Readers’ wildlife photos

I ask again for readers to send me their best wildlife photos. My tank is reasonably full, but I can always use more.

Today we have photos from two Aussie readers, the first being Tony Eales. His notes:

Very excited. I’ve found my first Peacock Jumping Spider. This one is Maratus anomalus and seems to like the grass behind sand dunes. I even managed to find a female as well. Jurgen Otto has done more than anyone to increase our knowledge of these beautiful little spiders and he’s put together a great site at

The female:

. . . and two lovely night-sky photos from Tim Anderson:

This is a nightscape of a southern section of the Milky Way, showing the Pointers, the Southern Cross, the Coalsack and the Carina nebula. It’s a thirty-second image taken at ISO1600 using a Canon 80D camera and a Samsung 14mm lens.


I received this one yesterday.

Here is another nightscape taken tonight. It is bloody cold tonight (-3 degrees Celsius) but the sky is brilliantly clear.

Tim adds this, and I’d recommend having a look at the photos at the site:

I belong to the Central West Astronomical Society (which explains why I am standing in a freezing paddock near Parkes, NSW). We sponsor an annual  astrophotography competition named the David Malin Awards. David judges the awards himself and this year’s results can be seen here.



  1. Posted August 5, 2018 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    Reblogged this on The Logical Place.

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted August 5, 2018 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    Eye candy!

    … by the way – spiders and biting – if whomever I was discussing this with sees this – the brown recluse spider – doesn’t that prove spiders bite? Not all, necessarily, but some do.

  3. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted August 5, 2018 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Wonderful! I never see peacock spider pix without them being on full display. They are still gorgeous.

    Those astrophys. pix are terrific. I recently discovered by accident that taking star pictures might be fairly simple. I had set up my camera in the back yard to try to take long exposure pictures of firefly trails, and was pleasantly surprised that the resulting pictures also showed a well illuminated back yard (even though all lights were out). No stars, because the camera was not aimed that way, but I can see how this would do it.

  4. mikeyc
    Posted August 5, 2018 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Those spiders are AMAZING! Thanks for the link to Jurgen Otto’s page.

  5. Marcello S. Nicola
    Posted August 5, 2018 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    How can I send pictures? I have some “garden wildlife” to share

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