Flora and Fauna
Joey in pouch, Queensland
A Wallaby Joey pops his head out of his mum's pouch for a quick look around. Life's good.
Humpback Whale tail fluke, Queensland
This Humpback was showing off. He (or she) kept poking its tail fluke above the surface and slapping the water. Taken off Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.
This classicly Australian animal lives purely off a diet of Eucalyptus leaves, and as if that's not bad enough, they're fussy enough to prefer only certain types of Eucalyptus. Now under threat from habitat destruction, there are many parks and sanctuaries around Australia who dedicate time, money and effort to preserving this species.
Rainbow Lorikeet, South East Queensland
This stunning bird can be seen in large flocks around South East Queensland. I tried to feed one once, on Hamilton Island, and it pecked hard enough to draw blood ! A lesson learnt.
Darter, Chobe River, Botswana
The African Darter (or 'Snakebird') can often be seen drying its wings along riverbanks. Taken along the Chobe River in Botswana.
Grey Kangaroo, Queensland
A Grey Kangaroo has a quiet drink from a Queensland creek.
Elephant bathtime, Zimbabwe
A young elephant has a great time in a small waterhole, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe.
Water Dragon, Queensland
The Eastern Water Dragon is very common around the waterways of Brisbane and can commonly be seen in the parks, many are very tame as they become accustomed to human proximity. They grow to around 80-90cm in length, this low angle shot makes him look bigger.
Australian Scrub Turkey, Queensland
Handsome bird or common pest ? The Australian Scrub or Brush Turkey is a common visitor to parks and gardens, and makes quite a mess raking material for its large nests.
This sleepy little girl looks very content high up in her tree. They sleep typically for between 16 and 20 hours a day.
Rainbow Lorikeets, Queensland (Colour)
This is the full colour original of the black & white / colour hybrid image higher up on the same page.
Olive Python, Western Queensland
The Olive Python is one of Australia's largest snakes at 3.5 to 4m in length, some reportedly growing up to over 6m. A handsome snake, it can be found from Western Australia across to Queensland's Great Dividing Range.
Lace Monitor, South East Queensland
We often see Lace Monitors (or 'Goannas') raiding the local Scrub Turkey nests looking for eggs, only to be chased off by mummy scrub turkey. The two animals make a comical pair running down the road.
The ubiquitous peacock - I believe native to India, originally taken to the west by traders and now found all over the world. The male is truly spectacular when it shows off its plumage.
Eastern Water Dragon
Another view of Australia's Eastern Water Dragon, impressive with its spines and stripy scales.
The iconic Koala. Each has its own distinctive facial features, just like a human.