We were in Australia from the 12th December 2004 to the 8th March 2005. Not only does Australia have a wide variety of wildlife, we were also lucky enough to spend much of our time living in an unspoilt valley near Wollemi National Park in the Great Divide. Also, while in Singapore Mark replaced his trusty Canon IXUS 330 with the Canon S1 which has a stabilised 38-380 (35mm equivalent) lens and 3.2 megapixels. The image stabiliser is very impressive, permitting hand held photography with the 380mm lens at shutter speeds of just 1/60th of a second. In short the quality of the wildlife photos should have improved significantly!
All photos taken around Rylstone unless otherwise mentioned.
Marsuipials Reptiles Birds Insects Spiders Amphibians
Red-necked wallaby, Macropus rufogriseus banksianus
Eastern grey kangeroo, Macropus giganteus giganteus
Swamp wallaby, Wallabia bicolor bicolor
Female (pale) and young male (dark) walleroos, Macropus robustus robustus
A black XXXX, seen in Kosciusko
Rainbow Lorikeet, Trichoglossus haematodus
Crimson Rosela, Platycercus elegans elegans
Wattle bird (Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater), Acanthogenys rufogularis, on kangeroo paw
Eastern spinebill, Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris, on Kangeroo paw
White-browed Scrubwren, Sericornis frontalis frontalis
New Holland Honeyeater, Phylidonyris novahollandiae
King parrots, Alisterus scapularis, female (green head) and male (red head)
Australian Magpie, Gymnorhina tibicen tibicen
Superb Fairy Wren, Malurus cyaneus, also called a Blue Wren. On the right is a juvenile.
White faced heron, Ardea novaehollandiae
White-winged Chough, Corcorax melanorhamphos
Willy Wagtail, Rhipidura leucophrys
White-throated Treecreeper, Cormobates leucophaea, that came into the house where we were staying. On the right is the same bird climbing a grass tree flower.
Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaguineae
Grey fantail, Rhipidura fuliginosa
Red-browed firetail, Aegintha temporalis
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Cacatua galerita, Kosciusko StatePark:
A large ant makes off with a beetle:
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) (thanks to Alan Melville):
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) (thanks to Alan Melville):
A Kosciusko March fly looks for a tasty meal from Mark's arm:
Dragonfly, Kosciusko State Park:
A Mountain Cricket or Alpine Bush Cricket, Acripeza reticulata, the abdomen is striped blue and red.
Scarab beetle larva
Sawfly larvae, Kosciusko
A Huntsman devours a beetle
Prickly bottlebrush, Callistemon brachyandrus Lindl.
Alpine flowers seen in Kosciusko State Park:
Goodenia hederacea alpestris
The scourge of Australian grasslands, Oryctolagus cuniculus
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