Fly – To Whom We Dedicate the Aussie Salute

The great Aussie salute has been devoted to the fly. Swarms of these pestiferous insects have been behind the development of the swaggie’s hat with hanging corks designed to deter them.  Strips of sticky paper, complete with an assortment of dead and writhing victims, is a vintage outback, pioneering symbol …

Frilled Neck Lizard

These lizards look really fierce and intimidating when they raise their hoods and hiss!  The purpose of this hood seems to be not only to deter predators, but to regulate body heat. You’re not opening your mouth too much, are you?! If so, you may seem as intimidating to those …

Frog

Frogs are found the world over.  Their relationship with water traditionally links them with the emotions, and the majority of the many native species live in areas which have a reasonable yearly rainfall.  Some frogs have adapted to living in the desert, breeding when opportunity favours it. They mostly live …

Galah

If someone is acting the Galah, they are up to some rather silly antics!  Galahs can be seen in large flocks, in trees, feeding on the ground, or caged as a pet.  They are very fond of aerobatic displays, pinks and greys alternatively flashing against the brilliant blue skies.  They …

Gecko

According to folk lore, these pretty reptiles are considered very lucky to have around, and should not be disturbed. In a well-known Dreaming about Gecko, he fights a giant dingo[1].  Gecko ties some string around his tail to give him courage (to keep his anus closed – this concept has …

Gliding Possum

There are six species of Glider. The largest, the great glider, is the size of a small cat and the smallest, the feathertail glider, weighs about fifteen grams and is smaller than a mouse. Possum’s diet consists mostly of tree sap, insects, buds, blossoms and fruit. They are well-known for …

Goanna

Goanna appears to be a corruption of the word ‘iguana’ and the term is only applied in Australia.  Goanna has made its way into Australian folklore and bush colloquialism.  They certainly have some strange characteristics.  One comic image of Goanna is running, lifting his front legs from the ground with …

Hawk

These beautiful proud birds of prey soar the skies, handsome and powerful.  Hawks, especially the whistling kite, are a common sight along the coast of Australia as well as inland.  When they swoop down to their prey, they plummet from the sky, unstoppable and direct to their target. Others will …

Ibis

Much maligned, Ibis are almost ubiquitous in parts of Australia. These birds are very similar in appearance to the sacred Egyptian Ibis. Three species are found in Australia, the Straw-necked Ibis being the most common and unique to this country. To agriculturalists, ibises are regarded as one of the most …

Jabiru

Australia’s only true stork, this attractive black and white bird stands an impressive 1.5 metres tall.  It’s large, powerful beak has been attributed to a spearing in the Dreaming, which also resulted in the bird staying around water to avoid its protagonist. “Jabiru” is not an Aboriginal word; it comes …