Readers’ Wildlife photos

by Grania

Jerry has forwarded on to me some of the beautiful pictures taken by readers.

WEIT regular Stephen Barnard sends us this:

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) resting on a goose nest box in a light rain. Fledgling, I think — an adult wouldn’t let me get this close.
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 Tony Eales from Queensland sends us this photograph with this note attached,

Just back from a father-son fishing trip at Inskip Point, Queensland. Lots of rain so the photography opportunities were limited and light was poor. Still plenty of wildlife around though.

The birding at Inskip is amazing, and has been referred to the best square kilometre of birding in Australia. Along the shore there were Crested Terns (Thalasseus bergii) while in the dunes there were Dusky Woodswallows (Artamus cyanopterus), Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis) and Little Wattlebirds (Anthochaera chrysoptera) and many others I didn’t get shots of.

On one particularly rainy day we poked around the tiny fishing villages of the Great Sandy Strait coast. Found some Eastern Grey Kangaroos (Macropus giganteus) relaxing in a playground and nearby there was a colony of Grey-headed Flying Foxes (Pteropus poliocephalus) and a miserable bedraggled Whisting Kite (Haliastur sphenurus) hanging out its wings to dry.

Eastern-Grey-Kangaroo

And last, one from Jerry in Arizona with lizard.

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9 Comments

  1. Torbjörn Larsson, OM
    Posted July 14, 2015 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    Every summer we have kangaroos here in Sweden too.

    Well, at least police reports of “sightings”, if not yet one kangaroo living or dead. I was reminded last week, this year’s sole candidate (so far).

    Well, at least they don’t imagine Australia’s more poisonous populations… =D

    • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
      Posted July 14, 2015 at 11:46 am | Permalink

      Oh, first, so I’ll add that I enjoyed the section as always.

      The last photo could have been captioned “spot the lizard”, but on the other hand it looks less wild than Jerry.

      • Diane G.
        Posted July 14, 2015 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

        On the other hand is Jerry’s head.

        • winewithcats
          Posted July 19, 2015 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

          And why is the lizard named Spot anyway?

  2. Diane G.
    Posted July 14, 2015 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

    Somehow a kangaroo doesn’t seem out of place in a playground.

    Nice to see that Jerry’s made a new friend.

    Stephen, are those raindrop traces I see?

  3. Raskos
    Posted July 14, 2015 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    Any chance of a closeup of that lizard?

    • Posted July 15, 2015 at 8:43 am | Permalink

      All anybody had handy were smartphones. I tried emailing the one I took but my email seems down.

      The lizards are pretty blasé, so the opportunity for a portrait session might present itself.

      b&

      • winewithcats
        Posted July 19, 2015 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

        What species is it?


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