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Australian Wildlife Images


Australia presents some remarkably good opportunities to photograph interesting birds, animals and invertebrates. This web page contains a selection of recent wildlife pictures of interest, and some habitats.

Images, text and layout 2011 - 2012 Carlo Kopp



Australian Mammals




A Kangaroo Island Kangaroo with joey at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



The Kangaroo Island Kangaroo is a subspecies of the Western Grey Kangaroo (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).







Eastern Grey Kangaroo at Melbourne Zoo (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Above: Male Red Kangaroo at Melbourne Zoo in mid-hop; Below: same animal standing (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





A wild Eastern Grey Kangaroo at Cardinia Reservoir (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).





A wild Eastern Grey Kangaroo at Cardinia Reservoir (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).









Tree Kangaroos are found on Cape York, often in rainforest habitats. A larger range of species are however found in Papua New Guinea, including this endangered Goodfellow's Tree Kangaroo (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).







Above, below, Swamp Wallabies at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





Endangered Victorian Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Above, below, Koalas at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





The Common Brushtail Possum is a frequent occupant of urban areas and grows to weight of 4.5 kg, although this example could be larger. These are arboreal foragers which often steal petfood and ravage suburban fruit trees. This species is a frequent victim of electrocution on high voltage lines - I once observed an example fall from from a 7 metre power pole following a large blue discharge and bang, but recover and scurry off when I arrived to bury what I assumed was a deceased beast. The example depicted is also unusual as it has the less common rusty brown face and shoulder colouring (Images 2012 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90 with internal flash).



Australian Reptiles



The Coastal Taipan, above and below, evolved a subdued camouflage well suited to the undergrowth in which it hunts its prey (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).









Brown Snake (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Above and below, Barrow Island Perentie monitor Varanus giganteus (Images 1979 Carlo Kopp; Exakta VX500 / Meyer-Optik Görlitz 50mm f2.8).





The Lace Monitor Varanus varius, above and below, is closely related to the Perentie (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).




Australian Birds


Tawny Frogmouth at Healesville Sanctuary (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Australian White Ibis at Healesville Sanctuary (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Male and female Australian Wood Ducks at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





Male Blue-billed Duck at Melbourne Zoo (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





Pacific Black Duck at Werribee Zoo, above, and Lysterfield Lake, below (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).







Dusky Moorhen at Melbourne Zoo (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Purple Swamp Hen at Lysterfield Lake in Victoria (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).







Eurasian Coots at Lysterfield Lake in Victoria (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



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Australian Pied Cormorant at Monash Uni, Clayton, in spring, 2013 (Sigma AF 400mm f/5.6 APO on D90).



Little Black Cormorant at the Seaford Wetlands Reserve in Victoria (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



A flock of Chestnut Teal ducks at the Seaford Wetlands Reserve in Victoria (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Pacific Gull juvenile (Larus pacificus) posing for the camera in December, 2010, on the Rye Jetty, Mornington Peninsula (Fuji HS10 December, 2010).





Pacific Gull juvenile (Larus pacificus) portrait (Fuji HS10 December, 2010).



Silver Gull at Carrum (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).



  Silver Gull juvenile in a shopping centre carpark ().



The Nankeen Night Heron in mating plumage at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Magpie Lark at Lysterfield Lake in Victoria (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



The Emu is Australia's answer to the ostrich. The specimen above is part of the Melbourne Zoo collection, below at Healesville Sanctuary (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





Superb Lyrebird at Healesville Sanctuary (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Endangered Brush Bronzewing native pidgeon at Healesville Sanctuary (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Bronzewing native pidgeon at Lysterfield Lake (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



A mated pair of Crested Pidgeons at Werribee Zoo (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Rainbow Lorikeet foraging for nectar in a suburban eucalypt tree in Noble Park (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





Regent Parrot at Healesville Sanctuary (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





The Galah hardly needs introduction to Australian visitors. These examples were captured grazing at Cardinia Reservoir (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).







An immature King Parrot - it takes seven years for these birds to gain their characteristic orange-red head in Lamington National Park (Image 1997 Carlo Kopp; M645/1000S / Sekor C 80 mm f/2.8).



An adult King Parrot with its beautiful plumage in Lamington National Park (Image 1997 Carlo Kopp; M645/1000S / Sekor C 80 mm f/2.8).



Portrait of a Crimson Rosella Lamington National Park (Image 1997 Carlo Kopp; M645/1000S / Sekor C 80 mm f/2.8).



A mated pair of Gang Gang Cockatoos feeding at Kingston, ACT (Images 2012 Carlo Kopp
; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).





A Sulphur Crested Cockatoo at Kingston, ACT (Image 2012 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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An immaculate juvenile Grey Butcherbird posing for the camera in Spring, 2013 (Sigma AF 400mm f/5.6 APO on D90).



This juvenile Magpie, despite being almost adult size, insisted upon being fed by its parents, and was observed being fed (Fuji HS10 November, 2010).



Another attractive specimen of the Magpie, photographed in late May, 2010 (Fuji HS10 May, 2010).






Above, below: Little Raven perched on a roof in Noble Park. Sekor A 200 mm f/2.8  APO manual focus lens mounted on a Nikon D90 at 450 ISO and 1/1000, using the Legacy2Digital modified adaptor.





Above, below: a Brush Wattlebird feeding on blossoms of the Banksia integrifolia (03/2012).





Red Wattlebird prior to feeding on a Banksia Integrifolia. This loud native honeyeater is a frequent visitor in Melbourne suburbs, but mostly prefers native blossoms (Nikkor 70-300mm D-ED/ D90 08/2011).





Brolga at Healesville Sanctuary (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Blue Wren at the Seaford Wetlands Reserve in Victoria (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).


Australian Butterflies

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Australian Painted Lady (Vanessa kershawi) Butterfly (Images 2013 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Australian Admiral (Vanessa itea) Butterfly (Images 2013 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

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Cairns Birdwing at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Ulysses Swallowtail at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Orchard Swallowtail at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Blue Banded Eggfly at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Common Eggfly at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Plain Tiger at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Lurcher at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Orange Lacewing at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Chocolate Argus at Melbourne Zoo (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Cardinia Reservoir




Cardinia Reservoir is a major water catchment near Melbourne, adjacent to a state park (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).





Detail of island in Cardinia Reservoir  (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Native forest in the state park (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8G / D90).



Rural countryside near Cardinia Reservoir (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).


Lysterfield Lake / Park



Located in the foothills of the Dandenong Range, Lysterfield Lake was originally constructed and operated as a water catchment. More recently it has been maintained as a recreational area (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).





The foothills of the Dandenong Range are mostly covered by sparse eucalypt forests (Images 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).









Feather Wattle in Lysterfield Park (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).



Melaleuca armillaris in Lysterfield Park (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED / D90).

Australian Wetlands



Seaford Wetlands Reserve in Victoria, a remnant of a much larger wetlands system which has been largely drained (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).



Seaford Wetlands Reserve (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).



Eel Race Catchement near Carrum in Victoria (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).

Australian Tree Ferns



Several species of tree fern are native to Australia, and can be found in both tropical and subtropical forests (Image 2011 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 45 mm f/2.8N + Fotodiox Pro adaptor / D90).





A tree fern in the Lamington National Park rainforest (Image 1997 Carlo Kopp; Sekor C 80 mm f/2.8 / M645/1000S).


Other Interesting Wildlife Sites

http://www.wildlife-photo.org/






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