Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) on Flickr.
Up close, these are probably the most beautiful bird I’ve ever seen
Boondal Wetlands is a lovely little oasis of mangroves, eucalypt forest and swampy melaleuca woodland located within Brisbane’s leafy suburbs.
Male King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) in the hilly hinterlands behind Gold Coast, Eastern Australia.
Laughing Kookaburra’s are one of my favourite birds ever. Despte being just a large and cheeky form of kingfisher, they are formidable predators. Catching prey as large as small birds with their powerful beak and beating them violently to death against the nearest tree!
Sunset on a trip into Brisbane’s incredible Mt Nebo and surrounding national park.
So here I find myself in 2012, living in the sunshine state - south-east Queensland, in central Brisbane. This is my third trip to Australia and ever since I first came here, the wild heritage of this vast continent completely fascinates me. Everything here mystifies me, all the wildlife is so colourful and delightfully strange compared with everywhere on earth.
The marine biodiversity is breathtaking even at these sub-tropical lattitudes. In an incredibly insignificant 8 dives in this country I have come across Reef Manta Rays, Grey Nurse Sharks, Leopard Sharks, Eagle rays, Devil rays, schooling Cownose rays, Bull rays, Cowtail Stingrays, Giant Groupers, Green, Hawksbill and Loggerhead Turtles and singing Humpback Whales!!
Then comes the terrestrial fauna, from the huge array of marsupials, the incredible and bizarre monotremes, large and weird lizards and the birds. Australia’s bird life is SENSATIONAL. In the coming few months I hope I can portray just a notion of this massive island’s beauty. And that my friends is what the posts following this will be all about.
Eurasian Tree Sparrows (Passer montanus) although rare in Europe are remarkably common throughout Asia. I lost many a hawker lunch to these little cheeky birds. Photo taken in Singapore.
One of my favourite types of birds, the Black and Yellow Broadbill (Eurylaimus ochromalus) belongs to the incredibly colourful family of broadbills found throughout SE Asia. Photo taken on the Sungei Kinabatangan, Sabah, Borneo
Juvenile Collared Scops Owl (Otus lettia), Tioman Island, Malaysia
Tropical Mockingbird (Mimus gilvus) in a beach almond, Speyside, Tobago, Caribbean.
Black-backed Kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca) sleeping on the bank on the Kinabatangan River, Sabah, Borneo.