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Duplicatus – A Rare Cloud Formation

Cirrostratus Duplicatus cloud

Cirrostratus Duplicatus cloud

Duplicatus is one of the rare clouds listed in the Cloud Collectors Handbook and is assigned 25 points + 15 bonus points in the collector’s scoring table. The name Duplicatus refers to a cloud formation of different layers.

The rarity of Duplicatus clouds is not due to occurence but to […]

Possum on the Menu – Powerful Owls

Powerful Owl in tree

Powerful Owl

Powerful Owls (Ninox strenua) belong to the hawk owl group whose face is more hawk-like than the broad, rounded face traditionally associated with owls. It is large at 60-65 cm in length and adorned by stripped feathers. This species is an uncommon resident in eucalypt forests from the Dawson River in […]

Magnificent Trees – Figs

Ficus benjamina Anzac Park

Judy with a huge, spreading Ficus benjamina Anzac Park

Judy and I have met a lot of magnificent trees in our travels and it is difficult to choose a favourite group. I guess eucalypts are top of our list, but the one that takes the prize for a combination of tenacity and majesty […]

A Day at the Beach – a Cloudspotters Joy 2

Clouds over Crrumbin Beach

Beautiful day one at Currumbin

This summer’s wet made a stay at the beach pretty miserable and not conducive to cloud spotting. Our first day was sunny conning us into believing the worst of the wet had passed. Alas the wet returned the next day, but there were a few days of clear […]

Observations from my Study Window

Bearded Dragon lizard stretched out in the shade

Bearded Dragon resting in the shade

My study window with its view of the back yard and its wildlife can be quite a distraction. I often see Hares (up to three at once) and not long ago there was a Fox, large as life and in good condition. Both are surprising in an […]

Clouds and Fogs

Altocumulus clouds over Brisbane

Altocumulus clouds Brisbane

In an earlier Blog entitled “A Day at the Beach – a Cloud Spotter’s Joy” I waxed lyrical about the joys of looking up regularly to enjoy God’s screen saver. I followed this advice last Friday morning on my way to fill the car and saw a sky crammed full […]

A Day at the Beach – A Cloudspotter’s Joy

Clouds and rainbow over the sea at Currumbin

There are many things to enjoy at the beach: the sand; surf; long walks and fishing, but above all is the lovely expanse of sky with its ever changing cloudscapes. Something is always happening and the sky could be regarded as God’s screensaver.

Earlier this year Judy and I spent a few days at Currumbin […]

Animal Friendings

Brushtail Possum

Brushtail Possum

Judy and I live on the outskirts of Brisbane and are fortunate that the area still retains some of its original bushland. During our occupancy we have had the pleasure of many “friendings” by wild birds and other animals. Some have sought us out while others have shared accommodation in what […]

A Crested Pigeon with white feathers

Pale Crested Pigeon

Pale Crested Pigeon

Our garden has a number of water bowls for birds and for some years we also put out seed for doves and parrots. Initially we tried seed bells but found the Brush Tail Possums were carting them off overnight. These guys are not put off by people and will eat […]

Kookaburras clay and strange behaviour

Kookaburras excavating clay

Kookaburras excavating clay

September to November is the time when crows in our area develop the Messerschmitt twitch as nesting Kookaburras straff them relentlessly with loud screeching dives. Well screeching is a mild way of describing it as the noise is something that only a Kookaburra at full voice can produce.

The crows […]