Where in Canberra is this survey plate?

Where in the Australian Capital Territory is this benchmark (BM) survey marker plate (general location say within 1 km)? Original post 20 November 2016, post updated 12 December 2016. Who’s into Geocaching, do you know the precise location? Clues: Space, STS, year 1981 and the number 26   🙂 Answer:  At the former Orroral Valley Tracking…

Frilled-neck Lizard

Spotted this 20 cm (8 inch) Frilled-neck lizard on a morning walk around my suburb of Lyons and Oakey Hill Nature Reserve in Canberra, Australia’s Capital Territory. Canberra is known to Aussies as the ‘bush capital’. The frilling of the neck and the open mouth stance is a defensive mechanism to scare potential predators.  I…

Shingleback or Stumpy-tailed Lizard 

Walking at lunch today I passed this perfect specimen of the Shingleback. Length is about 350mm or 14 inches in the old scale. The shingleback lizard is native to Australia.  The name ‘Stumpy’ is from the short tail. Photos: © Copyright 2016 Andrew VK1AD Canberra is well-known as the bush capital.