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Ross Mannell
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My six word autobiography... "Seeking ways to make a difference."
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Feb. 15 - Ben Boyd NP - Light to Light Walk - Between Saltwater Creek and Mowarry Point - More photos await processing/labelling and posting but I wanted to share one from the day.

Dragonflies are hard to photograph when in flight unless you're willing to spend plenty of time waiting for opportunities. As I have mentioned in a previous post, I take photos while hiking and don't spend a long time waiting for the perfect shot yet occasionally I get "lucky".

Another dragonfly yet to be identified, I caught this one in flight. I will repost dragonflies once I can possibly ID them but, with over 300 species in Australia, it may take time I don't currently have.
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Feb. 9 - I returned to Bournda NP to see what I could find but, as in other areas birdlife was rare probably due to the very dry conditions. However, dragonflies and skinks (small lizards) were numerous. I've had to order a new field guide to try to identify the dragonflies, "Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia" published by th CSIRO.
I was trying to identify the pictured dragonfly and thought it might have been Wandering Percher (Diplacodes bipunctata) but, checking online, I think they aren't supposed to be this far south. Did I misidentify or is their range now wider due to climate change? I'll post the Feb. 9 dragonflies once I have the new guide.
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Jan. 29 - A visit to the "On the Perch" aviaries. - Some other birds to be seen.

Photo 1: Splendid Wren (Malurus splendens) male
Photo 2: Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Photo 3: Crimson Chat (Ephthianura tricolor)
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Jan. 29 - A visit to the "On the Perch" aviaries. A favourite of mine are the Bush Stone-curlews (Burhinus grallarius). When I visited in September, 2016 a pair had hatched a chick. Arriving on Jan. 29, I found the pair had hatched two chicks on Jan. 26.
The last photo shows the adult with spread wings. This is a protective posture. It was looking to the sky because of a passing predator, possibly an eagle or hawk. 
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Jan. 28 - Potoroo Palace has a reptile enclosure for its snakes and lizards. It also has a bat enclosure. As well as donated animals, Potoroo Palace also tries to rehabilitate injured and sick animals so they can be turned to the wild. For some, return to the wild isn't possible so they join the animal community.
http://www.potoroopalace.com

Photo 1: Bearded dragon (Pogoda sp.)
Photo 2: Grey-headed flying fox (Pteropus poliocephalus)
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Jan. 28 - Birds are sometimes given to the park as part of a deceased estate. Their oldest parrot is a 97 year old sulphur-crested cockatoo who was shy on the day and not photographed. As well as birds in cages, there are a number of wild birds also visiting Potoroo Palace. Photo 3 is a wild bird.
http://www.potoroopalace.com

Photo 1: Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea)
Photo 2: Princess parrot (Polytelis alexandrae)
Photo 3: Sulphur-crested cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)


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Jan. 28 - While I have seen them in the wild, this owl-like Tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) was in an enclosure. It is not an owl but has similar habits. 
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Jan. 28 - Emus and kangaroos wander the grounds of Potoroo Palace and can be fed by visitors. The photo shows an Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) I had just fed some pellets.
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Jan. 28 - The day was hot as I arrived at Potoroo Palace Native Animal Educational Sanctuary run by volunteers. Most animals kept to the shade. In the photos, you see an Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) enjoying the cooling spray from a sprinkler.
A link to the Potoroo Palace website...
http://www.potoroopalace.com

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Jan. 27 - Kianinny Bay animal life.

Photo 1: Eastern Water Skink (Eulamprus quoyii)
Photo 2: Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)

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