Where do all our Hoodies go ?

Banded Hoodie1

This fledgling  U1 was recently flagged south of Eden …. will he/she be back to that area?  Both of its parents are banded & flagged.

The Hooded Plover T1 on Tura Beach was flagged last season at Short Point and successfully fledged 2 chicks from 3 clutches [of 3 eggs each time ].These fledglings were not flagged this season.

Considering the hazards of people ,dogs,predators & waves it is probably a good average for these critically endangered birds.

Please contact us if you wish to be involved with the Shorebird Recovery program & volunteer for the winter surveys.



Angler fish or alien?

Michael McMaster caught two Angler fish this afternoon off Bar Beach Merimbula. They are a male and female and Michael thinks the female may be gravid as her stomach was very distended and pink.

If you would like to see these fish they have been taken back to the Merimbula Aquarium

Angler fish off Bar Beach Merimbula

Angler fish off Bar Beach Merimbula

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEverything seemed to come in pairs today. We also found two Ceratosoma amoena  nudibranchs and two large Hypselodorus obscuraBar Snorkel1Bar Snorkel2 nudibranchs as well as lots of Octopus . A great afternoon’s snorkel.


Panboola Bioblitz – survey bookings open!

The Panboola Bioblitz is happening on 11th & 12th April.  There are 39 surveys you can join. To sign up go to: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingDates.aspx?eid=80143

For a timetable of surveys print this document: Libmod 21st 7amPanboola BB Survey timetable   changes to Bird surveys and Fungi added

See details under the BIOBLITZ 2014 button on the Home page and if you would like to volunteer at this event please contact us. Patrick Tegart Bioblitz Co-ordinator 0449 162 594

Join us to explore, learn and record a huge number of species in a wide range of interesting habitats at Panboola. Walk with expert scientists, have fun with fellow naturalists and help us build our great database of information about our local flora and fauna.

Purple Swamp Hen1

More details on pumice visitors

Northern Invaders

On July 28th 2012 the Havre Sea Mount, an underwater volcano which is part of the Kermadec Island chain off the North Island of New Zealand erupted. Nothing unusual about that as New Zealand is volcanically very active. As this was an underwater eruption the mix of magma and steam formed millions of small rounded rocks called Pumice. Pumice is very light and floats due to the myriad of holes and cavities throughout the rock. The eruption lasted long enough to form a massive 20,000 square kilometre raft of Pumice stones which has been drifting thousands of kilometres around the Pacific ever since. There have been reports of Pumice washing ashore on Tonga and Far North Queensland and for several months now the wind and currents have been bringing it to the shores of the Far South Coast of New South Wales.

The myriad of holes throughout the Pumice form a perfect home for all manner of marine creatures that use to Pumice to hitch-hike their way around our oceans. I have been collecting, photographing and identifying these animals for the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness. Most are very new to me and all are tropical in origin and so have travelled a very long way to get here. So far I have found Anemones, Nudibranchs, Crabs, Sea Hares, Worms, Shrimps, Barnacles and Pearl Oysters. Some I have been able to identify down to species level, mainly thanks to the amazing network of friends on Facebook but some still elude me. This is primarily due to my lack of ability with a camera. Have a look at the accompanying photo album and take a closer look next time you find a piece of Pumice washed up on the shore.

Michael McMaster

Chief Curator, Merimbula Aquarium

March 11th 2014

Remeber the Fijordland penguin?

We ll here he is changing his feathers……….

Fijordland penguin in moult

Fijordland penguin in moult

Michael helps build Atlas species list

One of our great contributors to the Atlas has added yet another species that was previously unrecorded in this area.

Here is what Michael McMaster told us,

Hi Libby and Liz,
This a picture of the worms I have found on the pumice which I have just got identified by one of the groups on facebook. It is Amphinome rostrata. I have entered it on the ALCW but sadly it is not listed. When doing a Google check to verify identification I found it listed on the ALA site with 31 listings. One of the listings was of one that I had found at the mouth of the Merrica River in Nadgi back in June 2013. I had sent it off to Pat and she must have passed it onto Anna Murray who identified it and then entered it onto the ALA site. Feeling very chuffed at the moment.
Now that I have the name of the worm I will put together a piece for the Atlas and Marine Society on the pumice and all the life I have found on it.

Keep an eye on the site for further information about the continuing saga of “Life on the Pumice”

Photo Michael McMaster

Amphinome rosrata marine worm found on floating pumice Nadgee 2013

Amphinome rosrata
marine worm found on floating pumice Nadgee 2013