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Canberra-based naturalist, conservationist, educator since 1980. I’m passionate about the natural world (especially the southern hemisphere), and trying to understand it and to share such understandings. To that aim I’ve written several books (most recently 'Birds in Their Habitats' and 'Australian Bird Names; origins and meanings'), run tours all over Australia, and for the last decade to South America, done a lot of ABC radio work, chaired a government environmental advisory committee and taught many adult education classes – and of course presented this blog, since 2012. I am the recipient of the Australian Natural History Medallion, the Australian Plants Award and most recently a Medal of the Order of Australia for ‘services to conservation and the environment’. I live happily in suburban Duffy with my partner Louise surrounded by a dense native garden and lots of birds.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Rain Check

Hello all, and my apologies to those hoping for another posting today, as promised.

The last day or so has been all about hospitals and stents, rather than anything healthier and happier. All looks good now, but I'd best defer the next posting for a few days. My thanks for your understanding. 

Meantime, as an interim offering.

Waved Albatrosses Phoebastria irrorata, Espanola, Galapagos.
The world's only tropical albatross, which apparently only breeds on this one small island in the far southern Galapagos
and spends winter on the Ecuador and Peru continental shelf.
Espanola is earmarked for its own posting here one day soon!



David McDonald said...

Sorry to hear about the contacts with the sick care system, Ian.
I trust that all is going OK.

Ian Fraser said...

Thanks David; yes, she came home today, so all is well again.

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We are including this blog in Catablog .. an online directory of Australian and New Zealand blogs.

Our website is www.catablog.com.au

We are in the final stages of building the directory and we would like to confirm an email for you.

Please email me .. when you're feeling better .. at janyne@catablog.com.au

I'd really appreciate it if you could get back to me when you're well enough.