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Native species at home among the gum trees

The Blue Mountains region is home to many familiar Australian plants and animals including wildflowers, koalas, emus and wallabies. It is a place of varied habitats. Watch this clip to see wildflowers of a heath habitat, and animals of eucalypt forests and woodlands.

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Platypus at play

The platypus is an egg-laying mammal, perfectly adapted to its watery home in Australia's freshwater lakes, rivers and streams. With its streamlined body, webbed feet like paddles and broad tail, it dives and swims underwater in search of food. Catch a rare glimpse of this Australian animal in its natural habitat.

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At the peak of the Kakadu monsoon

The monsoonal rains of Kakadu are the lifeblood of the landscape, creating the floodplains and paperbark swamps that animals rely on for food and shelter. Kakadu National Park is a special place where a dramatic cycle of life and death is played out. Explore one of Australia's national treasures, Kakadu, at the peak of ...

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Diet of barking owls, 'Ninox connivens': dataset

This article from an academic science journal reports on the breeding season diet of barking owls ('Ninox connivens'). The article includes a data table showing details of the diet of a family of barking owls located in Armidale, New South Wales. The table contains information about the weight of a number of species of ...

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Lumholtz's tree kangaroo in a zoo, 1987

This is a colour photograph of a Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo looking at the camera from the branches of a tree.

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Role of sea stars

This is a colour video clip in which marine biologist Dr Miles Lamare of the University of Otago talks about the feeding behaviour and ecological niche of sea stars. It shows stills of sea stars and other echinoderms as well as video sequences showing the tube feet of a sea star and Dr Lamare at work.