Wildlife Proof Fencing

There are many kinds of theft. For farmers (such as us) one of the worst thefts (after rules against clearing our own native vegetation on our ‘freehold’ property) is government (and others) stealing our livelihood by allowing their livestock to … Continued

Rich Beyond Telling

Most evenings if we go for a walk at the back of Yinnar a huge flock of yellow-tailed black cockatoos comes in to roost after spending the day dispersed sowing destruction on innumerable hapless plants all about (as is their … Continued

Deer O’Clock

Three years ago we started to see the odd deer print on our evening walks. Then one day a fallow stag kindly donated me this nice antler. Back in February when  I was telling you about losing Tiny and the … Continued

Brer Fox

I have such a love/hate relationship with this guy. We have farmed sheep here and on other farms nearby for nigh on thirty years now, (and far longer elsewhere). When we first moved here Col Francis, a (now late) friend … Continued

Hein’s Taxidermy:

Della just loves stuffed animals which is maybe why she has kept this particular stuffed old animal around for nearly fifty years! It may be a family trait. We have this wonderful family photo circa 1903 of her grandfather as … Continued

Drop Bear

Found this poor little fellow dead in the paddock this morning. Looks to be a victim of the dread Chlamydia (They also call it, ‘Wet Bum’) which is so prevalent amongst them, though s/he had also been fighting and had … Continued

The wildlife seems to get wilder every day: Giant Echidnas & Other Strange Things

Yesterday afternoon on our walk two four legged critters crossed the track at speed and at a considerable distance such that I could not quite work out what they were. The only giveaway was the white spot I noticed on … Continued

The Frogs: The Sequel.

Every dam and waterhole around here is now fringed with frog spawn such as Tiny is investigating here. The frogs are still singing their musical choruses and charmingly I thought each is guarding his/her own patch of spawn. It is … Continued

How Green Is My Valley:

We are so fortunate to live in this beautiful part of the world. Everywhere you point a camera it is something like this. Just snapped this view of Yinnar and the Morwell River valley on the way back from our … Continued

Venery:

When I was a child who used to (illegally) trap and sell finches for pocket money, I never suspected what wonders the ‘zebbies’ were (though they did fetch the highest price). Evidently they sing to their embryos! Of course, some … Continued

There is Simply Nothing Like an Old Port Walking Trail:

Yesterday we decided to have a day off and enjoy a peaceful walk along this beautiful Gippsland trail. Because we are replete with serendipity we happened to be there at low tide (Do!) http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/tides/#!/vic-port-welshpool-pier This way you can walk one … Continued

Leadbeater’s Possums:

Victoria’s faunal emblem; a truly ancient relict marsupial. I love this snap of a pair carrying nesting materials in their prehensile tails. If you are vigilant you may see some of these as you walk the Upper Yarra Track, particularly … Continued

Jeeralang Sights:

Right behind our home there are lots of forestry tracks where we usually go for a walk with the dogs of a late afternoon. This one (No 4 Road) is about 400 metres further up the mountain so it is … Continued

Jurassic Update: The Culprit: Caught in the act!

You would think this blue tongue lizard would have a red tongue the number of strawberries he has eaten. He is trying to hurriedly make off, but in his haste he has tangled himself temporarily in the netting. He knows … Continued

‘Life will find a way’

…we have a blue tongue living in one of our compost bins who lives on the strawberries in  our vegie garden, it seems. At least something other than us is and we have not yet caught the mystery thief yet. … Continued

Boojums:

  I mostly think there ARE no ghosts, aliens, bigfeet, nessies, pixies, fairies, dragons, panthers, bunyips etc because now that everyone has a camera on their phone, still nonetheless no-one has a photo of one. Howsomever, I spent a good … Continued