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City Wildlife Snapshots: Buenos a

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This is the latest in an irregular series on some of my favourite trees, of which there is no shortage. The most recent instalment was here , from where you can follow back if you wish. Sound doesn't usually feature heavily in talking about plants, but casu...
This is the latest in an irregular series on some of my favourite trees, of which there is no shortage. The most recent instalment was here, from where you can follow back if you wish. Sound doesn't usually feature heavil...
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Considering Kangaroos
I hear so many stories of people coming to Australia and expecting to see kangaroos in the main streets that I suspect that some of them must be true. And here in Canberra it's pretty close to the way things are! In suburbs near the numerous hill reserves w...
I hear so many stories of people coming to Australia and expecting to see kangaroos in the main streets that I suspect that some of them must be true. And here in Canberra it's pretty close to the way things are! In suburbs n...
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Some Acacia Curiosities; wattle they think of next?
Acacias are fundamental to Australian landscapes, though we sometimes forget here that they are equally characteristic of many African ones.  Mulga Acacia aneura woodland, Chambers Pillar, central Australia. Acacia woodland, Murchison Falls NP, Uganda. The ...
Acacias are fundamental to Australian landscapes, though we sometimes forget here that they are equally characteristic of many African ones.  Mulga Acacia aneura woodland, Chambers Pillar, central Australia. Acacia woodland, ...
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Where'd a Bird Be, Without Alulae?
Answer - crashing, mostly. We'd have no trouble, I think, in recognising the essential role in flight of the great driving flight feathers (remiges) or the steering, braking tail feathers (rectrices). But what would you think if I suggested that the alulae ...
Answer - crashing, mostly. We'd have no trouble, I think, in recognising the essential role in flight of the great driving flight feathers (remiges) or the steering, braking tail feathers (rectrices). But what would you thin...
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Bluetongues; Australia's favourite lizards
OK, so maybe that's a provocative title, but the mere fact that a large number of Australians would know immediately what you meant by bluetongue, or even just bluey, is indicative. The six Australian species of the genus Tiliqua (plus two New Guinea specie...
OK, so maybe that's a provocative title, but the mere fact that a large number of Australians would know immediately what you meant by bluetongue, or even just bluey, is indicative. The six Australian species of the genus Til...
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Ecuador's Drier Side
Ecuador's natural values are well-known and for very good reasons; tropical lowland rainforest, Andean cloud forests, alpine páramo above the tree line, and of course the ever magnetic and fabulous Galápagos. But dry deciduous forests, where no rain falls f...
Ecuador's natural values are well-known and for very good reasons; tropical lowland rainforest, Andean cloud forests, alpine páramo above the tree line, and of course the ever magnetic and fabulous Galápagos. But dry deciduou...
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Kakadu in the Wet
A nasty early cold snap has hit Canberra, and we're thinking wistfully of the tropics. It's also been a wet cold snap, so I'm thinking most specifically of rain in the tropics, and it's only a few weeks since we were in the magnificent Kakadu National Park,...
A nasty early cold snap has hit Canberra, and we're thinking wistfully of the tropics. It's also been a wet cold snap, so I'm thinking most specifically of rain in the tropics, and it's only a few weeks since we were in the m...
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Tierra del Fuego; the national park at the end of the world
Until recently, all I knew of Ushuaia, on Argentinian Tierra del Fuego, was that it claimed to be the world's southern-most city, and that it is the jump-off point for most of the Antarctic cruises. (I'm now convinced that their claim is justified; Chilean ...
Until recently, all I knew of Ushuaia, on Argentinian Tierra del Fuego, was that it claimed to be the world's southern-most city, and that it is the jump-off point for most of the Antarctic cruises. (I'm now convinced that th...
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Mount Field, a Tasmanian Treasure
Back in 1885, just 13 years after Yellowstone National Park in the USA became the world's first national park, and only six years after Royal National Park in Sydney became Australia's first and the world's second, Russell Falls Reserve, 60 kilometres north...
Back in 1885, just 13 years after Yellowstone National Park in the USA became the world's first national park, and only six years after Royal National Park in Sydney became Australia's first and the world's second, Russell Fa...
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Pacha Quindi: a very special place
In Quichua, the language once spoken by the Incas and still spoken by many indigenous Ecuadorians, Pacha Quindi means 'place of the hummingbirds'. It's not hard to see why Tony Nunnery and Barbara Bolz chose it for their superb and inspiring cloud forest ho...
In Quichua, the language once spoken by the Incas and still spoken by many indigenous Ecuadorians, Pacha Quindi means 'place of the hummingbirds'. It's not hard to see why Tony Nunnery and Barbara Bolz chose it for their supe...
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On This Day, 15th February: Archibald Menzies died
The moral of this story, if any, is perhaps that you don't want to annoy an amorous Musk Duck. Archibald Menzies did. Male Musk Duck Biziura lobata , south of Canberra. This striking duck is the only member of its genus, long regarded as a member of the sub...
The moral of this story, if any, is perhaps that you don't want to annoy an amorous Musk Duck. Archibald Menzies did. Male Musk Duck Biziura lobata, south of Canberra. This striking duck is the only member of its genus, long ...
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I've been a Canberran since moving here from Adelaide on the first day of 1980. I now live in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise Maher, ABC 666 radio and on-line journalist. Among my early memories is following Sleepy Lizards (Shinglebacks) around the paddocks north of Adelaide, guarded by the faithful bull terrier. I have always been passionate about the natural world, trying to understand how it works, how the nature of Australia came to be, and sharing those understandings. My especial passions are birds, orchids and mammals. I am now a full-time naturalist, running bush tours, writing books etc, doing consultancies, presenting a regular radio slot on local ABC, chairing a government environment advisory committee and running adult education classes. I was awarded the Australian Plants Society Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to education and conservation. As part of my fascination with our Gondwanan origins I've been running tours to South America for the past few years.