Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Green tree python

A green tree python (Morelia viridis) at Reef HQ, Townsville

Monday, 12 February 2018

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Stonefish at Townsville's Reef HQ

There were a couple of stonefish stings in south east Queensland recently, one on the Gold Coast and one on the Sunshine Coast. It's possible the people didn't look where they put their feet, but given how cryptic the fish are even looking might not help. Here are two stonefish in a tank at Townsville's Reef HQ showing how well they can blend into the environment.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Leopard shark or zebra shark (Cairns Aquarium)

Here's the largest fish presently at the Cairns Aquarium at present, Stegostoma fasciatum. They seem to have two common names in Australia - leopard shark,from the adult colouration seen above, or zebra shark, from the juvenile colouration. Unfortunately the Aquarium doesn't have a juvenile on display, so here's a photo of one from the Wikimedia Commons:

Yes, they really need to make a baby zebra shark exhibit.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Taylor Point through the mangroves

On Sunday I spent some time lazing at the southern end of Kewarra Beach looking out to Taylor Point, Haycock and Double Islands and Palm Cove. Some mangroves right at the end struck me as a nice frame for a photo.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Palmer Sea Reef, Port Douglas

The joined 15th (foreground) and 10th greens at Sea Reef
The view from behind the second green gives some idea of how large the greens are

The beautifully set fifth green

From the sixth tee 

The approach shot to the seventh with some lovely bunkers and landscaping

The tenth hole from the tee

The eleventh green

The 15th

The sixteenth green offers an obvious pin position for the sadistic greenkeeper

The final hole has bunkers galore

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Leaf-tailed gecko (Cairns Aquarium)

It had been hard to get a good shot of the leaf-tailed gecko at Cairns Aquarium as it seems to prefer sitting on the side of the branches opposite the glass, and it was nice to finally catch it out front. I wonder how many of these I've failed to see in the wild.