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Friday, 23 March

07:00

Jen Cloher Tour Concerts & Gig Guide in Castlemaine

Thursday 22nd Mar, 8.00pm, Theatre Royal
Castlemaine

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Saturday, 13 January

08:27

Historical marker Natural Newstead

Calm evenings are a wonderful time to visit Cairn Curran. This set was observed as I sat above the reservoir at Joyces Creek earlier in the week. The site is traced by a ragged line of dead River Red-gums that mark the original course of the creek a reminder of a past landscape.

Looking north-east along the original course of Joyces Creek, 10th January 2018.

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Friday, 12 January

14:10

Funds, Funding, Fundraising in the garden

Fundraising is a perpetual issue for volunteer community groups and the garden is no exception.  The water bill is our major annual outlay, and then theres the rent for the land, maintenance and upkeep, and inputs mulch, etc. Not small change. In the past weve done dinners, workshops, open gardens, etc.  as well as Continue reading Funds, Funding, Fundraising

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The importance of a good technique Natural Newstead

The highlight of a short excursion this morning to the Rise and Shine was observing a flock of Varied Sittellas foraging for insects.

These small, bark feeding specialists are handsome birds, especially when you see the splash of orange across their extended wings. Ive watched them feeding many times but was fascinated to see a couple of the birds repeatedly flicking both wings simultaneously to disturb insects. This technique is commonly used by a number of insectivorous species the Grey Fantail and Willie Wagtail come immediately to mind, but is not commonly seen with sittellas.

According to Joseph and Olsen (2011) The birds zig-zag actively up and down the trunk and along branches with a rocking horse motion, probing and levering the bark with their upturned bills and occasionally flickering one wing, probably to flush cryptic prey.

It worked very effectively  this morning as the birds were having some success in dislodging insects. Id be interested to hear from any folks who have observed this behaviour in Varied Sittellas.

Varied Sittella, Rise and Shine, 11th January 2018

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Thursday, 11 January

08:00

January 11 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


1800 - Convict transport Minerva arrived at Port Jackson with 188 convicts. Also on board were Catholic Priest, Father James Harold, 'General' Joseph Holt and Lieut William Cox. 
On the same day, Thynne, under charter to officers of the NSW Corps, arrives from Bengal with a large quantity of spirits for sale in the colony.

1830 - Thomas Finley was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of overseer Edward Walsh at Bathurst.

1830 - John Mayo was Hanged at Hobart Gaol for the murder of James Bailey at Port Macquarie.

1837 - Colonel Light stood upon the hill and surveyed Adelaide...or rather, what was about to become Adelaide, once he'd surveyed her credentials rather closely and laid her out, so to speak.

1840 - Murderous bastard Angus McMillan and his party set out from Tambo River, Vic, to explore previously unknown areas of what is now known as Gippsland. They discovered the Gippsland lake system including its major tributary rivers when not busy killing GunaiKurnai people.

1841 - Opera glasses to the fore, ladies ! The Queen's Theatre opened in Gilles Arcade in Adelaide.

1857 - Land goes on sale in Nowra, NSW.

1858 - Lasting a mere 5 months today witnessed the first issue of the Melbourne Evening Mail.

1865 - In Ballarat afire on  Main Road  destroyed 60 premises.

1865 - Charleville, Qld, was gazetted as a town.

1866 - SS London, en route to Melbourne from Britain, sank in the Bay of Biscay; 244 passengers and crew drowned, including actor GV Brooke.

1867 - Northern Territory's Escape Cliffs settlement was abandoned; its inhabitants returned to Adelaide.

1867 - Sir Stuart Alexander Donaldson, first Premier of NSW, died, age 54.

1874 - Colonel Peter Warburton completed his gruelling nine-month crossing of the Great Sandy Desert.

1887 - Unemployment reached its highest ever level in the midst of an economic depression.

1896 - Today saw the end of the horrific 13 day heatwave that had swept over NSW, averaging temps of 47 degre...

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