Backyard Buddies

Photo: Pierre Pouliquin

B-mail November 2018

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Male Gang-gang Cockatoos are easily distinguished by their wispy red crest which looks like a feather duster, whereas the females are a rather duller grey colour. They spend most of their day feeding in trees and sometimes forage on the ground for fallen fruits or pine cones. During the last month of winter, keep an eye out for them in the south-eastern parts of Australia (including Victoria, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, and South Australia) as they are most commonly found here after their breeding season. Read more...

Shingleback Lizard


Although Shingleback Lizards lead a fairly solitary life, they spend up to 75% of their time with partners from September to November. Shingleback males often pursue partners quite aggressively and fights can sometimes break out as they attempt to prove their dominance. They have rough, bumpy skin and flash their dark blue tongues to scare off predators. It’s possible for them to survive for months without food as they can use the fat stored in their tails. Read more...

Christmas Bells


As their name suggests, Christmas Bells have beautiful yellow or red bell-shaped flowers. If you’ve ever thought about growing flowers in your backyard, they would be a good option as there’s bound to be one that will thrive in your garden due to different soil and climate requirements of each species. They flower during late spring and summer, and while the small leaves can resemble weeds when not in flower, make sure you don’t throw them away as they will flower again the following spring! Read more...

In Our Big Backyard


It's frightening, but true... a third of all the world's seagrasses have been lost in just a single human generation! Read more...