Michael Keogh

Joined: Feb 06, 2019 Last Active: Sep 25, 2022 iNaturalist

I’ve had a life-long fascination with all aspects of the natural world. Unfortunately my career choices precluded me from enjoying the outdoors as much as I would have liked but, outside of working hours, I did my best to atone through beachcombing, snorkelling, fishing, foraging for mushrooms and hunting. Ferals like rabbits and deer were my chief quarry.

I have a low tolerance for introduced species. I find it almost impossible to walk past noxious weeds, especially Disa bracteata plants and the seedlings and saplings of Sweet Pittosporum and Boneseed, without uprooting them.

Since my retirement I’ve developed a particularly keen interest in native orchids but I also have a soft spot for butterflies and moths. Nevertheless nowadays all life forms are fair game for my camera.

I majored in Zoology at the University of Melbourne, where I also studied Botany and Genetics.

I enjoy seeing others’ records of their finds and will suggest an identification if I think I can help. If I make a mistake it isn’t because I’ve been flippant.

My profile picture shows the heart of an Eastern Spider-orchid flower. That particular plant was the first spider-orchid I discovered during the first of my many wanderings through the Wonthaggi Heathlands in 2016. It's a lone plant and is situated some distance from the main, mostly-caged colony. It’s still going strong today.

Go your own way, tread lightly and happy hunting.

bushbandit is not following anyone.