Monday 30 November 2009

Baby Long-necked Turtle

One from the archives. The fly on the saucer edge puts the turtle's size into perspective.

Saturday 28 November 2009

Yea Show 2009

Friday 27 November 2009

Cockatoo on a Stick

Of all the places to perch, this cockatoo chose the top of a tomato stake!

Thursday 26 November 2009

Late Spring Sunset, Yea, Victoria


Wednesday 25 November 2009


Another of Australia’s wonderful creatures, the echidna is one of only two monotremes or egg-laying mammals in the world. (The other is the Australian platypus.)

Tuesday 24 November 2009

A Tale of Two Cockies

Story and photos courtesy of Julius Bergh.

A Story of Love, Compassion, Friendship and Loyalty

About eight years ago a wild Australian Sulphur Crested Cockatoo flew into a car and broke its wing. The motorist took it to the vet in Nerang, Queensland, who had to amputate the wing. We adopted her – for which we needed a National Parks and Wildlife permit – and kept her in a cage outside where she was often visited by wild cockatoos. One of the things that impressed us was how she would push lettuce leaves through the bars of the cage, offering food to visitors.

Last Sunday, 23 July 2006, she again had a visitor.

As usual he spent a lot of time sitting on the cage
with a tamper proof latch.

There was a lot of talking and grooming. A bloke
has to look presentable when courting a bird!

Things got interesting when he approached the front door…
The clever fellow figured out how to
undo the tamper proof latch!
Read the rest of this heart-warming story at

Sunday 22 November 2009

Hooray, It’s Raining!

After a stretch of record-breaking hot November days, the heavens have opened. Dams and water tanks are filling, but best of all, the bushfire danger rating has dropped from extreme to low.


Saturday 21 November 2009

Young Magpies at Play

One last magpie photo...

Friday 20 November 2009

Young Australian Magpie

Thursday 19 November 2009

Sunning Magpie

No, it’s not dead. Unseasonal hot spring weather – the lawn turned brown in less than a week – has this young magpie ‘sunning’ itself.

Wednesday 18 November 2009

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Wildflowers (East Gippsland VIC)


Monday 16 November 2009

Rainbow Lorikeet (Gipsy Point VIC)

No surprises how this bird gets its name.

Sunday 15 November 2009

Birds Nest (Gipsy Point VIC)

Can anyone tell me what bird this nest belongs to?

Saturday 14 November 2009

Friday 13 November 2009

Thursday 12 November 2009

Spotted Sun Orchid

Wednesday 11 November 2009

Tuesday 10 November 2009

Donkey Orchid

Monday 9 November 2009

Satin Bower Bird’s Bower (Gipsy Point VIC)

The male Satin Bower Bird is shyer (especially of the camera) than the female. As part of his courtship ritual, he builds a bower and decorates it with bright blue objects he collects. I left a blue milk bottle lid on the outside table – it soon disappeared.

Click on the bottom photo to enlarge it and you’ll see an eggcup, a lighter, pegs, string and other treasures.

Saturday 7 November 2009

Friday 6 November 2009

Thursday 5 November 2009

Lace Monitor (Gipsy Point VIC)

The Lace Monitor (Varanus varius) is one of Australia’s largest goannas and can grow to in excess of two metres.

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Tuesday 3 November 2009

Monday 2 November 2009

Sunday 1 November 2009