Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jayden Dowdle helps marine turtle in distress

On 18 November 2009 whilst looking at “Letters to the Editor” (LTE) in the Cairns Post I stumbled upon this gem by Jayden Dowdle, age 13 of Kanimbla.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Credit where credit is due!

Last wet season Ella Bay Pty Ltd had problems with runoff and silt flowing into the creeks and ocean as the following photos illustrate. It appears their silt traps were not up to the the flow off the hillsides can be awesome.
After all, this area does have one of the highest rainfalls in Australia.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Coral Sea Heritage Park - Great news for recreational fisherman!

Before I start let me say I am no ‘fish hugger’! I am a conservationist for sure but I have been passionate about recreational fishing since I was a lad! I remember saving like mad for my first ABU fishing reel when they were still hand made in Sweden and Shimano was some mob that made parts for poncy 10 speed racing bikes! Oops I owned a 10 speed racer but it was justified as I had to get to my fishing spots somehow!

The two activities, fishing and conservation are far from mutually exclusive and I know many amateur fishers who I would rate as having great attitudes towards environmental issues.

I recently noticed an ad in the Innisfail Advocate regarding the proposed Coral Sea Heritage Park. I thought it was great as in a short concise manner it gave recreational fishers some facts.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Rare Golden sleepy cod threatened by TERM sand mining in Walsh River at Dimbulah

When I started this blog I had a very clear picture in my head of the areas it would cover, Ella Bay and Bramston Beach, easy peasy! I forgot to factor in one thing….MERIT!

Today’s story is a prime example, as the area I am writing about is just less than 100 kilometres west of my home but I have a historical link with this area and it faces a threat that could wipe out an extremely rare colour form of a native Australian fish that is very important to me.
Photo by Max Wingfield.

I first want to tell you a bit about this area with maps, words, photos and links and after this I will tell you about the fish!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cairns Post reports ‘Fears over beach 4WD’ at Cowley Beach

Once again Cairns Post journalist Julie Lightfoot has beaten other regional papers to the punch and reported on the dangerous and environmentally destructive situation at Cowley Beach in her story ‘Fears over beach 4WD’ published today in the Weekend Post. My respect to the Cairns Post for reporting local news for local readers.
Click on image to enlarge.

Friday, November 20, 2009

The Ray of the Day at Ella Bay

Ella Bay’s Whiptail ray Himantura uarnak…at least that’s what I thought it was!
As I returned from a walk along Ella Bay I noticed a large dead stingray being washed around in the shallows.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Cairns Post reports….Mission Beach hit-run kills adult cassowary

Cairns Post journalist Julie Lightfoot certainly didn’t waste any time reporting the recent death of a mature Cassowary at Mission beach but then I would not expect anything less from the Cairns Post’s number one environment journalist!
It’s the same tragic killing I blogged about earlier.

However Julie is a much better wordsmith than me!

Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s mismanagement encourages dune damage at Cowley Beach

I decided to visit Cowley beach a week ago and see for myself just how bad the vehicle damage to Cowley’s coastal dunes really was.

I posted a story about Cowley Beach a few months ago "Council inaction encourages environmental abuse at Cowley Beach". Surely what I’m being told is exaggerated I thought.

In no time at all I saw firsthand that I was wrong, very wrong!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Mission beach loses another endangered Cassowary to a hit run driver

Today I received a media release from Liz Gallie and the management team at Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation (C4). It was all bad news as our region has lost another endangered southern cassowary today to a hit run driver.
Photo by Liz Gallie

People sometimes ask why I am so strongly opposed to the proposed Ella Bay urban development/resort complex and all I can say is look at the photos, read the story, and there is your answer.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Bob Irwin speaks up for Endangered Cassowaries at Mission Beach

Earlier in the week, On 7 November 2009, Cairns Post environment journalist Julie Lightfoot wrote an article about Bob Irwin’s visit to Mission Beach: "Steve Irwin’s dad joins cassowary fight".

Just in case you are one of the 5 people on this planet who don’t know, Bob Irwin is the father of the late Steve Irwin “The Crocodile Hunter”.
Photo by Julie Lightfoot from Cairns Post.

Bob is committed to wildlife and conservation and has put his weight behind many campaigns to protect threatened wildlife and habitats. I applaud him for doing his bit to help our endangered southern cassowary at Mission Beach.

Today I read another article in the Cairns Post about Bob Irwin that I would like to share with you.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Saw-shelled turtles living next to Ella Bay Road

After a walk at Ella Bay I stopped near a creek on the Ella Bay Road to fish watch and relax before leaving for home.
Whilst looking into a creek on the western side of the Ella Bay Road I spotted something unusual and decided to have a closer look.

Monday, November 9, 2009

CAFNEC screening of 'The End of the Line' -.Brilliant!

Well the big night finally arrived! On Friday 6 November Cairns And Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) and End Credits Film Club presented "The End of the Line" a film by Rupert Murray.
Prior to the start of the show I got to check out the great display CAFNEC had assembled in the foyer. Fortunately I arrived early and could get some photos before a few hundred people were blocking my shots!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Torres Imperial-pigeons along the Ella Bay Road

A fortnight ago, after a long walk at Ella Bay I chanced upon a flock of Torres Imperial-pigeons Ducula spilorrhoa. They were feeding amongst the tree tops near the car park on the Ella Bay Road.

As I approached they were wheeling in and out amongst the trees so you have to excuse the quality of my photographs! I snapped off a few quick insurance shots before I even recognised what sort of birds they were.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Cassowary Fruits along the Ella Bay Road

Ok I know I have been promising a story on the Cassowary Plum Cerbera floribunda but this is the story before that story!
Before I start I want to give a warning. Many rainforest fruits despite looking very handsome are in fact very toxic. Please don’t eat any rainforest fruit unless you absolutely positively know what you are doing. Here endeth the warning!

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