Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson continues his photographic perusal of Australian wildlife. His notes are indented:

Following on my earlier submission of native mammals from Australian “wildlife parks” in Cairns and Sydney, here are some of the non-mammalian inhabitants of those same parks plus a reptile canter in Alice Springs.  New Zealand up next.
First up is a laughing Kookabura (Dacelo novaeguinae).
A southern cassowary (Casuarius casuarius):
 A black-necked storkEphippiorhyn asiaticus:
Central bearded dragon, Pogona vitticeps:
Common goanna or peretie (Varanus giganteus), the largest monitor in Australia and one of the largest in the world:
The very striking Australian pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus):
The terminally cute little penguin (Eudyptule minor) from Australia’s not-too-antarctic south coast.
The ubiquitous and often intrusive Australian white ibis (Theskiornis moluccus).  In the second photo, “junior” has his head well down mom’s (or dad’s) throat to feed.
The Australian freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnsoni):
And the saltwater crocodile (Crocodyus porosus):


  1. Nicholas K.
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Every time I see a cassowary, I really get it that birds are dinosaurs.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:11 am | Permalink

      In the realm of bizarre, which Oz seems to specialise in (consider the platypus, the kangaroo and the koala), the cassowary fits right in. That pink bubbly skin (?) on the back of its neck, and that thing on its head which no-one seems to know for sure what it’s for. (At least I deduce that from reading the number of theories of its function).

      And weighing up to 120lbs, able to run at 30mph and jump five feet, and with claws up to five inches on its feet, that’s a bird you really wouldn’t want to argue with.

      I assume the one in the photo has been sufficiently habituated that it doesn’t try to kill the visitors 😉


    • TJR
      Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:33 am | Permalink

      That was my first thought, too.

      It really does look like it comes straight out of the Jurassic.

  2. Posted July 25, 2018 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    Fantastic photos! All of them! BIG thanks to all of you for your reader’s entries! Much appreciated! ❤️🦂👍

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted July 26, 2018 at 12:31 am | Permalink


  3. Frank Bath
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    I love the little penguins but not that big salty.

    • Posted August 8, 2018 at 4:21 pm | Permalink

      Crocodilians are victims of injustice, nobody ever finds them cute.

  4. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Wow! This is impressive photography, and many species are fairly new to me.

  5. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Nice leading photo – the kookaburra is a large and handsome kingfisher with a highly distinctive call (hence the adjective ‘laughing’). And happily, not the least bit endangered.


    • TJR
      Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:34 am | Permalink

      They don’t swing much, though.

  6. Posted July 25, 2018 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    I well remember visiting the Katherine River Gorge NP in NT.

    We hiked in the 103°F heat (and it’s not dry heat in northern NT!) to the eponymous gorge, where we promptly went right in to cool off (having been assured there were “no salties” in the gorge).

    While floating in the water, I watched an archer fish shoot water drops at bugs from maybe 1-2 m away.

    After relaxing in the water for a long time, we hiked back through the heat to the main facility. Arriving there, the rangers were surprised we had been swimming. “Weren’t you worried about the crocs?” Well, no, since we’d heard that there were no salties there! “Well, that’s alright, the freshies won’t eat ya, they’ll only taste ya!”

    Thanks a lot! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  7. Kit Prendergast
    Posted July 25, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    As an Australian zoologist, I should inform you the official name for Theskiornis moluccus is ‘Bin chicken’ :p

  8. Posted July 25, 2018 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Hm, a blue crocodile? Are other crocodiles sort of green because they also have yellow pigments?

  9. Posted July 25, 2018 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  10. Posted July 25, 2018 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    A little typo: perentie not peretie. In Western Australia in particular many names for animals are derived from aboriginal names: my favourites are ‘noolbenger’ and ‘wambenger’ for honey possum and phascogale respectively, and wardong and djidi djidi for Australasian raven and willy wagtail respectively. The bird names are onomatopoeic.

  11. Andrea Kenner
    Posted July 28, 2018 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    Cool-looking critters!

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