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Bat of the Week - Ghost Bat, Macroderma gigas

Bat of the Week - Ghost Bat, Macroderma gigas

Bob GosfordNov 13, 2016

Help decipher the whispers of our most iconic and mysterious flying mammal--the Ghost Bat--by throwing a few dollars the way of a worthy research project. In an all too familiar story for Australia's native mammals, the Ghost Bat--our only carnivorous bat--has all but vanished from most of its former arid zone haunts and is now restricted to a few known populations in the tropics and the Pilbara and needs your help.

Dust

Dust

Bob GosfordNov 1, 2016

Some photos from the Santa Teresa races on the weekend of 29 and 30 October 2016.

Off to the desert races at Santa Teresa, NT.

Off to the desert races at Santa Teresa, NT.

Bob GosfordNov 1, 20161 Comment

Dust, heat, flies and more dust. If it is the last weekend in October it must be time to head off the the races at Santa Teresa NT.

Bat of the Week: Little Red Flying Foxes and the invasion of Elliott, NT

Bat of the Week: Little Red Flying Foxes and the invasion of Elliott, NT

Bob GosfordSep 8, 20162 Comments

Bird of the Week: Straw-necked Ibis, Longreach Waterhole, NT

Bird of the Week: Straw-necked Ibis, Longreach Waterhole, NT

Bob GosfordSep 8, 2016

A few of the birds that passed by my lens while I was camped at one end of the Longreach Waterhole just west of the small NT town of Elliott..

What was the first name for grasswrens?

What was the first name for grasswrens?

Bob GosfordAug 15, 2016

In Pitjantjatjara country we know that the local name for Rhipidura leucophrys is tjintir-tjintirpa. Even if you’re unfamiliar with the scientific name, if you’re musically inclined and have an ear for Australian bird songs, you might recognise tjintir-tjintirpa as an onomatopoeic rendition of the ratcheting call of the Willie Wagtail.

RIEL Seminar - Brown Falcon and Black Kite as propagators of fire in the Australian savanna

RIEL Seminar - Brown Falcon and Black Kite as propagators of fire in the Australian savanna

Bob GosfordAug 12, 2016

Anecdotal historical reports from qualified observers support the hypothesis that this is a hitherto-undocumented tool-using behavior that, if verified to satisfy the standards of Western ecologists, will have important ramifications for understanding pyrophytic landscape evolution as well as human-bird relationships.

Tool use in birds - on fishing Herons and Black Kites

Tool use in birds - on fishing Herons and Black Kites

Bob GosfordJun 26, 20161 Comment

"We think it is incredible this bird thought out the whole operation from catching a crab to converting into a bigger prey of a fish--and resisted the temptation to just eat the crab," Suzanne Hills and Chris Cromey.

Camp Dogs of the Week: AMRRIC's Kalumburu Vet and Education Program needs your doggy donations

Camp Dogs of the Week: AMRRIC's Kalumburu Vet and Education Program needs your doggy donations

Bob GosfordApr 14, 2016

Veterinary programs improve the health of dogs, so that they are less prone to parasites and have better body condition. Desexed animals live longer and healthier lives. Through surgical desexing, we prevent unwanted puppies; fewer dogs means less competition for food.

Why Malheur NWR matters and

Why Malheur NWR matters and "armed, out of state militia groups" don't

Bob GosfordJan 5, 20162 Comments

The occupation of Malheur by armed, out of state militia groups puts one of America’s most important wildlife refuges at risk. It violates the most basic principles of the Public Trust Doctrine and holds hostage public lands and public resources to serve the very narrow political agenda of the occupiers. The occupiers have used the flimsiest of pretexts to justify their actions.

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