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Fish spawning in the big wet
The day after the
2018 March deluge stopped, the local stormwater drain was full of
fish. Not just any fish but strikingly colourful fish. These fish
had come to spawn. They are all native fish that are usually brown,
but on this day they were dressed up...
Fish spawning in the big wet
Fish spawning in the big wet
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When the Great Barrier Reef was a land of hills and trees
There is a great
deal of academic research being conducted into how and when
Aboriginal people arrived in Australia. The one be assumption is
that people arrived when sea levels were at their lowest, to as much
as 130 m below present levels during glacial ...
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Wildlife of Clairview and St Lawrence
Clairview and St
Lawrence are important habitats for larger creatures such as koalas,
greater gliders, possums, goannas, emus and a wide variety of
wallabies but these creatures are not easy to find. The area is on
the threshold for many wildlife species an...
Wildlife of Clairview and St Lawrence
Wildlife of Clairview and St Lawrence
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Coastal Coral Reef at Cape Tribulation
When the tide goes
out near the famous tourist location of Cape Tribulation in tropical
Queensland, reef flats and coral platforms are exposed. However
these reefs at first sight appear to be mostly dead and some
explanation is needed. The short answer is...
Coastal Coral Reef at Cape Tribulation
Coastal Coral Reef at Cape Tribulation
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The Life of Biting Sand Flies
Given that sand
flies are the curse of the coastline, it is surprising how little accessible information there is about them. Scientists have studied them on the
behest of councils to understand where and when they breed, however
these scientific studies do...
The Life of Biting Sand Flies
The Life of Biting Sand Flies
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In thirty years of walking over these sand flats suddenly I discover that there is tiny ecosystem under my feet!
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Miniature sand flat wildlife looks like a tiny African savanna
Imagine taking a
photo of the most featureless and lifeless-looking patch of bare muddy sand in a tropical
estuary and the photo revealing that even this place was seething with life.  In fact the place was full of creatures that are just too small to be se...
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The Unreported Importance of Snapping Shrimps
Snapping shrimps,
also known as pistol shrimps make more underwater noise than any
other marine animals. Look up why snapping shrimps make loud popping noises
and you will almost certainly find some dazzling claims such as
“While hunting, pistol shrimps op...
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Kingfisher spearing into a tree
If I told you that
mangrove kingfishers fly into trees at full speed to make a nesting
hole, you would not believe me, so watch the video. This mangrove
kingfisher ( Todiramphus chloris ) is nesting in a dead
Sonneratia tree deep within a tall stilt mangrov...
Kingfisher spearing into a tree
Kingfisher spearing into a tree
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Water mouse (Xeromys myoides), a predator of crabs
One of the most
mysterious and elusive mangrove animals is the water mouse ( Xeromys
myoides ). They mostly live in mud nests in the
mangroves and come out at night to prey on small crabs. They occur in the Northern
Terrritory from Darwin to Arnhem Land and...
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