Tuesday, 24 February 2015

February Wildlife Report


Greetings from cyclone-ravaged Queensland! Whether you're reading this from Brisbane, interstate or overseas, you have probably heard the news of Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia bearing down on the central Queensland coast, unleashing havoc and fury as a category five storm.

Friday, 13 February 2015


Juvenile Tandan, Kedron Brook.

As a naturalist, I aim to be well-rounded in my wildlife observations, but there's one group of animals I've always struggled to spend time with: fish. While I have no issue with recreational fishing if done responsibly, I personally don't wish to cause unnecessary stress to any creature I encounter, so that rules out the obvious choice of 'hook, line and sinker' for fish interaction. Yesterday morning, while sitting by the banks of the Cabbage Tree Creek in the north Brisbane suburb of McDowall, I thought about some of the other ways I have been able to observe fish.

Friday, 6 February 2015

Suburb Guide: Parklands

Dark Bar-sided Skink (Eulamprus martini), Ferntree Creek National Park.

Driving north on the Bruce Highway through the Sunshine Coast, I often pass extensive areas of lush, green forest that captures my imagination: what lives there?!? Earlier this week, I went to find answers to that question by checking out the suburb of Parklands, a small mixed-use area immediately to the north of Nambour.