Friday, June 28, 2013


I just spoke with local Anglican Rev. Jeremy Tonks at Winterfest's street party. We discussed the deluge of rain we've endured. Jeremy told me he's recorded eleven inches since last Monday. That's a fair whack. My rain gauge overflowed days back. The backyard is a quagmire. There should be duckboards, broken trees, barbed wire, men in gas masks. Still, the conditions brought a Pobblebonk to the house last night. LJ, June 28.

Monday, June 24, 2013


If you're planning on coming to the birding for beginners bash this weekend, dress warmly. Beanie, jacket, jumper, gloves perhaps. It's been miserable here over the weekend. The recent Winter Solstice means five weeks of cold weather. I hope the rain holds off for the 4 hrs we're out. LJ, June 24 2013.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013


In late January, I had a chat with ABC Open journo Sean O'Brien about blogging, birding, hunting and Bonnie View in Morton NP. That conversation is to be broadcast on Radio National's 'Off Track' program this coming Saturday. A podcast can be downloaded now from the RN website. Sincere thanks to Sean for his interest in my world and professionalism. I hope you enjoy the feature. LJ, June 12 2013.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


2 Greater Gliders, a Yellow-throated Scrubwren's nest and a shooting star were the highlights of 2 hrs out with Marty on the tracks to Glow Worm Glen and Dimmocks Creek car park. I was thrilled to see the Greater Gliders (dark chocolate brown and cream-toned specimens) and their distinct white eye shine. They were still, high up in eucalypts. I last saw these stunning mammals in September 2012, in Mongo National Park near Braidwood. That Mongo night I had 7 of them! Last night's Greater Gliders were the first I've recorded for the Southern Highlands. They may be moderately common in the right habitat. LJ, 11 June 2013.

Monday, June 10, 2013


I'm off spotlighting tonight with new Bundy local, bush regeneration expert and birder, Martin Filipczyk. Iffy weather. Fingers crossed we see something. Some sort of glider would be welcomed. Or a Sooty Owl. LJ, June 10 2013.