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Ian Fraser
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Canberra naturalist and conservationist
Canberra naturalist and conservationist

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Mulga; face of the inland
This is another in an irregular series on (mostly Australian) trees. It's been a while since I posted one of these, but you can find some past ones here , here , and here .  It is a remarkable fact that some 20-25% of the entire continent comprises semi-ari...

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Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park; a remote and superb oasis
Boodjamulla is remote, over 200km from the nearest small town, Burketown, with the latter half of that journey on sometimes trying corrugated dirt roads. It is tucked away in the arid far north-west corner of Queensland, not far from the border of the equal...

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A World of Herons: #2
Here I am again to complete last week's post on herons, a significant component of wetlands and waterways throughout most of the world. Having offered an overview last time, I want to introduce the groups and some representative species. I confess to feelin...

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A World of Herons: #1
I've just noticed that I haven't offered a post focussing on birds since last Septemeber, so it's probably time to rectify that. Herons form a single family of some 64-72 species, depending on your preferred taxonomy. They are found in nearly all unfrozen p...

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Nature in a Warming World
Last week there was great excitement in our part of the world when a pair of Tawny Grassbirds Megalurus timoriensis turned up at Jerrabomberra Wetlands, our prime suburban wetland in a city which is now very well-provided with such habitats. Tawny Grassbird...

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The Kinabatangan River #2; on the river
As promised last time , this will be a continuation of (and conclusion to) my introduction to the rich fauna of the Kinabatangan River in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo. What follows is a combination of two river excursions on the same day, one beginning at dawn, ...

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The Kinabatangan River; a fragile treasure
Malaysian Borneo, which I've talked about before in this blog, is very rich biologically, but its natural areas tend to be fragmented and thus are often relatively poor in larger wildlife. The south-east of Sabah is among the wildest areas, and here the for...

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Special Western Myrtles
The family Myrtaceae is one of the most conspicuous families in Australia, and is also well-represented in South America, but is also found, albeit less profusely, throughout much of the rest of the world, including Europe where the Common Myrtle Myrtus com...

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Farewell to 2016!
As is my wont, I am going to celebrate my minuscule part in the great drama of 2016 by choosing just one photo from each month of the year - not for their non-existent photographic excellence, but because they remind me of some highlights, large and small, ...
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