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 http://www.peacockspider.org

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.

 

5 Comments

  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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