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In the reclaimed Brush at Wingham, Brush Turkeys abound. In daytimes, they are usually seen scratching amongst the leaf litter. Today I entered the Brush on the still-dark side. It was too early for their routine, and I caught them napping. This was the first time I had seen them roosting on branches. Neither of […]

Arranged like a tableau on stage, these fungi glowed at me from the gloom of the Rainforest Walk in the Australian Native Botanical Gardens in Canberra. Unsurprisingly, the climate of Canberra is not great for rainforest plants, so frequent misting is needed to keep plants happy. Waiting until a break in misting episodes seemed sensible, […]

I love the large Jacaranda tree outside my house, even if it is an introduced tree that self-seeds rather too readily. But over the last year I have watched a Strangler Fig that some passing bird has seeded in the Jacaranda fork steadily grow larger. But eventually it will ‘strangle’ the host, as I see […]

Every evening, after sundown, before dark, in what I guess we can claim as twilight, a seemingly endless stream of bats fly over my place, heading out for the night’s feeding. From my deck I watch the streams of flying dots, fascinated as the odd one turns back or the strands split up, until the […]

In Tapin Tops National Park, near Wingham NSW, you are rewarded for a shady one kilometre walk — and several rock-hopping crossings on Little Run Creek — by Potoroo Falls. The Falls are narrow and stepped, and the pool at their base is deep and wide — and extremely cold! Or it was at Christmas. […]

Rainforests are often majestic and always green worlds of their own. Dorrigo National Park has a two-hour walk that takes you through such a world. While focal points like the Falls are spectacular, it’s the details along the way that fascinate me. Conical hanging birds’ nests? Or accidentally arranged lichen? Vines reach for the light […]

Poking about under the small clump of trees on my block, I was pointing up into the skinniest Casuarina to show a visiting weed controller where the Frogmouth nest was. ‘Well, there’s two up there now’, he said. At first all I could see were two odd shapes against the light. When I moved around […]

A Colorbond garage wall is not the most inviting surface for a climbing plant. I was sceptical when my nursery lady said she thought Virginia Creeper would be able to cling to it. Never having grown one – but always wanting to – I gave it a go. The plant had tendrils which it clearly […]

This is one of the larger inhabitants of Wingham Brush, a wonderful rainforest pocket reserve right near the town and the river. The Brush was rescued from being smothered by weeds and vines and now attracts many visitors to wander along its winding walkway and share its cool green world. But ‘inhabitant?’ Well, I know […]

As at my last two homes, I see a lot of wildlife just from my decks and verandahs, perhaps because I choose homes that are part eyrie. Not having heard kookaburras here yet, I was delighted to see this one last evening, just metres away from my side verandah. Such a handsome fellow! Next day, […]

There have been no posts for a while as I’ve been immersed in the chaos of moving house again. This time — the absolute last! — it was to a rural town, where I share my block with this Tawny Frogmouth, one of my favourite birds. A quiet, retiring, serenely beautiful bird, with ‘eyelashes’ to […]

I am sorry to see the last of the Glory Vine’s red leaves preparing to drop and join the colourful drifts along the verandah edges. But the little maple trees are taking up the Autumn baton from them. At my last home, the Liquid Ambers were the light sources of dull winter days, but here […]

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