Friday, 30 January 2015

January Wildlife Report

The Blue Swarms of Summer

Above: Blue Blubber swarm off Surfers Paradise. Photo by Grahame Long.
Below: Blue Tiger, Ferny Hills.

South-east Queensland has had a wet, warm and humid start to 2015, receiving twice the average amount of monthly rainfall for this time of year. A well-nourished landscape is currently allowing our wildlife to flourish; a casual walk in a National Park, suburban reserve or even your own garden will reveal huge numbers of insects, birds, reptiles and frogs.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

The Real Crash Bandicoot

Northern Brown Bandicoot; Photo by the Queensland Museum
Bandicoots had their fifteen minutes of worldwide fame in 1996, when Sony released a popular videogame on their Playstation platform called 'Crash Bandicoot'. To me, the protagonist looked more like a tail-less fox than our native marsupial, but I like to think it raised the profile of bandicoots to koala-like levels for a generation of youths around the world.

Last week, I caught up with the real thing when I carried out a quick mammal survey

Friday, 16 January 2015

Suburb Guide: Griffin

Sunrise from Dohles Rocks, looking east towards the Houghton Highway Bridge.

Griffin is a semi-rural suburb of the Moreton Bay Region,