Zoology Mix and Match puzzle

by on Mar.20, 2013, under Birds, Competitions, Dinsoaurs, Fauna, Information, Invertebrates, Mammals, Reptiles

Match the correct science with the biology group!

Science Group
Paleontology Butterflies and moths
Mycology Insects
Ornithology Animal behaviour
Lepidopterology Fungi
Apiology Fish
Arachnology Mammals
Chiroptology Spiders
Entomology Birds
Herpetology Reptiles and amphibians
Mammalogy Bats
Ethology Bees
Ichthyology Fossil animals and plants



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Mystery Mallee bird nest

by on Mar.20, 2013, under Birds, Location, Victoria

In the spring season of 2012 we were at the Little Desert National Park. While walking along a track, we came across a nest at just above waist height in a native shrub. A small finch like bird flew off as we walked past. We took this picture but were not able to view the bird later and did not want to disturb the nest again.

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Any birdos out there that can ID this nest?

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Wombat out walking

by on Feb.20, 2013, under Fauna, Mammals, Victoria


In Central Victoria our creekbeds are dry – and then after a day’s rain – perfect for tracks! Pictured here are the heavy, flat-footed tracks of the Common or Bare-nosed Wombat. They have a distinctive, pigeon-toed gait, and you can clearly see their digging claws. Sometimes the hind-foot track overlaps that of the front-foot track, creating a large composite footprint – is it bigfoot? A yowie!? No – a Wombat! (continue reading…)

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Frilled Dragons Come Alive in Darwin.

by on Feb.14, 2013, under Fauna, Media, Queensland, Reptiles, Western Australia

Frilled Dragons Come Alive in Darwin.

Tim Cook


One of the most iconic animals of the Top End is not the crocodile but the Frilled Lizard or Frill-necked Lizard Chlamydosaurus kingii) – or just Frillies. If you have never seen one of these in the wild it is possibly for one of two reasons. The first is bad timing; if you go before November or after March they are scarce. Usually in the wet season, these guys are very abundant and visible on roads, trees and on the ground feeding. The second reason might be that to they are rather clever chaps and to the see them is difficult. As you are walking along the track or driving the road, the frillies are usually waist to shoulder height on trees. They watch out for predators well and as the predator comes they circle around the other side and only their spindly legs give them away. Their camouflage does the rest. So look for two knobby knees at the height they might even do a peek a boo act with their head to check where you are too! Watch the video. (continue reading…)

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Its Baby Frilly Time!

by on Feb.11, 2013, under Fauna, Queensland, Reptiles

During the wet season, its a bonanza for the wildlife of the Top End! The Frilled Lizard is a wonderful iconic Australian lizard. These lizards mate in early wet season and their eggs hatch from late February onwards..

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The lizards often perch vertically and will move around the tree to hide from you.

At present Frilled Lizards are taking a beating as their populations has suffered greatly from Cane Toads. Odd as lizards are diurnal but the metamorph cane toads move during the day and are too enticing for frillies to pass up on, leaving them poisoned.

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Mystery Bird revealed!

by on Feb.06, 2013, under Birds, Fauna, Information, New South Wales

Hi I was flicking through the magazine last night while feeding my baby wombat when I came across your article on the Scarlet Honeyeater.

During the hot weather we had a couple of weeks ago I had the sprinkler running all day so the little birds could try to cool down, one little bird that I had never seen stayed under the water most of the day, I had no idea that a lot of the birds were as there were at least 100 different species most I had never seen on my property. I took a photo of this little guy and could not identify him until I saw him in the Wildlife Secrets magazine, I live south of Nowra on the South Coast

Image and text: Shirley Lack, NowraIMG_0100

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