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Teale Britstra
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Attends Swinburne University of Technology
Lived in Brisbane, Australia
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From fabulous beetles to vibrant starry nights, idyllic waterfalls and dramatic storms or brilliant bird photos - here are the top 10 AG Reader Photos of 2016: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/5ay62
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+Lordy Thanks :D
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By special request, I made a sister publication to my "Butterflies of Australia" 2017 wall calendar, this time featuring some of my favourite dragonfly and damselfly images taken within the past 12 months!
>> http://bit.ly/2gnuMAi
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+Teale Britstra thank you, sounds like a winner..I have order a copy to see how they look
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Managed to catch one of the male peacock spiders in my back yard dancing finally :-) I actually have seen it a few times, but catching it on camera is a little more difficult :)
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+Teale Britstra I watch all the David Attenborough doco's and think how did they do that...i guess you are on the learning curve now :)
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So after more than a year of searching, I finally found my first Peacock Spider yesterday - in my own back yard. A male Maratus nigromaculatus, who waved a leg at me once or twice, but didn't perform a dance this time. Oh well, something to look forward to! :D 
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+Dylan O'Donnell I'm not sure that we would like the same kinds of cuisine :D
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Yay, I have a photo featured by Australian Geographic :-)
A feather-horned beetle clambers up his own mountain in central Queensland.
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+Kam-Yung Soh Thanks, +Shane Allwood  just pointed this out to me too :D
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Last night, while at Cania Gorge, I took the opportunity to shoot a very quick timelapse sequence of the Milky Way rising over the cliffs. The shot would be better with a little moonlight to illuminate the scene, but still, it wasn't a bad view ;-)
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The best of our weekly AG Reader Photo competition from this year, showcasing this beautiful country and its wildlife through our readers' lenses.
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+Dylan O'Donnell Thanks :)
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Pretty stoked - the Australia Post Collectables "Beautiful Butterflies medallion collection" that features my image of a Chequered Swallowtail on the cover will be released soon (Nov 7?) :-D
Stunning collection of butterfly medallions and minisheets exclusive to this product.
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Yesterday I was out chasing a better image of the Green Carpenter Bee, when one decided that my face looked like a good place to land. It was very insistent, and when a few waves of my hand wouldn't deter it, I took a few backward steps to try and shake it off. After a few steps, I figured that I should really turn around to check what was behind me, which turns out to have been a good idea because I was about to collide with an Eastern Brown Snake - one of Australia's most dangerous.
I have to say that this snake was far more relaxed than my last encounter with the species, and since it was basically ignoring me (phew), I decided to take a few quick pics.

I think it's important to mention that, as I was not sure of the snake's ID at the time, I treated it (rightly, in hindsight) with caution, and didn't approach it. I also remained standing, as while lowering my stance might result in a better photo, it also makes it more difficult to move if the snake changed its mind, and became aggressive. They move VERY fast when they want to.
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So after more than a year of searching, I finally found my first Peacock Spider - in my back yard. A male Maratus nigromaculatus (~3mm long), who waved a leg at me once or twice, but didn't perform a dance this time. Oh well, something to look forward to! :D 
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+Seth Burgess I think he's seen it on Facebook :) I did add it to Bowerbird, so the sighting data should show up in Atlas of Living Australia eventually - even though the specific species isn't in their database.
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^%@^% !!! I've been trying to catch this one for ages... I must have wasted 30 Pokeballs!! Any ideas? ;-)
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+Satyr Icon Indeed. It followed me around for ages :-) The pokemon servers stayed up just long enough to find a pokemon and then take the screenshot :)
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Astronomy student involved with various public outreach programs
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    Astronomy Outreach, 2012 - present
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Google suggested I write a small introduction here so that people are sure they have found the correct "Teale Britstra" - though I'm not totally convinced that it's necessary (there can't be too many people with this name!) ;-)

I'm currently studying a coursework Master of Science (Astronomy) degree, and also trying to convince people to become more engaged in this fascinating science (and science in general).
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  • Swinburne University of Technology
    Master of Science (Astronomy), 2011 - present
  • Griffith University
    Bachelor of Psychological Science, 2004 - 2011
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28-day Moon Phase Flip Book - Southern Hemisphere
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Official account of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, connecting you to the best news and content from the ABC. Follow this page for sneak previews of your favourite shows and other special offers.

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As we say in our hometown, DFTBA.

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May Partial Solar Eclipse | BrightStar Astronomy
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A photo of today's (May 10, 2013) partial Solar eclipse, as seen from Brisbane, Australia. Also visible are a few nice sunspot groups.

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We're taking a look at the open cluster M93, and using it as bit of an excuse to discuss the work of Caroline Herschel. This video features

Milky Way Scientists
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