Showing posts from July, 2013

Canberra Diaspora Competition

The Canberra Diaspora is a collection of videos from people who have links to the National Capital. If you have links to Canberra the following competition may be of interest to you... Executive Director Jeremy Lasek has asked for all Canberrans to help spread the word among family and friends who have passed through, worked or studied in Canberra...
A Canberra 100 news release

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“This competition is part of the wider project to gather stories of Canberra’s Diaspora,” Mr Lasek said. “It’s open to anyone from students, politicians, public servants, musicians or one-time visitors, who can enter by uploading a video to the Canberra Diaspora website.
“The video should tell a story about their connection to Canberra, and can also focus on parents or grandparents who have made a significant contribution to the making and growing of the nation’s capital.”
First prize includes: Return flights for two people from any capital city in AustraliaA 5-star accommodation pa…

Canberra foxes and quolls

A remote camera photographed this little feral fox last year on the Murrumbidgee River at Tharwa. I was staking out a large wombat burrow for a few weeks and discovered a definite interaction with foxes and the burrow. Interestingly in the past few years a fox has been the only animal that seemed to have detected or paid any attention to the cameras presence. They are very smart.

My interest in foxes though is spiked by the plight of our vulnerable fauna. It is a sad reality though that eradication is impossible. Every winter in the 70s and 80s we shot hundreds. Not just us but many others. A pelt in those days from the Queanbeyan skin buyer brought between $16 and $40. Then the anti-fur advocates ended the demand for feral fox skins. Every year I commented that we must be knocking the population around and every year the stats stayed static.

After the June Quoll road kill on Isabella Drive in Tuggeranong. I have been setting remote cameras in suitable selected areas. Looking at thos…

Open Day At The Cotter Dam, June 2013

Another excellent Richard Snashall production... A last look by the public at the Enlarged Cotter Dam as it has reached completion with community comments from the participants on the day...

From the ACTEW YouTube Channel

"Visitors were given a once a lifetime treat at the Enlarged Cotter Dam Open Day, held on June 23, 2013. See if you were there!"

[Documentary maker Richard Snashall works with ACTEW Water to help us capture and document the Enlarged Cotter Dam and other water security projects for our Heritage Archive.]

I still think they should put another pub out there...

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Winter views from Mount Kelly

For anyone interested in organised bushwalking in the ACT I cant praise John Evans highly enough. Out in all weathers and all terrains the information he records of Canberra’s wild places is unmatched. John’s website Johnnyboy’s Walkabout Blog is a wealth of information.
John' most recent excellent adventure was a group conquering the slopes of Mount Kelly in the ACT's south in showers & snow and recording a view from the summit. Mount Kelly is a mountain in Namadgi National Park in the southwest of the Australian Capital Territory. At about 1814m above sea level, Mount Kelly is the second highest mountain in the Australian Capital Territory.

For more information on organised bushwalking in the ACT
John's blogYouTube Channel & Twitter

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Red Hands Cave - Blue Mountains

An early start on a beautiful day and a chance taken to escape Canberra's chill. I had read of the Blue Mountain's strong links with Aboriginal heritage. I have wanted to visit a particular site of significance for a while... A walk in the Blue Mountains today near Glenbrook to Red Hands Cave...

From the signage: Red Hands Cave has great significance to all Australians today. While knowledge of the original meaning of the hands has been lost, they remain a link with the Aboriginal People who have lived on this continent for at least 40,000 years - an incredible 2000 generations.
Each hand represents a once living person, and most, if not all, were placed here before Europeans settled in the Blue Mountains. They are therefore an irreplaceable part of Australia's cultural heritage.
A first glimpse...

The securely protected cave...

A series of photos secured through the cage... (click to enlarge)

One rock in the central rear floor is coloured with ochre. Artist's palate?

Three years

I recently had need after an email to revisit the first post on this blog. I realized then that this blog had been going for over 3 years.  It started on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 after a visit to the Aboriginal grinding grooves of Theodore.

Its been a journey in the discovery of Canberra's history, heritage and natural wonders. Simply started as a way to host photos and video and share what I researched. It has turned into a collection of 572 posts occasionally sprinkled with my opinions which have also brought on challenges..

Blogger only keeps stats of page views. The blog nowadays seems to range from 8,000 to 12,000 pageviews whether I post or not. Usually on searches for Canberra's history or wildlife.

It really is an erratic picture. If we get heavy rain in Canberra posts and videos I made of the 2010 floods increase in pageviews. Same with snow. Mentions of historical sites in the media etc..

So for what its worth here are the blogger stats for 3 years.

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Tidbinbilla Lyrebird Song

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve abounds with Lyrebirds. They breed in the deep of winter. The males display their distinctive feathered tails and sing for mates. The Lyrebird is a ground dwelling bird with a unique call and ability to mimic other birds in its environment. In fact this amazing mimicking ability can extend to other domestic noises. I have heard recordings with lawnmower and chainsaw starter pulls from a bird in a south coast wildlife park.
Tidbinbilla of course lives up to its name as a nature reserve. The area I have been recording in the past few months consists of a natural gap between two hills about 6 km above the Rock Valley Homestead. The gap sits above an unnamed gully which in wet weather would be a tributary of the Tidbinbilla River. This is the scene. I have always liked the name of this gap probably named in the 19th century, ‘Devil’s Gap’. 
I set a camera and 2 recorders’ last Monday and left them there until today. As luck would have it all the necessary ingre…

Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust

"The light is fading quickly, and you switch on your torch. There is a rustle in the undergrowth. It’s too small to be a kangaroo or a wallaby. You shine your torch in the direction of the sound. Then, from behind a log, a small bettong hops towards you – oblivious to your presence. It digs a little by your feet, and then scoots into the undergrowth. As you scan the open, grassy woodland with your torch you realise that you are surrounded! Bettongs are hopping all around, digging the soil, and scratching in the leaf litter. Smaller bandicoots run between them, searching for grubs and bugs.
The woodland is teeming with life, and you have just experienced something that no-one has experienced in Canberra for nearly 100 years."
From the Media Release...

The Trust goes live!
The Capital Woodland and Wetlands Conservation Trust (The Trust) has been established to ensure the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve are sustainably managed to provide…