Tony Wellington

Tony Wellington
Former Mayor of Noosa, author, photographer, artist, film-maker, lecturer, musician, social commentator and environmentalist.

Crying the World’s Unrest

The Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo is very large and very loud. It makes no bones about its whereabouts, gadding about in flocks of boisterous screeching friends.  In flight these birds look like they’re flapping in slow motion. Telling males from females

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The perilous life of the Pardalote

Australia has four species of Pardalote, and they occur nowhere else in the world. Here in Noosa, we enjoy both the Spotted Pardalote and the Striated Pardalote. They are only the size of a human thumb, around 8-10cms long and

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Swanning about in the gender pool

There are numerous historical examples of how the once male-dominated world of biological sciences imposed its gender bias onto the animal kingdom. One only has to go back a couple of decades to find examples where scientists were blind to

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Cool as an Azure

The Azure Kingfisher is a dazzlingly beautiful creature. That’s one reason why I just can’t seem to stop myself from photographing them. Mind you, this is a very shy bird that doesn’t like to be watched, so getting a good

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Noosa: the great irony

The great irony for tourism destinations goes like this: the more you make a place wonderful, both to live and visit, the more you attract people that will ultimately undermine the very qualities that make the location so appealing. Noosa

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Crying the World’s Unrest

The Yellow-Tailed Black Cockatoo is very large and very loud. It makes no bones about its whereabouts, gadding about in flocks of boisterous screeching friends.  In flight these birds look like they’re flapping in slow motion. Telling males from females

Read More »

The perilous life of the Pardalote

Australia has four species of Pardalote, and they occur nowhere else in the world. Here in Noosa, we enjoy both the Spotted Pardalote and the Striated Pardalote. They are only the size of a human thumb, around 8-10cms long and

Read More »

Swanning about in the gender pool

There are numerous historical examples of how the once male-dominated world of biological sciences imposed its gender bias onto the animal kingdom. One only has to go back a couple of decades to find examples where scientists were blind to

Read More »

Cool as an Azure

The Azure Kingfisher is a dazzlingly beautiful creature. That’s one reason why I just can’t seem to stop myself from photographing them. Mind you, this is a very shy bird that doesn’t like to be watched, so getting a good

Read More »

Noosa: the great irony

The great irony for tourism destinations goes like this: the more you make a place wonderful, both to live and visit, the more you attract people that will ultimately undermine the very qualities that make the location so appealing. Noosa

Read More »