A Sleepy Giant Seal Helped Foil an International Drug Smuggling Operation in Australia — TIME

Australian police have thwarted a billion-dollar international drug smuggling operation — reportedly with the help of a giant seal. An international investigation into the drug gang reached its climax last week after an abandoned yacht was found on the shoreline of Stick Island, off the coast of Western Australia, sparking a search for its occupants.…

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoos at Bobbin Head — Birds in Sydney

A group of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos gathered on the mud amidst the mangrove stalks at Bobbin Head: It’s the first time I’ve been to Bobbin Head. I started with the Mangrove Boardwalk and also walked part of the Gibberagong Track, which follows on from the boardwalk. This is the sign at the start of the Mangrove […]

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WATTLE (Acacia) — LIVING WITH NATURE (in and around Melbourne, Australia)

Commonly known as WATTLE, Acacia is the largest genus of vascular plants in Australia. Australia’s national floral emblem is Acacia pycnantha, the Golden Wattle. Wattle Day is celebrated on the 1st of September each year. I never knew Acacia flowers also come in pink, (Sunshine Wattle – Acacia terminalis), until I moved to this western […]

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WATTLE (Acacia) — LIVING WITH NATURE (in and around Melbourne, Australia)

Commonly known as WATTLE, Acacia is the largest genus of vascular plants in Australia. Australia’s national floral emblem is Acacia pycnantha, the Golden Wattle. Wattle Day is celebrated on the 1st of September each year. I never knew Acacia flowers also come in pink, (Sunshine Wattle – Acacia terminalis), until I moved to this western […]

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Kookaburra in a mess after hollowing out termite nest — Birds in Sydney

“Don’t look at me! I’m a mess. Been hard at work hollowing out a termite nest.” That’s what this kookaburra seems to be saying: “What, you don’t think termite gunge is the right look for me?” “OK then. Here’s what I’ve been doing for the last half hour:” “That’s a big termite nest, high up […]

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Interrupting Breakfast — My Wild Australia

This pademelon was so engrossed in having breakfast the other morning that I was able to get up nice and close and get a decent photo before he/she noticed me and hopped away. I often see these lovely animals on my walks at the local wetlands in the early morning or late evening. A few […]

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A Day With Seahorses, Platypuses and Echidnas — My Wild Australia

I recently went out to a lovely spot called Beauty Point about 40 minutes drive from Launceston in Tasmania and visited Seahorse World and Platypus House. Seahorse World was quite interesting and had plenty of seahorses to watch and discover. There were a number of tanks full of baby seahorses. These were only a few […]

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WATER BUTTONS, BUTTONWEED (Cotula coronophifolia) — LIVING WITH NATURE (in and around Melbourne, Australia)

Water Buttons are a native of South Africa, but naturalised in all Australian states and New Zealand. These hairless, low-growing, perennial herbs flower in Winter and Spring and grow on a range of soils from sandy loam to clay, but are restricted to wet soils that are periodically flooded according to Mr Google. They generally […]

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Evening Colours at the Wetlands — My Wild Australia

I recently went for an evening walk at Tamar Island Wetlands. It was such beautiful weather and a hot day was cooling down as the sun set, and as I neared the end of my walk, I was treated to some lovely colours in the sky. No two sunsets are the same, so I thought […]

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MAJOR MITCHELL’S COCKATOO (Cacatua leadbeateri) — LIVING WITH NATURE (in and around Melbourne, Australia)

Australia has several Cockatoos, but my favourite has to be the Major Mitchell’s Cockatoo (Cacatua leadbeateri). It’s not seen as far south as my state of Victoria, but Melbourne Zoo has a very handsome ‘Cockie’, so I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph it several times on my many zoo visits over the years. It’s found […]

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