Tag Archives: COUNTRY NOTEBOOK

Spring

Spring. Drought breaking rains have given us the best start possible spring in 14 years. Here we see the Muckelford Creek and the blue iris around the historic Corriedale Cottage, both on the Castlemaine road. The climate is confusing and … Continue reading

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Soggy

Soggy. Soggy sheep, soaking ‘roos, squelchy paddocks, slippery bush tracks, joyful swimming creatures and luckless ducks have brought spring vividly into my focus this year. Observing and enjoying nature properly requires that we slow down and tune in. Sitting on … Continue reading

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Wishing You A Very Cherry Christmas

Wishing You A Very Cherry Christmas. Somewhere on the diggings around the Beehive Chimney, a pair of White-fronted Honeyeaters are lurking. I know because I’ve seen the male twice and heard him sing. How do I know that he has … Continue reading

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? Forget Punter Ponting, Pup Clarke and Mr Cricket, instead, think local and think nicknames, acquired names. When I recently tried to track down something or someone in reference to a local event, I realized that not … Continue reading

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Feral Fallow Deer in Muckleford Forest

Feral Fallow Deer in Muckleford Forest. Fallow deer have been living in the Muckleford Forest for some time now but are rarely seen or photographed. There is much discussion on whether or not these feral animals should be removed. The … Continue reading

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Beware the Aliens

Beware the Wheel Cactus Aliens. Fox shit! How interesting is that? Why am I wandering around Mt Tarrangower and examining the faeces of Vulpes vulpes, the Red Fox? Well, it’s all part of understanding the distribution of the Wheel Cactus … Continue reading

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How do you like your … morels ?

How do you like your … morels? I’m visiting a friend in a village north east of where I live who sometimes becomes a Humphrey Appleby, (you know, the character from the BBC show Yes Minister) and who gently tells … Continue reading

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Big Bird

Big Bird. What is the size of a small toddler, sleeps all day standing up, and can sometimes be seen with the grisly remains of last night’s dinner hanging from its claws ready for a snack on waking up? Give … Continue reading

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White-browed Babbler

White-browed Babbler. The White-browed Babbler is one of only two local bird species that live a sociable life, that is, they live in family groups. The other larger and more common bird is the White-winged Chough. Watching a flock of … Continue reading

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Seeing is Believing

Seeing is Believing. Seeing is believing, goes the saying, but sometimes things happen which makes you question that saying and when it does, you are temporarily (or permanently depending on what you are looking at) transported to a less certain … Continue reading

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Restless Flycatcher

Restless Flycatcher – Golden Whistler. A sudden whoosh and a gentle wind just above my head and the familiar clackety clack of a Red Wattle Bird rings through the cold early morning air from high up in the big tree … Continue reading

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