Whale soup + more from Greencape

We just had to share a few sightings from Greencape this week when we were lucky enough to have a couple of days there. What an amazing place for wildlife sightings,particularly whales ,some close by and plenty of big splashes on camera to help us count !Here are a wildlife sightings ,not quick enough with the camera for the 2 lyrebirds running to & fro across the track . On Thursday September 25th we woke to see thousands upon thousands of shearwaters flying south as far out to the horizon as we could see. They were still passing after an hour when we had to leave. The lighthouse keeper said there had been a few sighted a couple of weeks ago, but these this week were the first big flocks. We don’t know if they are earlier than usual?

Swift footed Crab Leptograpsus variegatus

Swift footed Crab
Leptograpsus variegatus

Furseals relaxing

Furseals relaxing

Echidna  foraging

Echidna foraging

Bull Kelp holding fast

Bull Kelp holding fast

Yellow Faced honeyeater also whale watching

Yellow Faced honeyeater also whale watching

Jacky Dragon

Jacky Dragon

Tassie Museum Simon Groves – September 27th

Dr. Simon Groves, the Senior Curator of Invertebrates at the Museum of Tasmania in Hobart will be our guest speaker on Saturday 27th of September. He will be giving a presentation ” Between the Tide Lines” at 3.00 pm in the function room of the Merimbula Wharf and Aquarium restaurant. Earlier that day we are hoping to be able to join Simon on a beach near Bermagui to partake in one of his passions of collecting and identifying beached shells, something he has done since his childhood in Britain. Sunday the 28 th we hope to be able to go for a beach walk with Simon around Merimbula. Simon has also published a book The Seashells of Tasmania. He will be available to sign copies and may have some for sale.

Watch this space and contact Michael if you are interested in either of the shore visits: 0487 118 490

Rose-petalled Bubble shell

Rose-petalled Bubble shell

Michael Groves Museum of Tasmania

Michael Groves Museum of Tasmania

Spring is in the Air

Rice Flower

Rice Flower

Egg & Bacon [Aotus ericoides]

Egg & Bacon
[Aotus ericoides]

Skink

Skink

Everywhere there is evidence of Spring,lizards & snakes are already sunning themselves ,birds in breeding plumage and in pairs,water bird chicks at Bird Route no.1,bush plants flowering in profusion …….

Pied Oystercatchers

Pied Oystercatchers

Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover

a day’s sail from Eden on a venerable sailing ship, whales, birds and conservation

A rare chance to sail on a historic sailing ship. The Yukon is again on its way to Sydney and will pause for a day at Eden. If you would like to join the vessel to have a day’s sailing to look for whales, birds and learn about sea plastic pollution, call Simon Mustoe on: 0405 220830 to book.

Saturday September 20th from 10 am to around 3pm. cost $100 per person.

Yukon under sail

Yukon under sail

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Great photo competition prizes! enter your best

Taken on a rainy night at Pambula Beach. Canon 500D.

Taken on a rainy night at Pambula Beach. Canon 500D.

Hurry, only two weeks to go before the 2014 photogrpahy competition closes!

We are delighted to say we now have great prizes to offer the winner and runner up.

First prize – two night’s accommodation at Tanja Lagoon Camp in a luxurious safari tent. see www.tanjalagooncamp.com.au

Second prize – a $100 voucher for Wheeler’s Seafood Restaurant  see: www.wheelersoysters.com.au

We would love to see your images of nature. See the photo competition page galleries to see all the entries so far.

Competition closes on September 30th.

 

A Des Res for a possum

There is a lot of fresh air in the back rooms of the Aquarium and sometimes wildlife take up residence. In this instance a possum started to build a nest right over the junction of a nest of wires. This was obviously not a good idea, so Alan Scrymgeour built a couple of delightful alternatives. The possum was interested in both and brought in nesting materials to the converted gas bottle, but decided in the end that the beautifully decorated hanging basket was a finer abode. A great example of keeping everything safe whilst not disturbing the visiting wildlife – well done Alan.

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