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)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Wodgina Fauna Survey - Rock On

Things that are rocks, look like rocks and live in rocks.

The early morning sun makes the flowering spinifex glow at the Wodgina granites.

Is it a rock?

No, it's a Desert Spadefoot (Notaden nichollsi).

We are just rocks, so leave us alone.

I'm a rock too! A small Russell's Toadlet (Uperoleia russelli).

Interesting patterns.

Lots of hiding places for rock-dwelling animals at Wodgina.

Bottle-shaped mud nests of Fairy Martins were hidden in most small rock caves.

Big boulders such as this one often had interesting animals living in deeper cracks.

A Common Sheathtail Bat (Taphozous georgianus) resting in a deep boulder crack.

Trying to look like the local terrain. A Military Dragon (Ctenophorus isolepis).

Beautiful scales.

Another resident of the area with great camo, a Fat-tailed Gecko (Diplodactylus conspicillatus).

A rock-loving dragon, a cute little baby Ring-tailed Dragon (Ctenophorus caudicinctus). I'm just a little rock!

The end of a wonderful day at the Wodgina rocks.


Wilma said...

What a great post today, Richard! I so enjoyed each "rock" and each photo, especially those last ones ...


Fred said...

looks like a great place, wouldnt mind heading there myself sometime.