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Below – photos of water dragons observed on my morning walk to work. I love the photo with the two dragons, one lying on a tree stump by the waters edge and a smaller dragon on a concrete block close by. Fascinating to observe how individual dragons lie on logs, like the one observed.

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This morning on the lake, I observed a pair of Purple Swamphens and four to five chicks walking upon the lilypads. The chicks were covered in black downy feathers, had white beaks and the wings appeared to be featherless. The chicks appeared to squawk at the parents and they bent down to feed them. As another bird flew past, one of the parents ran in the direction of the bird, ready to defend the chicks. What a wonder sight to see!

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I observed a water dragon near the lake edge on my afternoon walk to catch the bus after work.

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Photos of water dragons observed near the lakes on my morning walk to work. I observed a number of times, different sized dragons perched on a tree stump near the waters edge.

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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The new Boeing 787 Dreamliner can carry about 250 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2012. If it were a Dreamliner, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Over 2000 views

I was very chuffed to find that my blog had passed the 2000 views milestone today. Thanks to all that have viewed and commented on my blog.

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Twice this week I observed an Oriental Darter Anhinga melanogaster perched on an inlet pipe covered with mesh and on which a moorhen nest had been built. I watched the birds spread their wings like cormorants and stretch their long snake-like necks.

Identification source – Gondwananet – Australian Pelicans (and cormorants)
http://www.gondwananet.com/australian-animals-birds-pelicans-cormorants-darters.html

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The other week, while on my morning walk to work, I observed 6 little black cormorants perched on two adjacent light poles. The black birds were silhouetted against the grey sky. In the photos below, you can even make out one individual stretching its long neck.

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The other day, I observed a total of 13 Little Black Cormorants (swimming and flying together) on my morning walk to work. I watched the birds duck and dive almost in unison, then watched the birds take flight and land on another nearby lake and in a tree. I also watched one lone individual land on an inlet pipe covered with mesh. On the mesh covered pipe was already perched an Oriental darter, with its wings spread wide in the sun. The darter lunged for the cormorant and it took off in the direction of where the other Little Black Cormorants were located.

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Not science related, but a personal and feminist perspective on Playboy Magazine. A bit of self promotion!

Lipstick On My Lab Coat

I was in two minds over clicking the ‘like’ button on the Facebook page of Playboy Magazine a few weeks ago. On one hand, I like how women are depicted in the magazine and its presentation. On the other hand, as a feminist, I am opposed to the objectification of women for men that appears to be presented by the magazine.

I like the style of photography and presentation of the magazine. There is a classiness to it as opposed to other more pornographic mens magazines. I am a big fan and greater admirer of some of the Pin-Up girl artists who have contributed to the magazine over the years (Alberto Vargas and Olivia De Berardinis). These artists speak of pure admiration and wonder at the beauty of the female form, and present their work in this way. No exploitation or degradation.

I also like the fact that when the…

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