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I love capturing the character of my subjects whether it's a bloodied seal, a scratching wombat, a foraging platypus, or even a lowly mudskipper.

All creatures here are wild. There are no pets or captive animals here.

 

"The Platypus!"

The platypus has to be one of the coolest creatures on the planet. So I was delighted to see this one, and so unexpectedly.

I was driving down to Bruny Island from Launceston, and detoured via Richmond for a brief stop to get a few photos of the famous convict-built Richmond Bridge. I parked the car and hadn't even time to take a photo when someone called out, "It's back!" "What's back?" I asked. "The platypus!"

So if you're taking photos of the Richmond Bridge keep an eye out for this little guy. I did end up getting some really nice shots of the bridge, but this foraging platypus was by far the highlight of the stop.

Richmond, Tasmania, Australia

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Waving Wombat Joey

The one thing cuter than a wombat joey in its mother's backward-facing pouch... is one waving. Or scratching but looking like waving. A cool thing to notice is the pouch faces backwards so it doesn't fill with dirt when mum digs. The flipside is the dear joey is in danger of flipping out the back every time mum darts here or dashes there. Oh hang on, that's right, we're talking about wombats here. When do they ever need to do a spot of dashing or darting? Never!

Ronny Creek (Cradle Mt), Tasmania, Australia

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Jump Back Whale

“Did you really take that?” Yes. Of all the photos I've taken this is the one that this is asked most about. And the question stems not from questioning my skill as a photographer but rather a mingling of the awe and wonder of something so magnificent with the thought of capturing it so clearly and vividly. It still blows me away that whales can do this, as I’m sure it does you too!

Being out on the water, watching whales jump and splash about is one of nature's remarkable experiences. I highly recommend a visit during whale watching season if you get the chance.

Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

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Mr Whiskers

Australian Fur Seal extraordinaire, Mr Whiskers, enjoys the cool Southern Ocean air between bouts of sleep, chatting, smooching & fishing - not necessarily in that order. He poses in the hope that one of those passing by will finally throw him a fish. Sorry, mate, but photographers carry spare batteries, not fish, in their camera bags. And this ain’t a fishing boat.

Somewhere off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia

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Goanna Lick

This Lace Monitor & I were strolling through Noosa National Park at the same time, which is usually a good thing. That tongue, hey? Pretty awesome!

Noosa National Park, Queensland, Australia

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Sneak-idna

This Short-beaked Echidna was trying to make a dash for it when it thought I wasn’t looking.

Somewhere on the way to Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

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Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby

I went to Warren Gorge to look for these guys - beautiful Yellow-footed Rock-Wallabies. I love their colours. You’d think they’d be easy to spot but no, they are the colours of the rocks around them so are quite camouflaged. Two days later the gorge would be closed for shooting Series 2 of the TV show Wolf Creek. Yikes!

Warren Gorge, South Australia, Australia

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Wombat Munch

It's really nice having a big lens to take wildlife photos as this wombat was up the side of a hill. It's not like it was over the other side of a gaping chasm or anything - I just like getting close and personal when and wherever possible. This was close to dusk and the late afternoon light was doing its thing illuminating his furry fur. Backlit and beautiful. "Cheese."

Ronny Creek (Cradle Mt), Tasmania, Australia

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Raymond Koala

Koalas are unique and beautiful creatures. It's a pity you don't see them too often in the wild. But one place that has plenty (and too many at times) is Raymond Island, a short ferry ride from Paynesville, Victoria. They have no predators and as it's not a big island (ie limited food) they tend to eat themselves out of house and home. So the Raymond Island koalas are often relocated elsewhere, taking their cute little faces with them.

