There’s been a lot going on at the moment, both animal-wise, and project-wise. It’s been difficult to pin down a time to look at the shots!
There was an enormous dragonfly sitting on a tree trunk in the yard, waiting for me to get a shot
We have had a baby currawong bird (similar to a magpie, but less aggressive) end up in the yard, and it can’t fly. We’ve been giving it water and making sure it’s got shade during the day, and its folks are feeding it.
A dazzling image of a veteran sea turtle diving to the depths. The composition is perfect with the sun beaming from above and space around the image to gauge scale. The barnacles add context to the age of the turtle. An extremely strong image. Well done.
The following two photos are my other entries for the competition. For the Landscape category, I sent this photo of a full moon sinking behind the Great Dividing Range from the Scenic Rim in South-east Queensland:
For another entry to the Native Plants and Wildlife category, I submitted “You Shall Not Pass”, a photo of two huntsman spiders preparing to do battle (or worse,) on a tree branch on Mount Cootha. This is my favourite of the photos as it is technically better than the others, but is probably a little more difficult to sell to tourists.
Here are some other photos of creatures that we have seen around Brisbane in the last week.
A bit of rain coming though Brisbane has brought a lot of insect life out into the forest. The current restrictions on public events have made it difficult to organise dive trips and group walks in the evenings but we have been lucky to get out and see some of the forest friends.
The echidna was digging around looking for ants and was undisturbed by the people – must have been hungry. The dragonfly and owls have been brought out by the heavy rain. The powerful owl was watching us very closely for a potential meal… have to be very careful when walking around in the forest given current circumstances!
This Dragonfly was happily resting on a wall
This cockatoo was perching on a gumtree at night. They sleep in the trees overnight but wake and screech very loudly if they are disturbed.
This Barking Owl was sitting silently and watching the night
This echidna was digging around in the grass looking for insects to eact
These two kookaburras were sitting on a railing, waiting for insects to be drawn to the hiker's headlights
The Powerful Owl - eyeing off a 12 week old human...
This Wolf Spider was resting on the leaves of a flower after some autumn rain