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Australian Geographic March - April 2016

Australian Geographic, Australia’s premier geographic journal, brings you the best of the country from those who know it best. Discover Australia’s rich cultural heritage, its beautiful landscapes, its unique and diverse plants and wildlife, and explore outback towns and the true-blue characters who call them home.

Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
R 96,04
R 264,32
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min

The content doesn’t end with this issue of the journal. You’ll find thousands more articles, images and videos online. Discover all the stories highlighted here at: australiangeographic.com.au/issue131 Drones offer new approach to whale research Researchers are using unmanned aerial vehicles to monitor the health conditions of rebounding humpback whales in WA – with stunning results. Reader photo: Coastal carpet python This shot of a coastal carpet python, Morelia spilota mcdowelli, was taken by Brodie James from Chandler, QLD. Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition The Natural History Museum’s annual contest brings together exquisite images of wildlife and natural landscapes. ACTIVATE YOUR WEB ACCESS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT Three decades of AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC at your fingertips! Subscribers have access to all of these great features: Entire digital archive of the magazine Exclusive videos and documentary series Interactive maps 10% discount at the AG shop Membership to the Australian…

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trailblazing times

ONE OF the nerve-fraying challenges of driving around car-clogged suburban streets on a Saturday morning is that posed by sharing the road with the lycra-clad army of cyclists out for a weekend ride. Their vulnerability is heart-stoppingly apparent as they take their chances in the frenetic weekend traffic – often heavier than weekday traffic, as we all take to the road to deliver kids to sporting commitments, shop, meet friends or head off to pursue our own leisure activities. I’m frankly terrified of harming a cyclist, and, to reduce the risk, I try to avoid certain pelotonfavoured roads altogether. But although it might seem that numbers of cyclists have exploded in recent times, this isn’t actually the case, as writer Phil Jarratt discovered when he delved into his own family heritage and…

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Leila Jeffreys grew up surrounded by wildlife, in Australia and overseas, thanks to her adventurous parents. A photographer and avid birder, she began shooting portraits of birds aft er noticing how unengaged people seemed to be with these animals. Working with budgies, cockatoos and raptors, she has sought to portray native species in a way that displays their beauty and diversity, and also promotes concern for their wellbeing (page 66). Owen Li is a fisheries scientist who taught himself the art of scientific illustration while studying marine biology at James Cook University. His first project involved drawing the skull bones of butterfly and angel fish. His great interest in biology and palaeontology led him to pursue this art form, working closely with scientists to create lifelike, accurate representations of all kinds of organisms,…

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your say

MAILBAG WELCOMES FEEDBACK Send letters, including an address and phone number, to editorial@ausgeo.com.au or to Australian Geographic, GPO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 2001. Letters will be edited for length and clarity. Featured Letter WESTERN WANDERER In AG 129 you had a list of great Australian explorers. It was an oversight that you didn’t mention John Forrest. Sometimes what you don’t find is as important as what you do find, and Forrest found the limits of possible agriculture in WA. Western Australians have a right to feel slighted by the eastern states, for the exclusion of John Forrest from your list. Furthermore, he successfully crossed a desert in a drought, but did not gain the fame of the failed Burke and Wills expedition. Forrest was also the first premier of WA and a cabinet minister…

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readers’ photos

Frilly fanfare by Jannico Kelk My partner and I woke up early one morning in Darwin, just as the sun rose. As we walked through the park we saw several frill-necked lizards basking in the morning light. This one put on quite a show with the sun back-lighting his impressive frill. Swamping about by Athena Georgiou I live near Herdsman Lake, a large wetland in metropolitan Perth. I oft en go out with my camera in the late aft ernoon, making sure the light is coming from behind me. It is a meditation in itself just sitting and watching the birds at their evening ritual. Outback aerial by Geire Kami Filming at Minnie Creek, WA, in September, I flew over this incredible disused water tank. The broken windmill looks skeletal and the earth is so dry at times…

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finding our dreams

IT WAS SO cold when I captured this moonlit scene of exploration in Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, that my lens was coated with ice, requiring a minute or so to remove it between frames. I couldn’t breathe while cleaning it, because my breath would turn to ice on the lens, meaning I had to start the cleaning process again. All the while the four blokes – Robert Gaunt, Jake Anderson, Brendan Goodger and Gavin Owen – were patiently waiting for me to take the shot. Dinkum Lingo WITH FRANK POVAH Schooner PONY, BUTCHER, middy, schooner, half-handle, handle, pot: the amount these glasses held varied from state to state – but the contents were always beer, the alcoholic beverage that replaced rum early in Australia’s history and was once our most popular tipple. Schooner (the…