Great to see Julia's children's book at the Viva cafe in Cardwell with Daryl Dickson's beautiful art 😊 ... See MoreSee Less
Wild about Australia shared Anura Marketing's Papua New Guinea Explorer.
Check out this video from my friend Amelia Tockston who runs Anura Marketing. Great video and fantastic trip. ... See MoreSee Less
It's hard to put into words what an incredible time I had traveling through the remote islands of Papua New Guinea. Perhaps this video collage will do a better job--it's a window into a culture that we in the Western world could learn a deal from...if we could just slow down enough to listen and take note! All audio was recorded on the trip. Listen to those vocal harmonies of the children - extraordinary, right?! I could listen to them all day. And those hand-made costumes and graceful dancing... Those warm smiles...that joy for life and community, and that love for nature and one's heritage. Just wow. Expedition: Papua New Guinea Explorer with Heritage Expeditions Video: Anura Marketing
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The commencement of the dry season signals the time when people are able to drive to the very top of Cape York Peninsula.
Completing that adventure at the very northernmost tip of the Australian mainland can be a defining moment in many people's lives. But I think that it is the journey through some of Australia's most amazing habitats and landscapes, and seeking out some of our unique and spectacular wildlife that makes this adventure one of the best to undertake in all of Australia.
Once you get past Queensland's wet tropical rainforest on the Bloomfield track above Cape Tribulation, onto Cooktown and beyond, the adventure and rugged remoteness of this region takes over. The landscape seemingly changes with a blink of the eye, from broad grassy plains with magnetic termite mounds, to tall eucalyptus forest, tropical heath and even remnant rainforest with a treasure trove of unique plants and animals. Each landscape, and what lives within them, should be savoured and explored.
I have been fortunate to visit 'the Cape' on numerous occasions during my professional life. My first adventure was in October 1989 chasing Cane Toads for my research. After that I did consecutive wet season fauna surveys based at Heathlands in the early 1990's and have since undertaken several research, wildlife filming, expedition guiding and recreational trips.
I have posted a selection of my favourite images from my visits to the Cape. The region has changed during the past 28 years, but I know you can still find little remote pockets where you can camp and be at one with the great Australian bush. Make the most of your journey through this area, but as always, take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints so to let all future generations enjoy this wonderful wilderness. ... See MoreSee Less
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After some a few recent discussions regarding issues about our wildlife that frustrate me no end, I have decided to post some images of a group of Australia’s least observed but strikingly beautiful creatures – gliders.
Australia supports six species of glider, all of which occur near where I live in Far North Queensland. Seeing them in the wild is a challenge and most of my views have been fleeting. However, if you are in the field often enough, you can occasionally get very lucky and watch these amazing animals glide between trees and feeding on nectar, sap and sometimes insects.
I have been fortunate to have some fantastic experiences with gliders, including a pair of greater gliders falling onto the ground next to me while fighting in central Victoria and several feathertail gliders landing at my feet in Carnarvon National Park in Central Queensland. I have even trained a pair of young sugar gliders how to glide for a film shoot! But that is a story for another time.
My most memorable glider experience was in the wet sclerophyll forest in Far North Queensland. It was a clear afternoon when I set up a deck chair in the bush a short distance from a large eucalypt tree where the gliders came in to feed on the sap that flowed from cuts they made on the trunk. As night took over these beautiful gliders silently glided over my head onto the tree trunk and commenced feeding.
If that wasn’t thrilling enough, a few feathertail gliders, the smallest glider weighing less than 15 grams, sailed over my head and onto the tree trunk. They reminded me of were a tissue gently glider through the sky. It was a truly magical night. ... See MoreSee Less
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Lately one of the big local issues where I live is the push by some of our elected officials to cull and remove crocodiles from our coastal environment. Apparently it is such a hardship that we have them around where we want to recreationally fish, walk our dog or even swim. Boo-hoo!
Sometimes crocodiles take a dog, cow or even attack a human. These magnificent animals are in their natural habitat doing what they have done for millions of years.
The mostly political rhetoric that we are putting crocodiles before people is rubbish. Crocodiles are a top order predator and we need to live in harmony with nature and not control it. We are all fully aware of consequences of messing too much with our natural world.
My professional advice: Don't swim or wade into waters where they might be crocodiles, especially at night and when full of alcohol. Don't complain if your dog or cow gets taken by a crocodile if there are known risks.
There are plenty of wonderful places in Far North Queensland to enjoy fishing, swimming, walking where you will not be in any danger of being attacked by a crocodile. Just go to those places. It's not that hard.
Perhaps we should focus on some bigger and more important issues such as the impacts out-of-control climate change is having on our natural jewels such as the Great Barrier Reef and Wet Tropical rainforest. Just saying.
Anyway, I have posted a few of my photos of these magnificent creatures. I hope you like them. ... See MoreSee Less
Fleur QuinnIf you look at the global picture , you will see such large reptilian predators are quiet rare ! Humans are not !4 months ago · 1
The 2½ minute promotional video I recently made for Julia's lovely children's book, Paddy O'Melon The Irish Kangaroo, is now live on Exsile Publishing's You Tube site.
Please have a look and share as much as you can.
Thank you 😌
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Paddy O’Melon is the endearing story of a young rainforest kangaroo. Separated from his mother as a joey, he tries to find out what he really is from the oth...
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Some photos from my recent trip to the South Island of New Zealand. I hope you enjoy 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
Wild about Australia shared The Climate Council's Well, it's Groundhog Day, again..
The Climate Council
Sadly, I saw the level of bleaching off Port Douglas last year and am really worried about the impact of continued bleaching. Our elected officials show no interest in saving our reef.
The reef's future is linked to my home town (Cairns) which relies heavily on tourist income. At this rate, it won't be long before reef tour businesses go belly up and all our shiny, new, concrete accommodation blocks being built or planned, are empty and become white elephants. ... See MoreSee Less
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The final cover! Not long to go now 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less
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Some images from my final Vietnam/Cambodia 2017 expedition with Lindblad/National Geographic. Both are wonderful countries and the trips were awesome. Great to visit the temples again around Siem Reap. ... See MoreSee Less