Sunday, 29 December 2013

Top Ten Wildlife Locations of 2013.

I'll let you in on a secret - up until October of this year, I couldn't actually drive a car. As a result, most of the locations featured in this blog and on the Facebook page are public-transport accessible, though next year will see more out-of-the-way places making an appearance! This blog has given my outdoor jaunts such a welcome sense of purpose this year - thank you so much to anyone who has read and enjoyed my writings.

1. Lake Samsonvale, Joyner.
Outstanding for its natural beauty alone, Lake Samsonvale is a great place to visit at any time of the year. Bullocky's Rest is a popular location for family picnics and

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Top Ten Wildlife Encounters of 2013

I enjoyed many outdoor adventures this year, and for the first time, I paid attention to a whole variety of animals rather than just birds. Though I had amazing wildlife experiences in North Queensland and the NSW Central Coast, the following animals were all seen around South-East Queensland. Keep an eye out for these wonders when you're out and about!

1. Eastern Brown Snake, Mooloolaba.
This was such a shock! Me and a friend were strolling along Mooloolaba Spit Beach on a busy Sunday morning, when this beauty washed in from the surf! I was so

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The Trouble With 'Squirrel Gliding'

I invented a new hobby this month. Basically, you eat some dinner once the sun has gone down, then jump in the car and drive to a small suburban reserve of your choice. Then you walk around in the dark with a spotlight and camera, shining it up into the trees while trying to glimpse white furry bellies flying through the treetops. I call it 'Squirrel Gliding!'

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

White Rhinoceros

Animal of the Month

What's so special about it?

White Rhinoceros; Photo by Leah Mahoney
The White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simatum) is the largest and most numerous of the world's Rhinoceros species, though that's not to say it is common. Its most distinguishing feature - a large keratin horn, unique in lacking any bone material  - is highly sought-after as a traditional medicine item on illegal South-east Asian markets. Recently however, conservationists have come up with a clever way to decrease the worth of Rhino horn, by injecting it with an anti-theft dye. This doesn't harm the living Rhino, but it does make the trafficking of the horn very difficult if the animal is poached, and also makes the horn poisonous if consumed,