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Kirrama Rainforest Field Trip

My zoology class (ZL3042, Rainforest Populations and Communities), went on a 4 day field trip to Kirrama (a little northwest of Cardwell, Queensland which is north of Townsville).  We did things including a bird walk, dawn chorus (listening to the birds in the rainforest at dawn), mist netting, habitat classification, reptiling, radio tracking, small mammal trapping, frogging, and spotlighting.  It was really cool and I learned quite a bit since it was real life and not just lectures in a stupid classroom.  It was fun too, doing all this stuff and meeting more people and sitting around the campfire at night talking.  We saw and caught lots of cool creatures.  We didn't find the taipan (world's most dangerous and poisonous snake) that was caught in the field station backyard a few weeks earlier.  Some of these photos were taken by me and some by Amy (we were in different groups so may have seen some different things at different times, etc.).

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brown tree snake curled up


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brown  tree snake on ground

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brown tree snake in tree

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bird in tree

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red brown finch we caught in mist nets

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taking birds out of mist nets

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isaac helping put up mist nets

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green eyed tree frog (littoria genimaculata) stalking a cricket

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danni going to catch a frog that was spotlighted

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green eye tree frog looking at me

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green eyed tree frog (this background pic)

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someone holding a green eyed tree frog

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large fishing spider on bank

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isaac was trying to compare pencil size to the spider but it jumped away

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big spider again on ground (we could see tons of spider twinkly blue eyeshine)

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checking bat harp nets, only frogs on it though

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mixophyes shevilli (barred frogs)

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picking up tin looking for reptiles

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steve caught a small eyed snake (poisonous)

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lindsey (not same lindsey as other pages) getting bitten on the finger by a gecko

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jen id-ing an amethystine python

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bird (this should have been above w/ the birds, oh well)

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theresa holding and id-ing a large skink

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steve holding the small eyed snake he caught

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lace monitor lizard on the tree (about 4 feet long)

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lace monitor again

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amy holding skink

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radio tracking

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jo and euan with a rat

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melomys rat

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letting rat go

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rat in cage

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young white tail rat in tree

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tree across road that we had to take off before we could continue

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tree off road

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people swimming in the creek (our only way to bathe)

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playing teeter totter on the log across a log over the creek


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stinging tree (do not ever touch...very bad)

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little worm

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burned forest (recent fires)

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termite mound in burned forest

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wrinkley tree (kaurie pine)

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JCU white vehicle (one of 9 we took on the trip...trucks, utes, vans)

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ben is sleeping in the hammock

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our tent

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JCU field station

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ppl hanging out back

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campfire area

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back side of field station


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toilet facilities (yes, only two walls)

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inside of toilet area

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looking out while sitting on toilet

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driving back

This background I took when out frogging at night.  It is a littoria genimaculata (green eyed tree frog).

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