Sleepy Brush morning

May 7, 2019

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 […]

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Climate Change: The Facts

April 30, 2019

I urge you to watch this film with your family, to recommend it, to share it and/or show it to groups. Al Gore’s film woke many of us up. David Attenborough sums it up and shakes us hard, in this excellent and comprehensive documentary. It covers the varied causes, the current status, the possible tipping […]

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Mist dwellers

April 29, 2019

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, […]

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Sharing a small cove

April 22, 2019

On the mid north coast of New South Wales, there are many secret small coves like this one, usually in national parks and accessed by foot. You may see another person or two there, but seldom more. But other creatures actually live there! Like this perfectly camouflaged tiny crab, who kept disappearing and then popping […]

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High rise neighbours

April 12, 2019

I am bordered on two sides by tall trees – casuarinas, camphor laurels and cadaghi (Corymbia torelliana), with lower growing myrtles and pittosporum and melaleucas. I hear heaps of birds that I rarely see. One I have often heard – or thought I had – is the Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua). Its mournful, slow ‘woo-hoo’ […]

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Fig dilemma

April 1, 2019

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 […]

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Flush with fungi

March 25, 2019

With rain every few days and humidity almost liquid — or it is on my person! — fungi are thriving. Nothing spectacular or colourful, some rather shy and delicate, but each different in an unassuming way. And the large colony amongst my raised garden beds is still renewing itself, growing larger and more fleshy each […]

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Nannas sash-on for Water

March 11, 2019

What better way to mark International Womens Day 2019 than for 120 KNAGs (Knitting Nannas against Gas/Greed) from all over NSW to converge on Sydney to get their message out, ‘United to Protect our Water’. In a yellow and black tide, red-rimmed for solidarity with their indigenous sisters, they met in Martin Place. I’m an […]

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From camouflage to cappuccino

March 4, 2019

Spot the odd one out amongst the horse poo and mulch chips? I nearly didn’t. But then the choc-chip coated drumstick swam into focus and could not be unseen. Looking about, I spotted two more beside the raised garden bed, still in the same rough mulch. It’s been so dry, I was surprised to see […]

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Travelling Huntsman

February 8, 2019

I was used to spiders seeking shelter from wet weather but in these very hot days–  and more days – and more days, I have had a Huntsman spider come inside. For the first day he was high up in the kitchen, near the manhole, so I assumed that was the entry point. Next day […]

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Evening exodus

January 28, 2019

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 […]

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Green magic

January 5, 2019

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. […]

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