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)

Monday, June 22, 2009

Land of Sand

Here's a view of the coastal plain habitat of the Southwest of Western Australia, typical of the coastal area of Perth, especially before it was built over with suburbs.

With strong coastal winds, huge sand dunes move through the landscape unstoppable and covering every thing in their path.

Interesting patterns on the dunes formed by the wind.

One of the many beautiful reptiles found living in vegetated areas between the dunes, a Spiny-tailed Gecko (Strophurus spinigerus). This female which was trapped near Jurien Bay has a bulging little belly and is pregnant with eggs.

What a beautiful face she has and those lovely eyes. She is the yellow-eyed form of spinigerus.

A well camourflaged Bearded Dragon (Pogona minor) digging a burrow, one of the more common dragons trapped in coastal systems.

A nice prize, a lovely Side-barred Delma (Delma grayii) caught during a coastal survey. Only half a metre long and totally harmless as it's really a legless lizard, you can see the lizard like face.

One of my personal favourites, a Heath Dragon (Rankinia adelaidensis). I love these little guys and always look forward to catching them in a coastal fauna survey. They are beautiful little animals that grow to only 12 cm and are often quite tame.

An interesting fisherman's camp that we came across during a survey near Jurien Bay. It's made from an old army bunker and scrap tin and has a great outdoor fireplace too. A good place to look for reptiles!


S.C.E. said...

Some pretty cool reptile shots in the kind of arid scenery I haven't seen for a loooong time.........

Cosmos Synthetics said...

What is the distrubution of the pale coloured Lialis burtonis? I took a photo of one of these in North Queensland recently. Regards. Anthony