Sunday, 27 November 2016

Fair weather suits finches just fine

Cumulus humilis, Flagstone Creek.

Dry conditions have settled in this spring in the Lockyer Valley, with less than half the monthly rainfall average being delivered for November.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Birds and beasts galore at Tamborine meet-up

Green catbird; Photo by Aaron Wiggan.

Last Saturday, seven intrepid explorers joined me for a walk around the rainforest circuit at the MacDonald section of Tamborine National Park.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Wild BNE spring meet-up: Mount Tamborine

The walking track passes through several piccabeen palm (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) groves.

Strangler fig
(Ficus watkinsiana).
When I walk into a subtropical rainforest, I always feel like I’m walking into nature’s own version of New York City or some other giant, densely-packed metropolis. Life, colour, movement and activity abounds throughout the forest, from the ground right up to the sky-scraping tree canopy! Such is the case in the MacDonald section of Mount Tamborine National Park, and every visit I make there is utterly thrilling. For my next visit, I’d love for you to join me!

Whether your interests include plants, birds, invertebrates, reptiles or fungi, a walk around the rainforest circuit in this National Park is sure to amaze you! Giant land mullets (Bellatorias major) laze about on fallen logs, rare butterflies sail through the air and the amusing calls of green catbirds (Ailuroedus crassirostris) and wompoo fruit-doves (Ptilinopus magnificus) echo off giant buttresses. If you enjoy photography,

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Reptiles out in force at Springbrook

Land mullet, Springbrook.

Last Friday, I spent the morning searching for reptiles at Springbrook National Park, with great success.

Monday, 26 September 2016

In flood or drought, the ferns are here to stay

Much of eastern Australia is having a fairly wet spring this year, and the plant life seems to be thriving as a result!

Last week, I drove out to a tiny bushland reserve in the Ipswich suburb of Woodend to scout out some particular plants, namely ferns.

The reserve is accessed by a pathway that begins near the corner of Macrae and Ladley Street, and appears on Google Maps as Smith Park.

It protects a small gully that feeds into the Bremer River nearby.

I found two interesting ferns here, each adapted to a specific microhabitat within the reserve.

Mulga ferns, INSET: spores on frond underside, Woodend.