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Australian Pelican: A magnificent flyer

“Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds more than his belican. He can take in his beak Enough food for a week. But I’m darned if I know how the helican.” Dixon Lanier Merritt I lived in Florida in the US for over 23 years and became extremely familiar with Brown Pelicans […]

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Pale-headed Rosella: one gorgeous little bird

  Have you ever been walking through the woods and seen a bird, animal, or flower that just stopped you in your tracks? I had an experience like that in Northern Queensland. We had stopped at a camping area near Mt Carbine to look for birds in the dry forests in the area. For half […]

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Saltwater Crocodile: What do these words bring to you?

Saltwater crocodile: what goes through your mind when you hear these words spoken: Maybe man-eater, vicious, cold-blooded killer, scary reptile, tropical Australia, or maybe Crocodile Dundee movies? For me, I think magnificent crocodilian, prehistoric predator, an animal from the time of dinosaurs, and oh, do I want to see one in the wild. As I […]

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Laughing Kookaburra: a Stunning Member of the Kingfisher Family

When I was young, I loved going downstairs on Saturday mornings in mid-winter to watch Tarzan movies. Johnny Weissmuller’s call would reverberate through the house to my mother’s vexation. In my pajamas, I would curl up in a blanket on the floor in front of our black and white TV and become engrossed in the […]

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