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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, 31 December 2012

As the Sun Sets on 2012...

It is traditional to review the year that is about to slip below the horizon (as my friend Martin from The House of Fran_Mart has done so comprehensively here), and I was tempted to do so, but in practice I've been working most of the day (preparing the index for a forthcoming book on Australian bird names) so I'm going to settle for some symbolic sunset shots from a variety of places. I haven't been to all these places this year!
Blanquillo Lodge, Peruvian Amazonia.
The highlight here is undoubtedly a fabulous parrot lick, but sunsets over the cocha are also a feature.
Kata Tjuta, central Australia.
You may know it as 'the Olgas', but we haven't called it that here for some time.

Waza National Park, northern Cameroon.
The Sahel is a harsh landscape, and under threat, but still beautiful.
Blackburn Island, off Lord Howe Island.
We had a delightful week on Lord Howe early this year - you've not heard the last of it!
Volcan Chacabuco, over Puerto Montt, southern Chile.
Darwin, Northern Territory of Australia; the Timor Sea hosts excellent sunsets!
Sacha Lodge, eastern Ecuador.
Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda.
Later that night there were lions around my suddenly flimsy-feeling fixed tent;
they're not supposed to be there, but of course I was glad they were. In principle...
May 2012 end happily, and 2013 dawn bright and hopeful for us all. I look forward to sharing some of it with you; my thanks for coming with me this far.

Back on Wednesday.


Anonymous said...

Thank you for ending the year so superbly! I have really enjoyed reading your blog this year, and I look forward to continuing the pleasure in 2013. All the very best to you and yours for a fabulous New Year!

Ian Fraser said...

I'm sorry I can't thank you by name, but I greatly appreciate your comments. I'm very pleased that I can give you some pleasure with these little pages. We'll talk next year!