Thursday, 7 February 2019

Wild BNE summer meet-up: Bribie Island

Sea-green jumping spider (Cosmophasis thalassina).

As those of you who have followed my Facebook page over the past year may have seen, I have become increasingly interested in insects and spiders. 

There are amazing little beings amongst us, living out fascinating secret lives right under our noses, if we only care to look—and I want to go looking, with you!

The location I have chosen for this next Wild BNE meet-up is a beautiful conservation park at the southern end of Bribie Island, known as Buckley’s Hole. 

Vegetated dunes, coastal woodland, mangroves and a freshwater wetland play host to a dazzling variety of creatures such as unusual peacock spiders (Maratus anomalus), carnivorous house flies (Lispe sp.) and gorgeous hibiscus harlequin bugs (Tectocoris diophthalmus).

The details are as follows:
Location: Buckley’s Hole Conservation Park, Bongaree.
Date: Sunday 17th February 2019.
Time: 2:30-4pm.

Buckley's Hole Conservation Park, Bongaree.

If you would like to come along, it is important that you email me at wildbne@gmail.com first so I can provide you with more information.

Please feel free to also email me with any questions you might have! 

Whether your invertebrate interest level is ‘beginner’, ‘expert’ or somewhere in between, I would be delighted to enjoy your company for the afternoon, so get in touch!

Cheers,

Christian

Saturday, 8 December 2018

A holiday to remember on Bundaberg's Coral Coast

A female flatback turtle, covering her nest chamber with sand on Mon Repos Beach.

I kicked off the start of this summer with a short break up at Bargara, where I had a fantastic time! I’ll get to all the interesting animals and plants I saw in a minute, but first, let me just say how much I liked the actual region. Bundaberg struck me as a city with the perfect mix of old and new; lovely heritage buildings and structures and a laid-back attitude are complemented by the modern conveniences of good roads, internet access and seven-days-a-week shopping. And while I can see new suburbs popping up here and there, the region isn’t suffering the same intense overcrowding that Brisbane is at present. I loved it! 

And now back to the wildlife! Here are some of the creatures and places that will be living in my heart for much longer than my holiday lasted. 

Sea turtles
If there’s one animal that Bundaberg's Coral Coast is particularly famous for, it’s the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). Researchers estimate that approximately half of the South Pacific Ocean’s loggerheads nest on the stretch of coastline centred on stunning Mon Repos Beach, and late spring and early summer is when the females can be seen coming ashore. 

Monday, 15 October 2018

Lamington National Park shines bright on a grey morning

Morans Creek, O'Reilly.

On a cool and overcast morning last Friday, I headed down to Lamington National Park and walked two tracks in the Green Mountains section near O’Reilly’s.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Sea anemones plentiful in Sunshine Coast rockpools

LEFT: decorated anemone, RIGHT: green anemone.

Last Wednesday I went searching for sea anemones on a rocky shoreline south of Coolum Beach, and found five different species in the rock pools there.

Thursday, 6 September 2018

Wild BNE meet-up: Oxley Creek Common

Double-barred finches (Taeniopygia bichenovii).

Oxley Creek Common is regarded as one of Brisbane’s premier birdwatching locations, with over 200 species recorded at the site. On Saturday 22nd September, I am offering to host a walk for a group of people who would like to spend the afternoon at this beautiful reserve, exploring the wetlands, farm margins and wooded areas for as many fascinating birds, animals and plants as we can find. The pace will be leisurely and along a flat gravel path, but the total distance walked may be as much as five kilometres.