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Back from Australia

Posted by Will on

We have recently returned from a fantastic trip to Australia, where we visited some beautiful landscapes and enjoyed photographing the country’s unique and varied wildlife.

We started our trip with a night on French Island, home to one of the densest koala populations in the world. Koalas in Australia were almost hunted to extinction during the early 20th century and populations on the mainland are in decline due to disease, habitat loss and the impact of urbanisation. As a result, koalas are regularly taken from French Island to repopulate areas on the mainland.

Koala Portrait, French Island
Mother and Baby Koala, French Island

Next we travelled to the rugged and remote northwest coast of Tasmania in order to photograph Tasmanian Devils in the wild (this will be the subject of a future post). While our nights were taken up with photographing the Tassie Devils, our days were free to explore the wild and beautiful coastline. This gave us a great opportunity to test a new 10-stop Neutral Density filter that we recently bought! This filter cuts out 10-stops of light, allowing us to achieve extremely slow shutter-speeds, even in the middle of the day. The effect of this was to blur the sea and even the clouds as they moved across the sky.

Tasmanian Coast, taken with a 10-stop ND filter
Tasmanian Sunrise, taken with a 10-stop ND filter

After leaving the coastline, we drove to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. We spent several days there and got treated to the full spectrum of Tasmanian weather… on a couple of occasions we even got snowed on, despite it being the middle of the southern-hemisphere summer!

Matt looking out over Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, Tasmania

Wildlife around Cradle Mountain was abundant and we enjoyed stalking wallabies and goofy wombats when the light was not appropriate for landscape photography.

Red-necked Wallaby, Cradle Mountain
Common Wombat, Cradle Mountain

Our next location was Kangaroo Island in South Australia. As its name suggests, the island is home to plenty of kangaroos! These kangaroos are a subspecies of the Western Grey Kangaroo found on the mainland. They emerge to graze shortly before sunset, which presented us with a brief opportunity to photograph them in good light. We also photographed a variety of other creatures such as the bizarre egg-laying echidna.

Kangaroo Island Kangaroo, Kangaroo Island
Echidna, Kangaroo Island

We were fascinated to find that fossilised forests were exposed along parts of Kangaroo Island’s coast. The first image below shows a fossilised root system that we found under an overhang. Taking the shot involved clinging precipitously to a crumbling cliff-face, high above the crashing ocean! The island also boasts some spectacular coastal features such as Admiral’s Arch, shown in the second picture below. The formations hanging down from the roof are also fossilised tree roots.

Fossilised Tree Roots, Kangaroo Island
Admiral’s Arch, Kangaroo Island

The final part of our journey took us to into the heart of Australia’s outback. Five hours drive from Adelaide, lies the spectacular Flinders Ranges – the largest mountain range in South Australia. The Flinders Ranges has an abundance of animal and plant life, however extensive sheep grazing and the invasion of non-native wildlife have taken their toll on the biodiversity of the region. One of the species that has suffered most is the Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, shown below in its typical environment. On the other hand, emus are common in the Flinders Ranges, and they can often be seen grazing in the more open areas. As shown in the photograph below, it is the male Emu that looks after the chicks, staying with them for up to 7 months in order to protect them and teach them how to find food.

Emus, Flinders Ranges
Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby, Flinders Ranges

You can find more photographs from Australia in our Australian Wildlife gallery. Feel free to post a comment letting us know which photograph you like best!

21 Comments

  1. james said: February 9, 2011 at 7:35 am

    Thanks to share your informative information in this blog site about the travel section Australia is very beautiful location weather so great thanks to share your topic the picture are awesome.

  2. Peter Hammer said: February 9, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Wish I had known you were coming to Australia and especially my home state of Victoria. It would have been wonderful to meet up with you.

  3. Lucy Kemp said: February 9, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Wow- excellent images, as usual! I loved the one of Admiral’s Arch the most. Really great post, thanks for sharing!

  4. Marco Fiori said: February 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Awesome images! One day I’ll make it there!

    Marco

  5. Sandra Dryden said: February 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    Once again amazing pictures. Two very talented guys. Stunning coastline photos.

  6. Roan Smit said: February 9, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    They are all beautiful – but I do love the sea-scape with the sunrise/-set. Thanx for sharing these.

  7. J.K. Putnam said: February 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    What a wonderful trip! Reminds me of my own: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jkputnam/sets/72157623383439046/
    I like the photo of the Rock-wallaby the most, it eluded me when I was in Flinders, I’m jealous you guys even saw one! It looks like it was a wonderful trip, thanks for sharing.

  8. Jackie said: February 9, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Fantastic photos! Thanks

  9. Techuser said: February 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Nice trip report, lighting in your shots is always awesome, liked specially the king parrot one

  10. Marcelo Krause said: February 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Stunning images guys, well done!!!

  11. Will said: February 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks guys!

  12. Khris Griffis said: February 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    You guys do some amazing work! My favorites are the wombats! Did you happen to get a look at their long burrowing claw? Your landscapes are all so wonderful and each possesses a unique feeling. Thanks for sharing your journeys and art!

  13. Ruben Vicente said: February 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Great work!

    Australia is definetely on my travel wishlist, nice to see some great shots from there =D

  14. Pierre Sauvageau said: February 9, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    all the pictures are so great……..but the Island Kangaroo in mid-air………now really…..great shot………..

  15. Rachel said: February 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    The landscape photos are breathtaking!awesome job guys! =)

  16. cherie said: February 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    my favourites are eastern wallaroos and roadkill both on other pages

  17. CrazyTourists said: February 10, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Wow!! I would love to “be in your shoes”!! What a great experience it must be to witness all these wonders! Thank you for sharing!!

  18. Brenda said: February 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I simply fell in love with the shot you took of the mother and baby kowala bears on the ground near a base of a tree.
    I am forwarding your website to an Aussie friend. He would LOVE all of your shots for sure! Thanks for sharing them!

  19. Annie Tyler said: February 11, 2011 at 4:24 am

    Great pictures as always, but I’m a fan of down under, thanks for sharing!

  20. Yalonda said: February 24, 2011 at 12:46 am

    I am stunned every time by how fantastic your photos are! I love all of them and hope to someday be able to travel and take photos as well as you! Keep up the great work!

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