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What

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 17, 2019 11:48 AM ACDT

Description

Given the location, I had originally thought this might be a Pigeon ... they nest in the coastal cliffs in this area.
However the prominent yellow gape flanges and the feet configuration make a Starling the more likely taxon (I think).

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What

Mulloway Argyrosomus japonicus

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 16, 2019 12:12 PM ACDT

Description

Discarded in a public rubbish bin ... in a hard-plastic industrial bucket too!

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Observer

wamoz

Date

November 16, 2019 11:14 AM ACDT

Description

Nothing particularly unusual about the species, but I love degraded specimens like this that reveal the underlying colours in the shell.

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What

Desert Quandong Santalum acuminatum

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 14, 2019 06:14 PM ACDT

Description

Mature tree with host gum behind it. Fruit just starting to form (image #2)
From the 'Quandong Capital' of the world ;-)

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What

Common Bluetongue Tiliqua scincoides

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 11, 2019 11:29 AM ACDT

Description

I wasn't quick enough with the camera and once it had found the sanctuary of these grasses, it wasn't about to come out for another look!

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What

Sea Squirts Class Ascidiacea

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 10, 2019 12:29 PM ACDT

Description

This was somewhat similar to the Sea Pork but sufficiently different in colour and form form me to go generic Ascidian as a starting point.

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What

Australian Horse Conch Australaria australasia

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 10, 2019 12:06 PM ACDT

Description

Stranded but apparently alive still - pitched it back into the water.

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Observer

wamoz

Date

November 10, 2019 11:51 AM ACDT

Description

This would be easily the largest 'snail-form' shell I've found in this area.
I've based the ID on a recent dialogue between Matt and Mike ... the pattern on the shell is visually similar - see https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/35364740.
I guess the level of degradation may not make a positive ID possible.

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What

Sea Pork Genus Aplidium

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 10, 2019 11:49 AM ACDT

Description

One of several colonial Ascidia that have appeared in recent days.

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What

Southern Reef Squid Sepioteuthis australis

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 9, 2019 11:35 AM ACDT

Description

Numerous clumps washed-up after recent rough weather.

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Observer

wamoz

Date

November 9, 2019 11:30 AM ACDT

Description

I have no idea! Doesn't seem like a plant ... sponge, algae ... ?
I don't recall having come across it before.

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What

Sea Squirts Class Ascidiacea

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 9, 2019 11:27 AM ACDT

Description

I thought this may have been a sponge but the complex/varied internal structure doesn't suggest that. Looking closely, small spots - possibly zooids - can be seen (image #4) so I've opted for a colonial Ascidian of some sort ... ?

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Observer

wamoz

Date

November 9, 2019 11:17 AM ACDT

Description

Basing this ID on the two visible siphons.

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What

Magpie-Lark Grallina cyanoleuca

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 2, 2019 02:41 PM ACDT

Description

The 'owner' of this backyard!

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What

Lumpy Sea Tulip Pyura gibbosa

Observer

wamoz

Date

November 1, 2019 11:07 AM ACDT

Description

There was no 'head' to confirm this ID but I'm pretty sure that's what it is.

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Observer

wamoz

Date

November 1, 2019 10:54 AM ACDT

Description

I've recorded this taxon previously but it is not washed-up frequently.

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Observer

wamoz

Date

November 1, 2019 10:45 AM ACDT

Description

There have been 'slim pickings' lately, so it was nice when this little beauty showed-up.

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What

Smooth Toadfish Tetractenos glaber

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 25, 2019 11:46 AM ACDT

Description

This little fella was lying on the beach gasping ... the sea was rough and it was probably exhausted.
When put in a sheltered pool, it showed plenty of life at first but then floated onto its side (image #3).

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What

Globefish Diodon nicthemerus

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 25, 2019 11:40 AM ACDT

Description

It's a bit late in the 'season' for these, but this is one of the few that has been 'life-like' this winter. Most have been dried, bleached skeletons for some reason.

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What

Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 19, 2019 07:14 AM ACDT

Description

Seen wandering around in a car park ... not fussed when approached by humans or dogs.
(Image by Sigrid Richter, Sellicks Beach)

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What

Common Dwarf Skink Menetia greyii

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 19, 2019 01:35 PM ACDT

Description

I thought ID'ing a Skink would be reasonably straight-forward ... clearly not!
This amazing reference provides a wealth of information, in fact so much I wasn't prepared to make a call - https://www.samuseum.sa.gov.au/Upload/Files-Biological-Sciences/R-and-A-text/Key-to-the-Skinks-of-South-Australia-2018.pdf

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What

Oysters and Allies Order Ostreida

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 18, 2019 02:05 PM ACDT

Description

The outer surface suggests Oyster, but I don't recall our local Southern Flat Oyster having such a 'deeply 'dished' shell - hence the word 'flat' no doubt!

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What

Australian Kestrel Falco cenchroides

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 17, 2019 03:17 PM ACDT

Description

Lack of zoom limited the detail in this image but hopefully it's enough for a more precise ID.
These birds cruise the cliffs, I suspect getting lizards as their most frequent prey.

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What

Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 14, 2019 11:07 AM ACDT

Description

Based on a search of the following excellent reference, the most likely candidate seems to be A. cyanea (Blue Hawker).
http://www.dragonflypix.com/areachecklists/areacl_it_en_cl.html
(Image by Jo Orr - Meningie, South Australia)

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What

Rainbow Cale Heteroscarus acroptilus

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 15, 2019 09:54 AM ACDT

Description

This looked like a Rock Cod in 'fancy dress', but it is a visual match with other Odacidae obs on iNat.

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What

Italian Wall Lizard Podarcis siculus

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 10, 2019 11:14 AM ACDT

Description

This particularly fine specimen in Rome caught my eye.

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What

Hooded Crow Corvus cornix

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 10, 2019 11:09 AM ACDT

Description

We saw many of these birds, but one in particular in this park in Rome was interesting to watch.
It was trying to open a hard nut of some sort and repeatedly flew high to drop the nut. On some occasions, it made a 'dive bombing' flight downwards keeping a close watch on the nut after dropping it.

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What

Italian Wall Lizard Podarcis siculus

Observer

wamoz

Date

September 26, 2019 10:26 PM ACST

Description

I've chosen P. muralis , however this one has green on the back like P. waglerianus.

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What

Common Wall Lizard Podarcis muralis

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 5, 2019 10:47 PM ACST

Description

Two examples, the second with a big juicy caterpillar in its mouth.

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What

Gilled Mushrooms Order Agaricales

Observer

wamoz

Date

October 4, 2019 01:19 AM ACST

Description

Another variety of European mushroom/toadstool.

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