As Robocop is my favourite film I couldn’t resist drawing myself with Ed 209 (Edd 209 in my case!!) – my favourite robot character in the movie!
Last night I made the black outlines, and todays task is to colour it in, so I thought I would take a picture of it in black and white this morning before I start with the colour!
Working at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve I am very priviliged to encounter a variety of native animals in their natural wild habitat. One of those animals is the red belly black snake, known for it’s highly venom bite. Because of this I was fairly apprehensive about seeing one, but I knew, like with most animals, that they are more afraid of you then you are of them. And that is true, as you can observe, respect and enjoy them from a moderate distance away watching them move away into the bush…
The are a joy to watch as their black is such an amazing vibrant colour, and they can be seen on occassion swiming through the wetlands!
A couple of weeks ago I was recommended the book the ‘Secret life of Wombats’
, which fortells the story of a young boy that went into the burrows of wombats for his own personal research. This sounded an amazing concept so I had to read the book, and it is excellent.
Not only does it tell the story of the wombat boy, Peter Nicholson, but also the history of the wombat from it’s fossilised ancestry through to how the first European settlers attempted to classify it!
A very worthwhile and rewarding book!
Remember my funny fish cartoons?
Our new volunteer recruits will soon have finished all their training and become interpreters for the nature reserve. We are holding a graduation ceremony for them and so I designed the above koala and kangaroo to go on their invitations.
We have just been to Tasmania, and I must say it is a beautiful place. The landscapes change from rainforests up in Cradle Mountain to various dry desolate suburbs, where the colours change remarkably to reflect this. There was plenty of wildlife around to keep us occupied with – pademelons, possums, and even fairy penguins coming to shore at Bicheno. I was hoping to come across some Tasie Devils, but with their numbers in decline we unfortunately weren’t lucky to spot them.
However, we did see one when we visited Featherdale Wildlife Park in Sydney, and here is a picture of him:
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Since I saw the cross fostering operation at Tidbinbilla where I work, I have been wondering how the Southern Brush Tail Wallaby knows that he/she is a Brush Tail and not a Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby like it’s Foster mother.
Well, at the weekend I joined our volunteer’s training program and got a look behind the scenes at the Captive Breeding Building where the foster wallabys are with their fostered joeys.
Hear I heard that when the joeys leave their foster mother’s pouch, the staff collect the joeys and place them altogether in their own enclosure. That way all the Brush Tails are together and all grow up together, so have no lingering thoughts of being a Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby.
And the foster mother? She is now ready to take on board another Brush Tail joey and the cycle continues..
Now that I have updated my website and moved my blog over to my domain, I am waiting patiently for Google to send one of it’s GoogleBots to crawl through my website so that it can update my web’s details on Google’s search directory.