Monday, April 23, 2012

DISCOVERY OF GOLD IN THE STREETS OF QUEANBEYAN


Another article proclaiming the discovery of gold in the district. This time Queanbeyan. If you live in Canberra's neighbouring New South Wales city of Queanbeyan you might have a fortune sitting right in front of your home. Apparently gold was literally discovered  in the street about 150 years ago. It's a find by a bloke named Bates...

Queanbeyan Age and General Advertiser - Thursday 6 June 1861



Seems today to be right next to the Golf club...

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

NAMADGI BANDICOOT?

I had set a camera out 4 days ago in Namadgi and a friend, Andrew, set his. It then proceeded to rain off and on for the next 4 days and after looking at the forecast for the next week we decided to bring the cameras in and reset them again in better weather.I have found that in rainy weather nothing much is captured but I may be changing my opinion.

My camera recorded nothing. But Andrew's captured what I thought was a large rabbit or a small hare. I seem often to get at least one obscure picture to try and decipher. The rabbit theory came under doubt by the shape of the ears which seemed too mouse like to be hare or rabbit. My friend suggested a bandicoot and I replied I didn't know we had bandicoots...


I Googled to see if they are found here in the ACT but the only half decent info was a NSW Parks endangered wildlife info on the Southern Brown Bandicoot. This indicated a distribution along the east coast coastal ranges and quite a few national parks have them indicated but I could find no references to the Australian Capital Territory as evidenced by the distribution map...

The image below was captured at 6:25 pm on 19/4/12



Anyway it is what it is, another one for the I don't know collection.  I can't see a rodent like tail so that's one for a bunny so it could be just a large, small eared rabbit or small, small eared hare...

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

DISCOVERY OF LAKE GEORGE


I thought this was interesting. A report dated 1919 but referencing the discovery of Lake George near Canberra in the previous century. It gives a bit of an indication of the water level during the 19th century from the time it was discovered. For those that don't know about this large lake it has a reputation for drying out for long periods of years only to fill seemingly overnight at its own whim...

The lake has a bit of mystery to it. I can remember my parents telling me some cadets from Duntroon went missing whilst rowing during what must have been the 1950's and of course there is the urban myth that another lake in China or New Zealand empties and fills in sync...

Queanbeyan Age and Queanbeyan Observer - Tuesday 18 March 1919



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Monday, April 16, 2012

SMOKER'S TRAIL NAMADGI WILDLIFE

Back from Namadgi where I left a camera pointing up a worn animal trail near Smoker's Flat for a week. Nothing particularily different from any of the other trails 'off the beaten tracks' so probably a good time-frame to gauge wildlife activity in the area. A freind had set two other cameras nearby and the plan was to catch wildlife in two opposing broadsides with my camera looking up the track.

Unfortunately there was a problem with the other two cameras with both failing within days and nothing much came from them. All up the lil Acorn captured 50 images and 25 ten second videos. The worthwhile ones are below...


The photos captured as a timeline I think paints a picture... a seven day snapshot of a nondescript track in Namadgi. All the images below are time and date stamped and will enlarge to actual size if clicked. A bit novel in the unit is the inclusion of a temperature at the time of each photograph.

So... out of the 50 images it started with a Currawong on Tuesday...


On Wednesday a black and beige/brown spotted feral pig wandered through. This comes as no surprise to me as I had seen a few nearby a few months ago. This particular porker was walking quite quickly as the camera takes 1 second after triggering to snap 2 pictures in succession...


By the second photo he had passed under the fallen tree branch. The video activated after the second photo and just captured the animal's exit in the first few seconds...


Thursday... Captured, more so in the video, are some largish eastern greys travelling through away from he camera...


One stops for a look around...


Friday saw another series of a very photogenic currawong. I won't bore you with all of them...


Saturday at 9:13 am some more passing Kangaroos also heading up the trail away from the camera...



Now, the last photo of interest... It seems I have another entry to the cryptic Namadgi photo Collection. (First entry on the left). The best suggestion from that one was a blond billy goats beard.

To explain how I have the camera set up it detects... waits 1 second... captures 2 images in succession followed by 10 seconds of video. The camera then resets 1 minute after last activation.

The animal in the following photo came through, same day, at 3 PM on the 14th (Saturday). I'm presuming, and I could be wrong that it is travelling forward up the track away from the camera... This however does not explain why there wasn't a second photo and a following video. There is not...


I've enlarged the photo. The only other conclusion I could draw is it is coming down the track towards the camera. Again to do this it should have triggered the camera well before the camera, such as the pig photos. Again it did not and I can't detect the tail of an exiting animal...


Of course, as I suspect it is in the case of the blond haired animal, it could have entered the feild of view of the camera, turned, and went out of view. Fox? Echidna? Regardless I can't put my finger on what it is and what it was doing?

So... I learned a lot about positioning the camera and the angle this time is an interesting perspective I think. In hindsight I should have pointed the camera the opposite direction. I seem also to get better results when I place the camera 'watching' a trail from the sidelines than placing it head on as in this series.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

NAMADGI STICK INSECT


Just spent the afternoon and night setting up 3 heat and motion sensing cameras around Smoker's Flat in Namadgi. The plan is to leave them there for two weeks. The weather was simply delightful and the evening crisp and still. So still in fact that the return journey on the full moon lit trail was a little eerie. Not a sound.

Earlier in the day we met up with an interesting stick insect at the Smoker's Trail car park. First noted on my mate's hat it went on to display its blue wings and when released showed just how well it could meld and disappear amongst a nearby group of twigs.

It interested me enough to want to know its name but alas Google these past few hours has been unable to help me. I took some video...


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Sunday, April 1, 2012

CORIN FOREST TRAIL CAMERA


I set a trail camera out in Namadgi (a few km east of Corin Forest) four days ago. I was expecting some footage of feral pigs actually as I'd seen them near the creek before. The area is signposted as having been baited so this may simply be a sign of that programs effectiveness.

I did manage to capture a few very cute forest inhabitants and one most perplexing picture. Frankly I have no idea on what i could be but it appears to look like long groomed hair. The camera was set to take one picture followed by 10 seconds of video. No video was captured after the photo suggesting that whatever it was only entered the field of view briefly.

Anyway... you may know what it is.


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