With Chris Cook

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The animals featured in this gallery are all Australian native species, with some of these species being showcased in the “Wild in Banyule” public exhibition being showcased in February 2021. 

I find reptiles and amphibians to be incredibly stunning. Whenever I get the chance to get up close and personal, I like to take my time and take in all of the beauty of the animal. To date I haven’t been able to produce images that I feel gives the beauty of the creatures justice, until now. By purpose building a studio, I have been able to augment this beauty by incorporating a reflection of the animal.

Hiding long neck – Chelodina longicollis

Also known as a “Snake Neck” Turtle, this species long neck is certainly its stand out feature. They are found along the east coast of Australia from Queensland and as far as south-eastern South Australia. The species is wide spread and not considered to be threatened, but they do live in freshwater ecosystems that certainly need better care. 

Green Tree Frog Pondering – Litoria caerulea

It almost feels like cheating using a frog as a photography subject; Especially after years of trying to capture images of wild animals like fish and birds, capturing images of a placid and predictable frog is a dream. Although this particular species of frog is listed as Least Concern, I have personally noticed a huge decline in frog numbers in my own life. Internationally frogs are facing huge amounts of habitat loss and population decline to chytrid fungus, unfortunately Australia is no exception for either of these threats.   

Pogona Reflection – Pogona vitticeps

Bearded dragons get their name from the spikes spikes under their chin. With a name like “dragon” and  their spiny skin, one might think they would be a threat to people, but it’s quite the opposite. Native to Australia, they are found in temperate to tropical arid to semi-arid woodland areas. Their placid demeanor and inquisitive nature draws people to them and they have become one of the most common pet reptiles in the world.

Did you know…

…that I give fun, nature-based presentations to schools and other organisations?

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