The Big Wet

March 27, 2017
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In one week, another 416mm of pounding rain fell, flooding the creeks and closing the roads, strewing logs and stacking beaver dams at fences and bridges and crossings that got in its way. The skies cleared one evening and the moisture began to separate into creeks and clouds, as they should. It heralded the dawning […]

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Post-deluge fungi

March 20, 2017
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Wet, wet weather and just enough warmth still in the air to cause a whole new aspect of life to come forth and blossom … fungi. This beauty unfurled out of the top of a palm stump that has sat there unadorned for two years. Way down in the paddock, a smattering of white glimpsed […]

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Post-deluge frogs

March 13, 2017
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It’s autumn, and I welcome the cooler mornings, but we are also having daily deluges more like tropical summer storms. In the first five days of March we had 124 mm — or six inches if you’re my age — and that’s on top of what we’d already received in 2017.  By New Year it […]

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Moonwatch

March 6, 2017
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My verandah is a great spot for watching the sunset light up the escarpment or the sunrise blush the sky over the ridge. But only twice have I been lucky enough to be out there when the moon rose early enough for me to catch it creeping up past the ridgeline. Once it popped into […]

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Fleeting fungi

February 28, 2017
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You have to be quick to capture some fungi at their best. This beautiful, delicately stippled and pleated limey-yellow trio appeared one morning in my mint pot at the back door. The next day they had wilted to an unimpressive brown. About a metre away these little Chinese-hatted soldiers had popped up in another pot. […]

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Vine Snake

February 20, 2017
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My verandah is fringed with an ornamental grape vine, in full summer bright green leaf at present, its stems twining and curving and constantly reaching out to new holds. Last week a familiar and faster twiner and curver was using it as camouflage. I have seen this Green Tree Snake each summer here, but on […]

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Welcome Greenie

February 13, 2017
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This gorgeous Green Tree Frog is probably the best known frog in Australia, but no less special for that. He’s the source of the very deep and monotonous ‘wark-wark-wark’  that I hear at the bottom of a nearby downpipe, presumably when he reckons rain is coming. This one was quiet, post-rain and dozing on a […]

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Grand bad design

February 9, 2017
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A second Willy Wagtail decided to start a family on my other verandah. She made such a messy job of nest building, compared to the neat cylinder of my usual family, that I decided she must be a novice nester. Not only was it sloppy and sprawling untidily over the edge, but it seemed as […]

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Bad moon rising

January 30, 2017
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The last full moon of 2016 first signalled its rising by an eerie backlighting of the many dark clouds that night. Then its round face appeared over the ridge, a glow through thin cloud. Very soon dark riders and winged demons raced across to begin to quell the growing light. Woven ropes of clouds were […]

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Demolition Mumma

January 14, 2017
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The unmistakable rusty and incessant whinging of a young Yellow-tailed Cockatoo came floating in my kitchen window. I followed the sound to a twin stump, where the ‘baby’ was atop one and the mother was at work in the fork of the other, ripping away bark with her beak. The young of these big Black […]

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Welcome wallies

December 27, 2016
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I get so few visits from more than one wandering wallaby that I was delighted to see this little trio of game boys venture in right near the house one early evening after rain. They are the same Eastern Red-necked Wallabies that I lived with — in such great numbers — at my old Mountain […]

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Electric raptors

December 12, 2016
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Drivers along the Lakes Way just south of Forster have been doing doubletakes as they pass this aerial edifice. After watching my Willy Wagtails’ teeny effort, this massive pile of branches seemed hardly birdlike. I only had time to zoom in on the remaining parent. I’d been thinking a White-breasted (or White-bellied) Sea Eagle, but […]

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