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Joy's adventures at home and away

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Mon, 16 Apr 2018 02:48:34 +0000

I’ve been wanting to see an earthstar ever since I saw photos in a field guide. What a romantic name! And this one was on my property last week during the rain. Earthstars are in the same taxonomic group as … Continue reading

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Christa’s pickslivinglanguage

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:46:23 +0000

Christa is fond of fungi, too, and generously sent me some pics of fungal fruiting bodies. (The last two pics are not fungi but they are fun.) Thanks, Christa! (All photos by Christa Schwoebel.) Location and/or IDs are in the … Continue reading

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Native beeslivinglanguage

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 22:31:58 +0000

Out in the paddock last night, Andrew was mowing and noticed these little guys (yes, they are guys) on several grass stems. They were very placid, despite the vibrations of the ride-on mower. Each bee was less than 1 cm … Continue reading

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Christmas nudibranchs at Woody Headlivinglanguage

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 23:50:29 +0000

Peter and Linda have been snorkelling at Woody again. Here are some of Peter’s pics of their latest discoveries. Doriprismatica atromarginata   Not a nudibranch, but the sea hare Dolabella auricularia

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Big Scrub Loop, Nightcap National Park, fungi (part 2)livinglanguage

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 22:53:38 +0000

Here are my photos of the same walk as in the previous post. These are different fungi to those in the previous post, plus a couple of other things of interest at the end. The rainforest is endlessly fascinating!   … Continue reading

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Big Scrub Loop, Nightcap National Park, fungi (part 1)livinglanguage

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 06:13:38 +0000

The other day, after five days of rain, three of us went looking for fungi in the Nightcap National Park, northern New South Wales. I was also on the lookout for slime moulds, but didn’t find any. I thought this … Continue reading

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Giant panda snaillivinglanguagehedleyella-falconeri-undersideGiant_tiger_land_snail_(Achatina_achatina)_with_hand

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 01:50:44 +0000

It isn’t black and white, doesn’t eat bamboo, and certainly isn’t cuddly – no one seems to know why this largest of Australian land snails is called ‘panda’. Think of an ordinary garden snail but blown up to a size … Continue reading

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Thu, 07 Sep 2017 03:27:39 +0000

This morning I heard a chirp I hadn’t been aware of for some time, not since the bottlebrush in the backyard died. That tree had been the host of one of Australia’s 90 species of mistletoe (70 are native). Jeremy … Continue reading

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The squirrel glider, the sally wattle and the tawny frogmouthlivinglanguage

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:59:12 +0000

There are three protagonists in this story. Andrew (not one of them) has seen a squirrel glider (Petaurus norfolcensis) a few times over several nights in the trees (one big eucalypt, one wattle) near the house. It has a particular … Continue reading

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White-throated nightjarlivinglanguage

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 22:21:08 +0000

I’ve often heard this bird at home at night and wondered what it could be. A combination of “The National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife: Cuckoos, Kingfishers, Nightbirds of Australia” (edited by Strahan) and Michael Morecombe’s “Birds of Australia” ap … Continue reading

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