Readers’ wildlife photos

Tim Anderson from Oz sent us three pictures:

This is an Eastern Bearded Dragon (Pogona barbata), who I met on a country road, and who was clearly affronted by my intrusion on his demesne. What beautiful whiskers!

The bird is a Brown Falcon (Falco berigora),  one of the most common raptors in eastern Australia. I think this one might be a juvenile. In any case, it clearly regarded me as an inelegant creature.

The other is a rather dusty freshwater turtle crossing a road en route to a neighbouring farm dam. Which reminds me of a Yorkshire joke about a man who inquired at his local railway station whether he needed to buy a ticket for his turtle, who wished to travel. The station master replied (after consulting his rulebook):
Dogs is dogs, and cats is dogs,
And squirrels in cages is parrots,
But this here turkle is a hinseck
So you don’t got to pay.
Do any readers know the species?


  1. jaxkayaker
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Great photos.

    I don’t know what that species of turtle is, but just wanted to point out that most Australian turtle species are “side-necked”, unlike North American turtle species, which are hidden-necked, meaning they can retract their heads inside their shells for protection. I was once watching a talk on turtles, and the speaker claimed that the hidden-neck variety in Australia is referred to by aborigines as “turtle whose had goes in and out like man with woman”.

  2. Christopher
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink

    It would help narrow down the options if I knew where the turtle was from. I’m not too terribly familiar with the 20-something species in OZ and related areas. My offhanded and entirely uneducated and inexperienced guess is Chelodina longicollis, the common or eastern long-necked turtle.

    • Diana MacPherson
      Posted October 7, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink

      Yes I think you’re right re turtle. I saw one in a zoo in Honolulu like this.

    • tjeales
      Posted October 8, 2017 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

      Agreed. I’ve photographed these guys before due to their habit of wandering across roads

  3. Chris Swart
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    I hate to see turtles crossing the road, wherever or whatever.

  4. damboni
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    That’s a soft-shell turtle!

  5. Mark R.
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Superb nature captures. Especially love the turtle.

  6. Adam Yates
    Posted October 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    The turtle is the common (or eastern) snake neck turtle (Chelodina longicollis).

  7. Diane G.
    Posted October 8, 2017 at 2:11 am | Permalink

    Very cool critters, indeed! Thanks, Tim!

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