Archive for the ‘Zoological Sciences’ Category

Migrating Whales

Monday, October 15th, 2007

The humpback whales are heading south. I followed several, from headland to headland, this afternoon. Every couple of minutes they'd breach. I guess that tells other whales where they are. I tell you what, whales don't half move. The two white canoes paddling after them started slowing down after a while. ...

First cicada

Monday, October 15th, 2007

While sitting here working at my desk, I've just realised that the regular sound I can hear outside is the chirping of the first cicada. Late September is the earliest I've ever heard one. But that was in the bush, where you get a bigger range of species, including the tiny ...

Aplysia sydneyensis

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

Aplysia sydneyensis Originally uploaded by mc_tr. First swim of the season today at lunchtime. It was about 24 degrees and the sea animals were out in force. A fist-sized common octopus slithered over the damp sand between two rock pools. The sea ...

2108 Again

Monday, July 30th, 2007

Silhouette Of Lion Island Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. Yewenyi, Belinda, c.j.b. and I walked down from West Head, down Resolute Track, to my geocache 2108 on Sunday. We took lots of photos. Here is Lion Island, from West Head. The sun ...

Mackerel Beach Box Jellyfish

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

West Head Box Jellyfish Originally uploaded by c.j.b. We thought this was a killer tropical jellyfish - in Pittwater, Sydney! We were waiting on Mackerel Beach wharf for the next ferry back, on Sunday, and c.j.b. mentioned he'd seen a strange jellyfish and ...

Feed me!

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Cheeky Chappy Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. I was working on my computer, when one of these guys flew up against my window, drawing my attention to the fact there was a whole flock of Rainbow Lorikeets waiting to be fed. I suppose ...

Way To Ruin A Joke

Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

Strange Sign Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. While the Australians are giggling at a sign in Melbourne warning about 'attack seagulls', and lining up to have their photo taken next to it, unfortunately the British aren't getting the joke. That's because instead of ...

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. I'm too exhausted to blog properly, but this is one of the photos I took of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos at Audley in the Royal National Park today. They were very tame and as cheeky as feathered monkeys.

Fox in the garden

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

You don't expect a fox in the garden at 9am on a Sunday morning, particularly if your garden is a postage stamp sized thing full of weeds in the middle of East Ham. I happened to be looking out my window, at the sunny day outside (why couldn't it have ...


Thursday, December 8th, 2005

Cutest photo I've seen in ages.


Monday, November 28th, 2005

Owls, with their expressive little beaky faces, are the current fashion on Fark. Owls like this: (I'm sure that's not what the owl was really saying. Give me a mouse is probably more accurate.)

Tough cat!

Friday, September 30th, 2005

OK, this image just cracked me up! It looks like something my cat, Mango, would do after having his paralysis ticks pulled out.


Tuesday, September 6th, 2005

From BBC News: When two became one in the womb Jane was a puzzle to doctors. She needed a kidney transplant, but her naturally conceived sons could not donate - because they were not biologically related. Tests eventually showed Jane was a chimera - her mother had been pregnant with non-identical ...


Wednesday, June 8th, 2005

I see these washed up on the beach frequently. Glaucus atlanticus. They are tiny sea slugs, molluscs, which float on the ocean on the hunt for their favourite prey, bluebottles (known elsewhere as Portuguese Man-O’-Wars). I try to encourage them by kicking them back into the water whenever I see them ...

She’s so cute!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

From The Sun: MEET ten-day-old “orphan” monkey Sophia, one of the world’s rarest primates. The white crowned mangabey, weighing 1lb, is one of only 113 of her kind. Just one in eight survive to birth. But after beating the odds, Sophia was rejected by mum Calpurnia, 13. She is now being bottle-fed every three ...