Happy Holidays

HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON

From me and the Willie Wagtails nesting in the Jacaranda tree in my back yard.

I was unable to find time for a December field trip, but I have high hopes for something a bit special in January. See you then.

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October-November 2018 Field Visits – Riverina Drought

My apologies for the lack of October blog post, it’s been hard to find much to blog about recently, with natural areas across the region being not really at their best, given the current drought conditions.

Today’s post will be a selection of photos I took while driving around my patch during October and November; a mixture of incidental wildlife sightings and snapshots of the drought-affected landscape.

In roughly chronological order, I present to you:

A Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) sunning itself in a driveway near Narrandera. I saw at least three of these within a two week period in various locations, which is more than I am accustomed to seeing over such a short period of time. Either I was lucky, or they’re yet another species that’s venturing closer to roads and human-inhabited spaces looking for water and food this season.

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September 2018 Field Visit – The Rock Nature Reserve

For September’s Field Trip I headed to The Rock Nature Reserve with a friend of mine, and two of her kids. They had never been there, and I’d only been once before, when I visited a couple of years ago with my dad. The last time I was there we only made it about two-thirds of the way up, so my friend and I were determined to make it all the way up the hillside this time, kids and all.

The Rock Nature Reserve seen from The Rock village
The Rock Nature Reserve seen from The Rock village

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August 2018 Field Visit – Assorted Locations

My apologies. August’s Field Visit report is both late and short.

August rather got away from me, but when a friend of mine said she’d seen both a water rat and some echidnas along the Bundidgerry walking track beside Narrandera’s Lake Talbot I decided to go try my luck. My friend took me to where she’d seen them, but unsurprisingly they weren’t hanging out in the same places when we got there, so no water rat or echidnas for me.

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July 2018 Field Visit – Cocoparra National Park

My apologies for the great delay in getting July’s field trip post online.

For July’s field trip I decided to head back to Cocoparra National Park, near Griffith. I visited Cocoparra last year, but had forgotten that that visit was also in July, so another apology for the lack of seasonal diversity. Coincidentally both visits were on July 26, which amuses me as it was completely by accident.

I decided to head in to a different part of Cocoparra this time, around the other side of the park and hill from last time, and went to see Jack’s Creek.

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June 2018 Field Visit – Port Macquarie

Yeah, okay, Port Macquarie is not in the Riverina. It’s about as far from being in the Riverina as it’s possible to be while remaining in New South Wales. Geographically, climaticly, ecologically, the works. But I had to go to Port Macquarie for an unrelated reason this month, and while I was there I visited some rainforest fragments, and they were so pretty I decided to blog about them. So welcome to this month’s instalment of Riverina (and other places) Wildlife.

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