Month: January 2010

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Eastern Grey Kangaroo, at Tom Groggins, Mount Kosciuszko National Park

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Eastern Grey Kangaroo, with an injured or sick eye at Tom Groggins, Mount Kosciuszko National Par

Pedestrian on steps Federation Square, Melbourne
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  Pedestrian on Kimberely Sandstone steps Federation Square, Melbourne Pedestrian on steps Federation Square, Melbourne, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Pedestrian on Kimberely Sandstone steps Federation Square, Melbourne > iframe {position: absolute;top: 0;left: 0;} _psEmbed("https://davewalshphoto.photoshelter.com");

Girl walking down Hosier Lane
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Woman walking down Hosier Lane, beside Graffiti and moped, Melbourne

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Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae, at Tom Groggins, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia Laughing Kookaburra, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Laughing Kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae, at Tom Groggins, Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia. Now, I'm sure there's gonna be Australians who wonder why I'm posting such a common bird, but I'm very taken with them. I saw lots of kookaburras while in Australia, but these are my favourite images of what is essentially a huge kingfisher with attitude. My first encounter was in 2007, a few days after arriving in Australia for my first visit. I was staying at a house in the New South Wales bush, sleeping with only the screen door separating me from the outside world. In what seemed like the middle of the night I *seemed* to awake to what sounded like a mad person laughing racously in my room, or perhaps even...

Dead trees in Lake Hume, Victoria .
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Lake Hume, or Hume Weir, is an artificial lake on the Murray River, east of Albury-Wodonga, and downstream from the river's junction with the Mitta River

Grey Headed Flying Fox
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Grey Headed Flying Fox and young baby attached, taking off from tree, Smiths Lake, New South Wales. Now listed by the IUCN as Vulnerable A2ace. Grey Headed Flying Fox, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Grey Headed Flying Fox and young taking off from tree, Smiths Lake, New South Wales. We crept into some dense bush with lots of thorns to see these guys - alas when we discovered them, we were leaving the area, and the sun was high in the sky, making them very difficult to photograph from underneath.

Dead trees in Lake Hume, Victoria .
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Dead trees in Lake Hume, Victoria, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Dead trees in Lake Hume, Victoria (more photos). Driving from the Snowy Mountains pass the town of Tallangatta (which was moved in the 1950s to create this lake) I was really struck by the eerie vision of thousands of dead trees rising above the waters of this man-made lake. A Lake Hume, or Hume Weir, is an artificial lake on the Murray River, east of Albury-Wodonga, and downstream from the river's junction with the Mitta River. Created in the 1930s, it is the furthest downstream of the major reservoirs on the Murray River system, and has the capacity to release water at the fastest rate. As a result, Lake Hume is used by Australian irrigation authorities as the storage of first resort. Lake Hume typically falls to less than one-third of its capacity by March each year, but...

Tawny Frogmouth
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Tawny Frogmouth, originally uploaded by Dave Walsh Photography. Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) regarding me disdainfully, while perched on a suburban recyling bin at Smiths Lake, New South Wales. Often mistaken for an owl the frogmouth is actually related to the nightjar (and owls have binocular vision, like humans). While it does have anisodactyl feet (one pointing backwards) like an owl, it doesn't fly to hunt - rather it perches, and waits for it food to come by - insects, frogs and rodents, to come by, then it strikes with its beak.

Iceberg: Cirrus clouds over iceberg
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Cirrus clouds over an arched Iceberg near Nuugaatsiaq, West Greenland