February 2016 Field Trip – Assorted Locations

I spent February rushing around all over the place, meaning I visited multiple locations but none for very long, so here is a collection of photos from several of the places I visited this month.

I already posted this earlier in the month as an incidental sighting, but for anyone who missed it, here’s a Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata) I found in Kindra Forest at Coolamon.

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Bearded Dragon

Australian Pelicans and Yellow-billed Spoonbills at Narrandera Wetlands.

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And some Purple Swamphens (Porphyrio porphyrio), also at Narrandera wetlands.

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All of the following I spotted on the Wagga Wagga campus of Charles Sturt University.

 

Australian Magpies (Cracticus tibicen)

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Eastern Rosellas (Platycercus eximius)

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Crested Pigeons (Ocyphaps lophotes)

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Very busy ants on some Cypress Pines (Callitris sp.) – I’m not sure if the white floss is something they were creating and tending, or if it was created by something else and they were harvesting it.

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Mistletoe (I don’t know the species) on a Eucalypt. Mistletoes get a bad rap because they’re parasitic and people believe they kill  healthy trees and damage ecosystems, but they’re actually an important part of healthy, diverse woodland ecosystems, and recent research has discovered that woodlands with mistletoe present support a greater diversity of birds and invertebrates, than those where mistletoe has been removed. Check out Dr Dave Watson’s website to find out more about mistletoe or follow him on Twitter (@D0CT0R_Dave), he’s done some really interesting and important research into mistletoe ecology, and the role of parasitic plants in woodlands.

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See you in March!

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