Tag Archives: ENVIRONMENTAL

Mosquitos and European Wasps

Mosquitos! Have they bothered you recently? They confused me this year; they were different – big, black, and stupid. I didn’t get bitten once. A couple of them landed on me briefly and tried to look threatening, wobbled about on … Continue reading

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Jet-ski YouBeaut Bumper Sticker

This Real men don’t Jet-ski bumper sticker is a response to the reduced pleasure of other peoples nature experiences and the bad behaviour of many jet-ski drivers. We have had a number of nasty experiences in Australia recently one resulting … Continue reading

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Spring in Central Victoria

Spring in Central Victoria. Lambs are everywhere. Early spring has truly sprung around our district and, I suspect, right across the land. There is lots of paddock feed for the winter born livestock and hopefully, the season looks bright for … Continue reading

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Threatened Australia – The wide bleak land

Threatened Australia – The wide bleak land Just a few years before heading to Europe to serve with the AIF in 1941, Jock Picks, a young scientist and farmer from South Australia announced in his newly published book “Australia’s Dying … Continue reading

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The Bush Meeting

The Bush Meeting. The bush meeting was huge. At first I thought there was no one there, that I’d got the wrong address – third dam along near the big Grey Box – but it took only a few moments … Continue reading

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Dying Shame

Dying Shame: A Dying Shame seemed an apt heading for an article about road-kill. On our travels around the country we cannot ignore the road-kill that litters the roads and adjoining landscape. Australia is no exception to a problem that … Continue reading

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Sand Suckers Flip Flops

Sand Suckers Flip Flops. Sand Suckers are the Flip Flops you wear if you want to show the world that you are not afraid of an Octopus. No one else will want to wear them so you won’t have them … Continue reading

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Baby birds, raptors and shipping containers

Baby birds, raptors and shipping containers. Early summer is a really busy time in nature. Baby birds are out and about without their parents for the first time, and plants that you had forgotten about suddenly appear in the garden, … Continue reading

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Phyllis Fancy & Bambi Burgers

Phyllis Fancy & Bambi Burgers. Bambi Burgers and Phyllis Fancy are the attention grabbing headers I’ve got for you this month. Let us begin. Phyllis Fancy Back in the late 1950’s, my father would sometimes take my mother and me … Continue reading

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Naked Ladies and noises in the dark

Naked Ladies and noises in the dark. Large numbers of the brilliant pink and leafless Naked Ladies (Amaryllis Belladonna) have enlivened our region this year both in their quantity and their seemingly darker and more vivid shades of pink, leading … Continue reading

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Aliens Abroad: Mink

Aliens Abroad: Mink. My mother killed all the water voles in England. Well not quite all, yet. Only ninety-five percent at the most recent count, which I know from watching Jimmy’s Forest on SBS One. And when and how did … Continue reading

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Stranger Danger

Stranger Danger. Stranger danger; big time. Imagine you are looking through the kitchen window at your young children – or grandchildren – playing in the backyard. Suddenly, a dark shadow slides across the scene. You lean forward and look up … Continue reading

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Rebagging the Cat

Rebagging the Cat. Its time I came out and I’ll do it here now, so hold on. Ready? Am I a believer or not? Yes I know. It’s not possible, and believers are all nutters. But there is more to … Continue reading

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Why did the pheasant cross the road?

Why did the pheasant cross the road? Yes … that’s right. A pheasant crosses the road a couple of kilometres before Newstead on the Newstead – Castlemaine road. Symes Road was the nearest corner although you would never really know … 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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Travel -a time away …

Travel – A time away … People say that travel broadens the mind. Well, lets live in hope. Travelling abroad would need to do something useful considering how many folk are dashing about the planet. The urge to buy an … 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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