April 2018 Field Visit – Narrandera Common

Everything happens in April. This is just a fact of my life somehow. But! I promised I would try to go somewhere in April, and so I managed to just squeak in a late-day visit to Narrandera Common yesterday, after the annual koala count had ended.

I usually attend the koala count, but was unable to this year, but I figured I could head out there in the afternoon and at least find the beribboned trees the counters had located koalas in. In about a 2 hour period I managed to find three. The rest must have been cunningly hidden, or at least away from the trails I was following. I did speak to a local person who had participated in the count, who said they’d found a total of 29 koalas across the whole count area, so I guess I just needed to look harder for the marked trees.

While I was making my way around, looking for trees sporting ribbons and koalas, I took a few pictures of other things I saw, and just as the light was going I stopped to take some pics of a small group of kangaroos, and was super excited to see a wallaby nearby. Said wallaby was then kind enough to stay put, nearby and plainly visible, while I tried to take some photos in the fading light.

So here are my photos from my little trip to Narrandera Common yesterday:

River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) tree - complete with mistletoe - on Snake Island in Lake Talbot
River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) tree – complete with mistletoe – on Snake Island in Lake Talbot

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March 2018 – No Field Visit

This month has included such diverse activities as:

  • Helping run a three-day Festival – while also working my day job
  • Celebrating my grandfather’s 95th birthday
  • Looking for (and finding!) bats at night at Lake Talbot in Narrandera
  • Breaking into my friends’ house (with permission and a locksmith) so a visiting artist could borrow an image projector
  • Attending far too many evening meetings
  • Spending two full days washing dishes
  • Making hand-dipped beeswax candles
  • Pouring concentrated acid down my toilet at midnight

But, alas, it did not include an actual proper field visit. I mean, I got to see bats at Lake Talbot, which was awesome, but it was dark, so I didn’t get any photos to share with you.

In April I will not have a chance to go anywhere until the final week of the month, but I will do my best to go somewhere, because so far 2018 has been a general fail on the field visit front.

Incidentally, if you live in the Riverina or would like to come visit the area for a day or so, Narrandera’s Annual Koala Count will be held on Sunday 15 April at the Narrandera Flora and Fauna Reserve. It usually starts at 10am and goes until midday. I can’t go this year, but it’s always a great chance to see wild koalas, so if that sounds like something you’d like to do, I can recommend it as a good day out.

I will leave you with a photo of my candles that I made, because I am very proud of them.

February 2018 Field Visit – Yanco

I don’t seem to be off to a good start with field visits in 2018.

After last month’s failure, I decided to try again to find Turkey Flat wetlands, near Yanco. Despite a dearth of signposting, I succeeded this time.

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January 2018 Field Visit – McCaughey’s Lagoon

Hi everyone, my apologies for getting this up several days late, thank you for patience.

For my first field visit of 2018 I decided to visit Turkey Flat near Yanco. I then proceeded to get myself all mixed up and ended up at McCaughey’s Lagoon instead.

Map showing relative positions of Turkey Flat and McCaugheys Lagoon
Hey, I was close.


It looked to be a nice little wetland-with-woodland area, and I could not get my brain to make sense of the actual map, which was oriented a different way to my mental map of the local area, so I decided to stay and check out McCaughey’s Lagoon instead, and try again for Turkey Flat another day.

McCaugheys Lagoon near Yanco
McCaughey’s Lagoon near Yanco

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December 2017 Field Visit – Barellan

Hello lovely people, and welcome to the very end of 2017.

In keeping with my trend over the last few months, this month’s field visit was once again someplace I could squish into my schedule at the last minute, because I ran out of time to do it sooner. I will work on fixing that approach next year.

I needed to go to Barellan yesterday, so I decided to look for likely spots to stop and poke around whilst there.

Barellan town sign
Barellan town sign
Barellan's giant tennis racquet
Obligatory photo of the giant tennis racquet

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November 2017 Field Visit – Marrambidya Wetlands

Hello lovely readers!

My ‘being less busy in November’ turned into ‘being sick and then getting busy again in November’, so I didn’t manage to get anywhere all month. Until this evening.

This evening I finally found the secret entrance to Marrambidya Wetlands in Wagga Wagga.

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