Lane Cove National Park #3: Land creatures

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)


 
This final post in the Lane Cove National Park series features the Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami) and the Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii).

 

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

[Note for newcomers to this site: click on the pictures to view higher resolution images.]

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)


 

The Aussie brush turkey is mostly a ground-dweller and builds great mounds of soil/leaves/mulch/compost to incubate its eggs. If one of these birds makes your garden its home you can expect radical rearrangements to take place — almost unstoppably.
Some years ago I read a rather amusing article about a man and a brush turkey in the Gold Coast Bulletin. The text of the article is reproduced here.
 

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

Australian brush turkey (Alectura lathami)

 

Inquisitive

Inquisitive

This brush turkey made many visits to our spot. Something to do with the raw sunflower seeds one of us was eating, I’m sure.

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

 

Many of these beautiful creatures came out for a bask but remained wary enough to move away if anyone approached too closely.

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

 

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

Australian water dragon (Intellagama lesueurii)

When you lie down after a hearty picnic meal — as you do — and find that you’re still holding the camera — as sometimes happens — the only appropriate thing to do is photograph the trees overhead. Messing around with the exposures is optional.

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tree02

tree03

 

Useful links:

Lane Cove National Park #1: Waterfowl
Lane Cove National Park #2: Laughing kookaburra
Official page of the Lane Cove National Park

Date: 25 October 2014
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Sunny
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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