rumour of a rumour that a Noisy pitta (Pitta versicolour) had recently taken up residence at our local botanic gardens we headed off for a Sunday arvo wander.
Dave has come to expect the nightly back and forth of chuk-chuk-chuks as his resident Asian House Geckos (AHG) bark away. And each morning, the light of day reveals their ubiquitous calling card on skirting boards, walls, lampshades and outdoor settings. But as Dave has noticed, there seem to be a few different species at his place. Depending on where you live in the country you are likely to have a mixture of native and introduced gecko housemates.
With their floppy ears, tiny curled tail and puppy dog eyes, the Western Pygmy Possum (Cercartetus concinnus) is the cutest creature to fit in the palm of your hand…however I am slightly biased… and here’s why.
This week Adam Kerezsy, an aquatic ecologist with Bush Heritage Australia, gives us a run down on what makes his research so unique…
At Edgbaston, a property owned by the not-for-profit conservation company Bush Heritage Australia, the ancient water from the Great Artesian Basin (GAB) seeps to the surface and then resides in a series of extremely unique springs.
Did you know that if you look in a mature Dugong’s mouth you will find tusks? Or that they can live to over 70 years and are known to swim up to 1000km between feeding sites? Were you aware that to find a Dugong’s nipple you have to look under its armpit?
Scrambling along rocky shorelines between sea cliffs and the incoming tide. Commando crawling through boulder piles. It’s all in a day’s work when seaching for roosting sites of Australia’s elusive Coastal Sheathtail Bat (Taphozous australis).
Our guest contributor Ben continues his story from last week…
We had now spent months observing and monitoring these juvenile Banded Stilts as they grew from eggs to nearly-fledged birds in one of the harshest environments on earth. The newest generation was finally old enough to be banded.
By our guest contributor Ben…
As a resident of central Australia I’ve witnessed the country burst to life. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to become involved as a volunteer in the discovery, documentation and eventual banding of a breeding colony of Banded Stilts (Cladorhynchus leucocephalus) at Lake Torrens.
While Dan was diving off the coast of the Whitsundays last week, he was thrilled to hear the eerie, resonating call of a humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae). Can’t believe it’s that time of the year again, already!
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.