Barramundi

Barramundi in glass by Dr Sawfish

Art glass process – Barramundi by Dr Sawfish  Barramundi Love If you love the taste of Barramundi, you might like to know that you are consuming the flesh of an archetypal lover! In the Dreaming[1] two lovers who are not allowed to be together according to tribal law, run away together. …

Cormorant (or Shag)

The name cormorant comes from old French and translates as ‘sea raven.’ These plain black or black and white land birds are very fond of fish. Only one species (the Black-Faced Cormorant) of the five found here is regarded as a seabird. Lacking the natural waterproofing, and hence buoyancy, that …

Crab

In a Dreaming from Northern Australia[1], Crab was a cannibal and her tribe buried her alive as punishment.  A spirit Crow stood over the hole, awaiting her emergence to mete out the death she deserved.  Crab prepared herself for Crow’s attack and through her magic grew a hard shell.  When …

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 …

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 …

Sandpiper

Sandpipers are found almost worldwide. Our ‘Aussie’ sandpipers hail from the icy winters of Asia or the northern hemisphere where food is plenty, then back here for a feast. One of the most common, the curlew sandpiper comes from arctic Siberia. In a Dreaming from north-eastern New South Wales (and …

Turtle

Tortoises and turtles are found the world over and have been around for millions of years. In this guide, I refer to either as turtle because it can be very difficult to tell the difference between the two. Some species of both are endangered and highlight the importance of conservation, …