Raymond Island (Gippsland Lakes), Victoria, Australia

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Lookout Snake

Is it a snake, a meerkat, a sock puppet, a cross between all three? This Common Tree Snake ('Common' - not likely!) was merrily sunning itself when it saw me, took fright and slithered off into some nearby foliage (sage, for the diehard plant fans). I didn’t get a photo so I stuck around to see if it came back out. After about five minutes, to my complete surprise and utter amazement, I saw this - the snake checking out if I was still there or not! A few moments later it was gone. It did this two more times, each time a little closer, before partially slithering out for a closer inspection of me. Then, in a flash, it was gone for good, leaving me alone with some cute snake photos as mementoes.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Quokka on Quokknest Island

There are a lot of 'cutest' critters out there, but quokkas have to be near the top of the list. If you get the chance to stay on Rottnest Island, near Perth, you'll see quite a few of them. Quokkas forever!

Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia

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Southern Angle-Headed Dragon

This beautiful Southern Angle-Headed Dragon posed for me in its rainforest living room. It’s the cutest little dinosaur around.

Maleny, Queensland, Australia

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Homeward Mother & Child

Finally, after a long day of feeding, it comes time to wander up the hill and go home. Same goes for wombats.

I've always wanted to take photos of bears, and these mini-grizzlies strolling through the woods are cuter than the real thing. And far less dangerous! That being said, my wife once had a wombat persistently try to eat the bottom of her jeans, so maybe wombats aren't safe after all:)

Ronny Creek (Cradle Mt), Tasmania, Australia

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Stony-creek Frog

Are you thinking you've never seen one so they must be uncommon? If you haven't seen one there are a few good reasons: you've never looked, they are active at night, they only live on the east coast of Australia, and they are almost impossible to spot if they don't jump! This is the female keeping low in foliage, which is exactly the same colour as she is. Have you noticed that even the top part of the eye is camouflaged? Very cool.

As it was late at night, I used a flash, but it didn't seem to mind.

Mt Glorious, Queensland, Australia

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Bennett’s Wallaby

Much of southeast Australia calls this wallaby red-knecked, which I happen to think is a little unwarranted. I call him Wayne:)

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

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Mr Whiskers 2

Mr Whiskers, an Australian Fur Seal hauling out on an island off the southern coast of Tasmania. I’m in a boat, he’s on land, we left it at that.

Somewhere off the southern coast of Tasmania, Australia

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Super Spiky Fluff Ball

You may know that Echidnas ('Short-beaked' for the experts) are covered in spines, but did you know the spines looked this cool? And did you know that Echindas can be this fluffy? At least they are in Tassie. I guess spikes help keep you safe, not warm.

Somewhere on the way to Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

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A Mighty Mudskipper

Mudskippers are fascinating creatures, but none more so than this one! I was getting down low beside a mangrove stream on Magnetic Island to take a photo of another mudskipper when this guy pulled himself up for a better look.

"Hey, mate! The shot's over here!"

Are mudskippers meant to be this adorable? Oh man! So cute!

Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

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What A Poser

I think this Australian Water Dragon really wanted me to take its photo. I don't think it could have posed more posier if it tried.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Common Tree Snake

I found this Common Tree Snake (that's their proper name because they're often not green) while out taking macro photos. I've learned that a long piece of grass is worth a second look, and that was exactly the case here. I took a few good shots before it decided to slither off up a nearby tree. When it was about 5 feet up the tree I went in for a closer look. It promptly dropped to the ground and charged me. It was at that point I decided it was time to take my leave.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby

I went to Warren Gorge to look for these guys - beautiful Yellow-footed Rock-Wallabies. I love their colours. You’d think they’d be easy to spot but no, they are the colours of the rocks around them so are quite camouflaged. Two days later the gorge would be closed for shooting Series 2 of the TV show Wolf Creek. Yikes!

Warren Gorge, South Australia, Australia

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Don't Poop There

Me: "I don't mind you living in the back garden, but don't poop in the courtyard! You're not listening to me, are you?"

Meet Jim, a young Australian Water Dragon, who preferred not to poop in his own garden no matter what I said.

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

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Young, Wild & Free

There are quokkas and there are quokkas, and then there's this one. I'm not sure how ‘wild’ quokkas get, but this young quokka lives away from the locals who hang out downtown, so is very shy and untamed. AND VERY CUTE!

Rottnest Island, Western Australia, Australia

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