Monday, October 26, 2015

Slowcoach python won't break fast on camera(man)


Sat down on dry lagoon bed and waited for slowcoach Amethystine Python (Morelia amethistina)  to wander across for little get-together at Tyto recently. Also had time to pace out length: almost right on four metres. Youtube video of the action here



Also been enjoying quality time with Goulds monitors (Varanus gouldii) at Mungalla lately. Hard to get better pose than this one-metre fellow on earthworks overlooking Palm Creek's eastern fork into the (now dry) hymenachne wetlands,

And here's a slightly smaller monitor in one of several mango tree hidey-holes at old homestead site.

Would you believe this Praying mantis (Archimantis latistyla) lined up so prettily for me at the Tyto hide over the weekend? Not likely. Had to clamber about the hide to catch reluctant wildlife star and insist upon several takes before we got it right. Some creatures have too little respect for the creative arts!

2 comments:

mick said...

Extra great photos this time, Tony, especially the Praying mantis. BUT the liberties you take with snakes has me shivering here in my computer chair!

Tony Ashton said...

I wouldn't sit for a Brown or Taipan, but they wouldn't be seen dead near my boots. In fact, since 2009 the lack of some species of snakes up this way deserves some serious study. The huge flood that year seems to have washed much away.