From time to time I take a stroll (actually it is more like a marathon run) through more than 14,000 photos I have collected since we started our travels and more particularly since we started our travels using our motorhome and since I bought the Panasonic DMC FZ50 Camera. After awhile it became evident that many of our photos are about particular subjects…doors, wildlife, pubs, churches, dunnies,cars etc… so it seemed only natural to save them in groups. Most of the photos in today’s blog have never before been included on a post. Others have been but I make no apology for including them again. This week, although a working week, I do have a little time on my hands and I felt like selecting some photos to share with our readers. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed encountering these animals.
For the longest time I was prepared to identify this bird as a Pale Headed Rosella followed by ??? The colours and markings just did not sit well with that identification. I kept rejecting and in fact deliberately by-passed information on ring necks as I could not see a ring. For good reason, the ringnecks do not necessarily have a ring around the neck. Now I feel happy identifying it as an Australian Ringneck as the colours and markings are consistant with the bird as is the habitat and location. This one was spotted at Lightning Ridge on our first visit in October 2010.
This common tree snake http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrelaphis_punctulata stopped us in our tracks in a bush walk at the Crows Nest Qld National Park. It seemed longer fatter and faster than snakes encountered before or since. A person, wise or otherwise, once said to me, “if you see a snake and it moves to the nearest tree or bush and starts to climb into the foliage it is a harmless tree snake. If it keeps moving across the ground, particularly towards you you, it is most likely not harmless.” With a few exceptions this is reasonable advice. I give all snakes a wide berth but do like to get reasonably close and look at markings and head shape and colours. This one is definately a blue common tree snake.
Only an expert could tell the difference between an Australian Fur Seal and the almost identical New Zealand Fur Seal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctocephalus_forsteri We encountered hundreds of the smelly creatures during a boat trip off Brny Island in Tasmania. They were all males (according to our guide) and were resting on a remote rocky islet of the inhospitable south coast of Bruny Island.
This white horse is I suppose, not really wildlife but it looked so majestic in the long green grass with lots of white flowers surrounding it. The photos was taken in the cool hills of Ben Lomond in northern NSW late November 2010. Ben Lomond is near Guyra NSW and is about the third highest altitude outside the NSW Alps. Of course Guyra is the second highest.
This beautiful King Parrot joined me for a coffee at a small town, Wallangara, which straddles the Qld / NSW border. Taken November 2010.
I was washing TERIOS while house sitting at Traveston in February 2011 when this healthy specimen landed a few metres away. We spent 10 minutes studying each other before it flew onto an arbor frame and waited while I got the Panasonic FZ50 to capture a few poses.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna This spiny fe;;ow caught our attention as it galloped across the highway between Walgett and Bourke western NSW in October 2010. I guess he was trying to get to some sort of safety (crossing a highway is not that safe for these cute creatures) Once it realised I was nearby it dug itself into the soil and rolled itself into a defensive ball and waited for me to leave. I waited for it to recommence its movements.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_goanna This wonderful specimen was seen on the red sandhills on a wild remote outback track at the “Back O Bourke” Once upon a time Bourke was the end of the line, the last known habitation before the great deserts began. Hence the name “Back O Bourke” for any place beyond the known civilisation.
We sort of cheated with this animal. Donnis took the photo when she was in Mexico. It seems to be a member of the Iguanna family.
These sheep were seen in the high rocky slopes around Tenterfield NSW. Considering it was the end of November 2010 and the beginning of summer, it was chillingly cold outside. Not unusual for the Tenterfield, Ben Lomond, GlennInnes and Guyra where it is cold all year round.
Donnis also took this photo in Mexico.