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Borroloola Amateur Race Club Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo – Part 4 – the Bullriders

Bullriders are, for mine, the crazy-brave guys of the rodeo. Bullriding, according to this outline, is perhaps the most dangerous rodeo event: “It’s not if you get hurt, it’s when,” and nearly every bull rider can attest to the truth of that saying. … As with bareback riding, and saddle bronc, bull riders ride with [...]

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Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 2 – the junior gymkhana

The future stars of horse sports in the Gulf Country at the Borroloola Amateur Race Club (B.A.R.C) Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo meeting at Borroloola rodeo ground last weekend.

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Borroloola Campdraft, Gymkhana and Rodeo 2014. Part 1 – “in the camp … “

Borroloola in the 1880′s: “This town and district are in a state of terror for want of police protection. All the outlaws from Queensland seem to flock here, knowing there is no law to limit them from committing crimes. Horses are stolen, forgeries are committed , all kinds of robberies, debts refused to be settled, all sorts of acts of violence, even a case of sodomy on a drunken man is reported … “

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Dingoes and Dogs in Indigenous culture

There are many dog dreaming sites located around the Australian continent and each has its own and often interconnected story of creation and movement of the dingo through the country. Stories are told covering areas over thousands of kilometres and across different language groups.

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(Some) birds of North Carolina …

Just a few of the birds (and a deer) that I’ve seen in North Carolina over the past few weeks.

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Of boats, birds and a wild ocean. Finding the world’s rarest seabird in the southern Atlantic

It isn’t every day that you get to see the world’s rarest bird while being battered, bruised and drenched by the south Atlantic Ocean – and paying for the fantastic privilege.

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Ethnoornithology at Montpelier – Birds and People: Research From Four continents – CISE 2012

A look at some of the work being undertaken across the globe by researchers and indigenous people with an interest in birds, people, cultures and the land and environments that they share – from the 13th International Society of Ethnobiology Congress at Montpelier, France in May 2012.

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Ethnoornithology at Cherokee, North Carolina

I’m at Cherokee in North Carolina for the 37th annual Society of Ethnobiology meeting and, as I’ve done on a few occasions before, I’ll be chairing a session dedicated to current developments and research on the subject of ethnoornithology – the study of the relationships between human cultures and birds. This year’s meeting will be [...]

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Owls Want Loving Too. Ethno-ornithology from Zambian schoolchildren

This fascinating piece of ethnoornithological research explores the knowledge and beliefs of and about Owls by secondary and primary school-children in Zambia. I’d love to know if any of the students went on to become biologists or natural history workers later in life.

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Bird of the Week: Mile Jedinak’s Crystal Palace Eagles soar in the Premier League

Australian player Mile Jedinak joined Crystal Palace three seasons ago. Palace has been a home to a number of Aussie bone-shattering defenders in recent years РKevin Muscat, Craig Moore, Craig Foster and Tony Popovic Рall powerful Socceroos with a nose for blood, have been Palace Eagles. Jedinak’s performance at Palace is one of the great sporting stories of 2014.

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