Nature in the Back Yard

With a nature reserve literally right at the bottom of the garden, I get to see so much wildlife just lazing about in the back yard. Here are a couple of shots of a mother Wallaby and her joey

Mother wallaby is wary of me and my camera and she prepares to take her joey to the safety of the bush. It is half out of the pouch but quickly pulled itself back in as she began to move
After a few quick hops she stopped to check that I wasn’t following before she turned again and disappeared into the reserve

A Weekend At Home

Baby Joey

After doing the weekly chores about the house there was little time to explore far from home this week. I decided that I could take walk along the southern end of Kewarra Beach and also spent a little time relaxing looking out over the back yard at the wild (and not so wild) life that frequents the place.

A Joey leaves the safety of its mothers pouch to take a look at he surroundings. It knows that a safe place is always nearby if needed
A Joey leaves the safety of its mother’s pouch to take a look at the surroundings. It knows that a safe place is always nearby if needed
One of two resident chickens scratching about in the back yard. The eggs they lay make the store eggs seem anaemic by comparison
One of two resident chickens scratching about in the back yard. The eggs they lay make the store eggs seem anaemic by comparison
Toby, is the resident cat. As is usually the case, he lives life on his own terms making demands for a scratch or choosing to ignore you as he pleases
Toby, is the resident cat. As is usually the case, he lives life on his own terms making demands for a scratch or choosing to ignore you as he pleases
Sheltered as it is from the winds , the beach at the southern end of Kewarra is like a quiet solitude
Sheltered as it is from the winds , the beach at the southern end of Kewarra is like a quiet solitude
A young Fisherman casts his net to catch live bait ahead of a bigger dream of catching a big fish later in the evening at Kewarra Beach
A young Fisherman casts his net to catch live bait ahead of a bigger dream of catching a big fish later in the evening at Kewarra Beach
Just behind the shoreline there is a forest of mangroves that get wet feet just twice a day with the coming of the tide. It is easy to imagine that hiding in the depths are crocodiles that live this far north
Just behind the shoreline there is a forest of mangroves that get wet feet just twice a day with the coming of the tide. It is easy to imagine that hiding in the depths are crocodiles that live this far north
The sun sinks down to kiss the top of the ranges behind Kewarra Beach.

Photo of the week – Australian Birdwing

Australian Birdwing
Sipper Time

On a recent trip to Cairns in North Queensland, I took a trip up to Kuranda in the hinterland behind Cairns. One of the attractions is the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary where thousands of these beautiful creatures flutter about a huge enclosure for the public’s pleasure.

This Australian Birdwing Butterfly is just one of many species that can be seen. The sanctuary offers education on the life cycle and habitat of butterflies as well as a breeding facility.

Have you been to the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary: what did you think of it. Please feel free to leave a comment below……..

Old Man Roo

Wildlife has always been a favourite subject for me to photograph and there is an occasional animal who just likes to pose. Kangaroos are one of those animal species who, having little fear of man and an active curiosity, will often provide the photographer with some great opportunities.

This guy was grazing the side of the road in the early evening when he saw me approach. Showing no fear, he stood just watching as I walked towards him. After providing me a few good shots, he turned and hopped quietly down a side track to meet up with a few mates and continue his evening meal.