And the bush has friends to meet him, and their kindly voices greet him, In the murmur of the breezes and the river on its bars,
And he sees the vision splendid of the sunlit plains extended, And at night the wonderous glory of the everlasting stars.

Banjo Paterson (1889)

Saturday, June 13, 2009

The Jarrah Forest

This is a typical view of the Jarrah (Eucalyptus marginata) Forest near our home. A lot of the forest is now affected by a fungal disease called Dieback which kills Jarrah from the top down, and kills many other native plants as well.

On one of our hikes through the forest, we found this Bearded Dragon (Pogona minor) on a rock outcrop. He may have been a little sick as he allowed us to walk right up to him and pick him up.

During a fauna site survey in the deep Jarrah forest about 1 hour south of Perth, this beautiful Black-backed Hooded Snake (Parasuta nigriceps) was found hiding under a granite rock slab. Venomous but considered harmless to humans.

This nice Speckled Stone Gecko (Diplodactylus polyopthalmus) was found near the snake, under a slab on a another small outcrop. Great camouflage when he's hunting on the orange-brown laterite rock found over most of the Jarrah forest.


yen said...

love your work Richard, being a zoologiest helps much when you are in the field huh?

# times to Borneo, whick part?

Richard King said...

Hi, I've been to around Kota Kinabalu, Mt Kinabalu & Danum Valley mostly, and over to the Mulu Caves in Sarawak once