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One Step Closer to Fieldwork!

Coastline off of North Head at the opening of Sydney Harbour

As with all of the photos in these blog posts, be sure to hover over them to read a little more about them (what the species is, where the location is, etc..). And hurrah for me for, so far, keeping to my promise about more regular blog posts!

Long-Billed Corella roosting right outside my door
White's Tree Frog (Litoria caerulea)

It has been raining a decent amount the last few days, which will be great for when I want to get out into the field to find frogs. If it keeps up like this, I should have good luck finding frogs. I will say one thing about the weather that I don’t understand. It comes from the west. For those with any semblance of knowledge of Australia know that west of Sydney is a pretty massive desert that is pretty dry. So I have no idea where all of the moisture is coming from to fuel these storm systems.

Eastern Water Dragon (Intellagama leseurii)
The one and only natural photo I have of a Cunningham's Skink (Egernia cunninghami)

This coming Monday, I meet with my host advisor to go over my plan here. I might start sampling rather soon, but I think my efforts may be better spent waiting a little bit before I start sampling. I’d like the rains to definitely come more in earnest so that I can be guaranteed to find frogs. I’m going to be going to Tasmania in February, and I think after the conference there, it’d probably be prime time to start sampling and getting what I need done. In the meantime, I’ll be able to prep and write permits for all of the sampling. I should, at that point, be able to get a more definitive schedule for my fieldwork.

It’s slowly coming along, but I’m almost there for diving into fieldwork here!

#skink #cockatoo #corella #Sydney #WesternSydneyUniversity #research

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