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, September 28, 2009

The Kimberleys 2

These are more pictures of the wonderful habitats and animals found in the southern Kimberley region near Halls Creek.

Not nice to walk through, but good healthy spinifex habitats like this one are one of the best areas to capture reptiles and small mammals.

An artistic shot of a Kapok Tree (Cochlospermum gillivraei) one of the common small trees found in the Kimberleys and throughout most of northern Australia. During the dry season they drop their leaves and are basically only sticks.

The Kapok has beautiful big yellow flowers which develop into these big seed pods that open to spread fluffy seeds into the wind. This is a bush tucker plant and the seeds were once used to stuff pillows.

One of the many old scenic cattle yards, which sometimes have with good shade trees, like this stunning one planted at the yard. Often good places to look for reptiles under old pieces of tin and junk.

A lovely Leopard Ctenotus (Ctenotus pantherinus) caught during trapping in one of the good spinifex sites. I think this has to be one of the most beautiful skinks found in arid regions of Australia.

Found in one of the creek waterholes in the survey area, a Ornate Frog (Limnodynastes ornatus).

One of the more common small monitors in our survey site and found in many rocky areas of northern Australia, a Spiny-tailed Monitor ( Varanus acanthurus). Usually easy to identify with a hard many-ridged long tail and striped neck.


madibirder said...

Beautiful skink. Kimberleys looks like a very nice place to be out.

S.C.E. said...

You wouldn't catch me poking around under old junk in the outback. You never know what you might find. Hats off to you sir................

Aaron P said...

Nice photos, I'd love to visit the Kimberley one day. I think your Cyclorana longipes is actually an Opisthodon ornatus. The pale patch behind the eye is very distinctive in this species.