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January 29, 2010

Jugiong on the Murrumbidgee

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Jugiong – Murrumbidgee River

I am on my trek to the South-west of New South Wales. I am heading for Robinvale, on the Murray River, near Mildura. I started out from Newcastle after topping up my phone credit and getting an antenna for my wireless broadband dongle. Hopefully now I might get a better signal out in the bush and can post without having to go into the nearest big town. I didn’t get very far before I had to have a snooze the other side of Sydney. Then I kept going until Goulburn where I fuelled up and headed south along the Hume Highway.

I had a stop at Jugiong which is a tiny little village on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. There wasn’t much around, just the obligatory Superb Fairy-wrens.

male Superb Fairy-wren
Superb Fairy-wren, male (Malurus cyaneus)

I did hear what I thought were some Purple Swamphens. Or they could have been Dusky Moorhens, I am not real sure about that. There was also a Pied Currawong, a mob of Galahs on the fields, some raucous Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, and a couple of magpies. I did also surprise a White-faced Heron down by the river bank when I went down to have a look.

With not much in the way of birds, I thought I might just take some photos of the Water Striders. These insects are often found floating on still water. The long thin legs of the Water Strider help to spread out their weight. The surface of the water bends into small dips around the end of each leg, but does not break. They communicate with each other by making vibrations and ripples on the water’s surface. They are also called a Pond Skater.
Their taxonomy classification is : Order: Hemiptera, Infraorder: Gerromorpha, Family: Gerridae.

Water Strider
Water Strider (Aquarius antigone)

Sources: “Visual Factfinder: Bugs” by Bardfield Press, anbg.gov.au

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