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Malaysian Borneo; first impressions
I have just come back from a couple of very interesting (and enjoyable) weeks in northern Borneo, in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. It was an unexpected trip, in that I was asked to accompany a natural history tour for reasons that are of no gre...
I have just come back from a couple of very interesting (and enjoyable) weeks in northern Borneo, in the Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. It was an unexpected trip, in that I was asked to accompany a natural history tou...
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Humming with Iridescence
Last time I revelled (as I hope you did) in some birds that flaunt iridescent colours - colours that flash with light, and even change with the angle of viewing. I won't repeat the details of how it works here, but now I want to dedicate this entire post to...
Last time I revelled (as I hope you did) in some birds that flaunt iridescent colours - colours that flash with light, and even change with the angle of viewing. I won't repeat the details of how it works here, but now I want...
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City Wildlife Snapshots: Lima
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going to post a few brief perspective...
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going...
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City Wildlife Snapshots: Douala
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going to post a few brief perspective...
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going...
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City Wildlife Snapshots: Guayaquil
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going to post a few brief perspective...
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going...
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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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Iridescence Without Feathers
This is the third and final in this series of iridescence in animals; the first two dealt with birds, but this time I want to look at other animals - mostly invertebrates but with a fish and a lizard thrown in. The principles are exactly the same as in feat...
This is the third and final in this series of iridescence in animals; the first two dealt with birds, but this time I want to look at other animals - mostly invertebrates but with a fish and a lizard thrown in. The principles...
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Living Rainbows; animal iridescence
This is another in the sporadic series on colour in nature. You can find the most recent one here and trace it back therefrom. However for this particular installment you might also like to cast a glance at the first posting on blue in nature; the reason fo...
This is another in the sporadic series on colour in nature. You can find the most recent one here and trace it back therefrom. However for this particular installment you might also like to cast a glance at the first posting ...
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City Wildlife Snapshots: Puerto Maldonado
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going to post a few brief perspective...
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going...
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City Wildlife Snapshots: Buenos Aires
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent , I'm going to post a few brief perspectiv...
I'm away for May, accompanying a natural history tour to tropical Queensland. I don't have time to set up full postings for the time I'll be away, but in the hope of keeping you, my valued readers, while I'm absent, I'm going...
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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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Canberra naturalist and conservationist
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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.