Readers’ wildlife photos

July 25, 2018 • 8:10 am

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):

16 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. 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 😉


  1. 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.


  2. 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)_/¯

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

  4. 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.

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