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Eastern Spinebill Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris

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hanna76

Date

January 16, 2020 07:28 AM AEST

Description

Taking advantage of an exotic succulent in a pot. The forest and garden has almost no flowering plants due to the drought.

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Crimson Rosella Platycercus elegans

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hanna76

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January 16, 2020 07:46 AM AEST

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White-throated Treecreeper Cormobates leucophaea

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hanna76

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January 16, 2020 07:53 AM AEST

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Narrawa Burr Solanum cinereum

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hanna76

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January 16, 2020 08:02 AM AEST

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Ivy Goodenia Goodenia hederacea

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hanna76

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January 16, 2020 07:59 AM AEST

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Silver Perch Bidyanus bidyanus

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hanna76

Date

January 5, 2020 04:23 PM AEST

Description

Sadly the two perch that I observed struggling yesterday have died today in spectacularly hot conditions. My neighbour and I independently measured temps ranging from 30 C in our normally cool stone houses, 48 in the shade of a tree and 56 C out in the sun. No rain is forecast until the end of the week. The dam dropped a couple of inches today and is bubbling methane which can be seen in the pictures. There is also a distinctly toxic algal green colour to the water. It is horribly tepid. The other fish - 8 confirmed were still milling about in the same shady part of the dam as yesterday. I do not think they have any prospect of surviving now unless i can put them in a tank of their own and feed them manually. Given that they are so old at around 36 -40 years (if they dont breed in the dam), I think their time is up. Such a shame. I wish I could rescue them.

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Covered-cell Mud-dauber Wasp Sceliphron laetum

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hanna76

Date

January 4, 2020 04:08 PM AEST

Description

Three wasps collcting mud from the same hole they had dug at the water's edge. there seemed to be a sort of organised pecking order as they entered the hole one by one.

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hanna76

Date

December 28, 2019 06:08 PM AEST

Description

A large grey and black moth my niece found on a post, barely visible so well did it blend with the galvanising. about 50mm long and has a sort of hood.

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Silver Perch Bidyanus bidyanus

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hanna76

Date

January 4, 2020 04:03 PM AEST

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The biggest surprise greeted me when I went down to the dam today - 10 silver perch milling about in the shallows of the almost empty dam. This is extraordinary as I thought the original 12-15 had died leaving only one, Sushi. For months I have only seen one fish and a four dead ones. I have walked through the water several times to check depth and none were visible. The warm conditions have turned the water green with algae. One fish was trapped in the shallows on its side and did not seem to be able to free itself from the warm mud. I picked it up whereupon it swam quickly away. They are surprisingly heavy and about 400mm long, which I understand is the biggest they grow to. Its scales were quite abrasive when brushed backwards, smooth, almost leather like when the fish swam out of my hands. Another fish, much smaller than the others, (might indicate breeding or competition) was doing the same thing but again, swam away when i disturbed it. The others were active in a shady part of the dam where a swarm of insects might have been the attraction. I observed the fish climbing over each other, flipping out of the water before diving down again. Occasionally one would jump right out of the water, an action I have seen many times over the years, but not recently. I wondered if schooling together was breeding behaviour, but it looked like feeding. The dam is barely 400mm deep. i have decided to stop pumping from the dam to try to give the perch the best chance of surviving this incredibly harsh drought. I have considered catching them in a net and putting them in one of the 56000L full house tanks that I use as a fire fighting and feeding them manually, and aerating the water, but Sods Law it rains the moment I do that. I would do that if the water gets so low that they are dying. They will have to survive where they are or let nature take its course.

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Grasses Family Poaceae

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hanna76

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December 29, 2019 08:10 AM AEST

Description

Growing in a shallow depression in granite.

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Grasses Family Poaceae

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hanna76

Date

December 29, 2019 08:28 AM AEST

Description

Possibly Austrostipa ramosa but iN wont let me identify it as that. It is growing in a fissure on granite. I'd really like an id. It's listed as that in our local guide.

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hanna76

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December 29, 2019 08:10 AM AEST

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Barbwire Grass Cymbopogon refractus

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hanna76

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December 29, 2019 09:08 AM AEST

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Blue Skimmer Orthetrum caledonicum

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hanna76

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January 3, 2020 03:49 PM AEST

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Found buzzing against a window and released.

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Common Everlasting Chrysocephalum apiculatum

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hanna76

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December 27, 2019 05:35 PM AEST

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hanna76

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December 26, 2019 09:36 AM AEST

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Sago Flower Ozothamnus diosmifolius

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hanna76

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December 27, 2019 05:29 PM AEST

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Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus

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hanna76

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December 27, 2019 04:46 PM AEST

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Purple Bur-Daisy Calotis cuneifolia

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hanna76

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December 22, 2019 05:31 PM AEST

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hanna76

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December 26, 2019 09:35 AM AEST

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Narrowleaf Purple Everlasting Gamochaeta calviceps

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hanna76

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December 27, 2019 05:37 PM AEST

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Barbwire Grass Cymbopogon refractus

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hanna76

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December 27, 2019 04:57 PM AEST

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Potter and Mason Wasps Subfamily Eumeninae

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hanna76

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December 27, 2019 04:53 PM AEST

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Lovegrasses Genus Eragrostis

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hanna76

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December 27, 2019 04:55 PM AEST

Description

In gnamma

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Wiry Spear-Grass Austrostipa muelleri

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hanna76

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December 27, 2019 05:18 PM AEST

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hanna76

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December 26, 2019 09:43 AM AEST

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

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hanna76

Date

December 27, 2019 05:26 PM AEST

Description

Tiny, no more than about 10 mm fluttering into pebble shadows in gravel.

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hanna76

Date

December 27, 2019 05:16 PM AEST

Description

Several plants growing at the base of a large expanse of granite in a drainage area. This leptospermum only grows sporadically here where there is adequate seepage.

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Little Ironweed Cyanthillium cinereum

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hanna76

Date

December 26, 2019 09:39 AM AEST

Place

Dam (Google, OSM)

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Lovegrasses Genus Eragrostis

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hanna76

Date

December 27, 2019 04:37 PM AEST

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Dam (Google, OSM)

Description

Growing on claypan bottom of dam

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