AboutI'm Stewart Macdonald, a biologist in Australia. This blog details the adventures I have tracking down wildlife (mainly reptiles).
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Category Archives: In the field
I’m in the Gulf of Carpentaria at the moment. The wet season has just started and there are critters all over the place. The flies, heat, flies, humidity, flies, mosquitoes and flies are a small price to pay.
I recently spent two weeks up at Alpha, between Emerald and Longreach. It was very hot and dry, and there wasn’t as much critter action as I’d hoped. But I still managed to find and photograph a few new things. … Continue reading
I was out at Lake Broadwater recently. A group of 11 apostlebirds (Struthidea cinerea) came to investigate me while I was eating. I set up my camera and flashes on the ground and stood a short distance away with my … Continue reading
I’ve just returned from two weeks of poking around near Dalby. Here are some pics. Reptiles/amphibians I saw but didn’t photograph are: –Diplodactylus vittatus –Pseudechis guttatus –Carlia foliorum –Limnodynastes tasmaniensis Red-bellied black snake (Pseudechis porphyriacus) found on a dirt road
Last December I assisted someone with a venomous snake handling course for the Cracow Gold Mine. We stayed at the Cracow Pub, owned by Fred Brophy. A green tree frog (Litoria caerulea) found in a post out the back of … Continue reading
In January I went out to the southern Brigalow Belt twice. Once to look for pale-headed snakes (Hoplocephalus bitorquatus) and once to look for yakka skinks (Egernia rugosa). Both trips were highly successful. The yakka skink trip turned up not … Continue reading
Recently I spent a day up at Lamington National Park with some friends of mine. We’d gone up there to look for a small, brown, nondescript species of skink called Harrisoniascincus zia. I’ve nicknamed it the Solo skink, because the … Continue reading
After leaving Kakadu, we drove north towards Humpty Doo, the town closest to Fogg Dam. We arrived in the late afternoon. The sign at the entrance to the Fogg Dam Conservation Park.