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Drought Conditions

Posted Tuesday 18th August 2009 at 00:48 by Francis Duggan
Above the stony brown paddocks the swallows they chirp as they fly
It hasn't rained here for a few months and not a rain cloud in the sky
The sheep and their lambs looking skinny the hard ground too bare and dry for grass to grow
The creek it is down to a trickle for late Spring it does seem so low.

The farmer he doesn't seem happy what we need he says is a week's rain
But wishing and praying never do make things happen and hoping is hoping in vain
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A November Night

Posted Tuesday 18th August 2009 at 00:45 by Francis Duggan
The sky is not as dark as I thought it might be though the moon it is not out tonight
Whilst on the gums in the nearby Parkland brush tail possums snarl and fight
And in the roadside drain the tiny frogs are singing their songs only tell us of rain
How they can detect a subtle change in the weather is beyond someone like me to explain.

A night in late Spring in November with only a very slight breeze
A boobook owl nearby is calling as he searches for small...
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8/16/09 - North of Saddle Road, 19 Mile Area

Posted Monday 17th August 2009 at 20:39 by bkrownd
Updated Monday 17th August 2009 at 20:49 by bkrownd
I returned to the same area North of Saddle Road, across from Kaumana Trail. I wasn't particularly early so I just started to explore upslope West of the hunting trails. I got to about 400 meters southwest of the main trail. The pig disturbance was variable depending on the terrain, and the understory wasn't as intact as the trail area. I found scattered 'anini trees and a couple 'ohe mauka trees. More amauropelta ferns. A large population of cyrtandra lysiosepala. Some huge 'oha wai trees...
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The weekend

Posted Monday 17th August 2009 at 08:58 by Stoggler
Updated Monday 2nd November 2009 at 14:56 by Stoggler
On Saturday I was part of a group of about 50 people doing a sponsored walk (along with my dad) for 4Sight, a West Sussex charity that offers support for over 2,500 blind and partially-sighted people.

The walk was mostly on the land of the Angmering Park Estate near Arundel and had some good birding opportunities. My dad and I took our bins with us and they got used a lot!

Saw my first ever hare, running across the path in front of everyone in the group. A number...
Getting to grips with young gulls
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He Will Return To Duhallow

Posted Monday 17th August 2009 at 01:38 by Francis Duggan
His accent is rare in this City a migrant from old Duhallow
He comes from that fertile green Countryside where the waters of Araglen flow
On it's journey to the Blackwater through old fields and by many a hedgerow
Through places made famous by long deceased writers going back many Seasons ago,
In the Cullen pubs his was a well known face where he drunk many a guinness and beer
But to his present surroundings he is a virtual stranger since Cullen is a long way from...
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