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I've been a Canberran since moving here from Adelaide on the first day of 1980. I now live in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise Maher, ABC 666 radio and on-line journalist. Among my early memories is following Sleepy Lizards (Shinglebacks) around the paddocks north of Adelaide, guarded by the faithful bull terrier. I have always been passionate about the natural world, trying to understand how it works, how the nature of Australia came to be, and sharing those understandings. My especial passions are birds, orchids and mammals. For much of my life I have been a full-time naturalist, running bush tours, writing books etc, doing consultancies, presenting a regular radio slot on local ABC, chairing a government environment advisory committee and running adult education classes. Recently I have eased back somewhat, but am still writing, teaching, doing some radio work and running overseas tours - as part of my fascination with our Gondwanan origins I've been running tours to South America for the past decade. I was awarded the Australian Plants Society Award in 2001 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 2006, both for services to education and conservation. In January 2018 I was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for 'service to conservation and the environment'.

Monday, 5 November 2012

When it All Gets a Bit Much...

Today has been somewhat fraught; you don't want or need to know the details, but the seemingly pernicious actions of a certain South American airline have a lot to do with it...

Accordingly I'm feeling well and truly wrung out, and don't think I can manage the story I had in mind. Instead it occurred to me that I have a few photos of various animals whose demeanours more or less reflect my state of mind at present; maybe, having looking at them, you might sympathise and forgive my lack of a narrative today.
Green Ringtail Possum, Atherton Tableland, Queensland.
Three-toed Sloth and baby, Puerto Maldonado, Peru.

Galapagos Sea Lion, Puerto Ayora.
Nile Crocodile and Cape Buffalo, Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda.
Social Flycatchers, Amazonia Lodge, Peru.
Hippos, Queen Elizabeth NP, Uganda.
Marine Iguana, Isla Isabela, Galapagos.
Striped Ground Squirrel, Entebbe Botanic Gardens, Uganda.
Common Bronzewing Pigeon, Namadgi National Park, Australian Capital Territory.
Chimpanzee, Kibale National Park, Uganda.
Tomorrow I look forward to being refreshed and with more to offer!

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