Golden Pheasant

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My last post was all about grey, so let’s go the other way and add a splash of colour! The golden pheasant or Chinese pheasant is native to the mountain forests of western China.

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Making the most of the grey…

My plan was to head in to the city and check out the spring colour in the Royal Botanic Garden. However, just as I stepped off the bus at Circular Quay the sun disappeared behind the clouds and everything looked a bit grey. That got me thinking about the yet to be used monochrome setting on my camera. So instead of turning right and heading to the Gardens, I turned left and went to the Rocks instead.

Red-bellied Black Snake

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The red-bellied black snake is common in urban areas as well as woodlands, forests and swamplands along the eastern coast of Australia. While generally not an aggressive species, when provoked, it will recoil into its striking stance as a threat, but will try to escape at the first opportunity. Its consists of neurotoxins, mycotoxins, coagulants and also has haemolytic properties. Bites from red-bellied black snake are rarely life-threatening, but need immediate medical attention.

Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

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International World Tiger Day

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Tigers are on the brink of extinction and International World Tiger Day aims to bring attention to this fact & try to halt their decline. Many factors have caused their numbers to fall, including habitat loss, climate change, hunting & poaching. Tiger Day aims to protect and expand their habitats and raise awareness of the need for conservation.

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Red Panda

 

There is one very important factor that must be taken into account when photographing animals – luck! When you have an animal that spends a significant amount of time asleep in the trees, if it is staying still, with its face hidden there’s not much that you can do about it. Sometimes you need to look for an unusual angle or a break in the leaves.

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Night Skink

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The night skink or the nocturnal desert skink is widely distributed in the western half of the Australian mainland interior, and becomes more common in the northern half of the Australian desert regions. Their preferred habitat is arid sand plains and inter-dunes with spinifex.

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Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

White Cheeked Gibbon

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The White Cheeked Gibbon, also known as the Northern White Cheeked Gibbon, is native to South East Asia, specifically in the tropical forests of Vietnam, Laos and China.

Gibbon habitat is being destroyed by the spread of agriculture deeper into mountainous areas, as well as logging for fuel wood and timber products. Loss of habitat is of particular concern in China and Vietnam. This species is also hunted for bushmeat and traditional medicines. It is presumed that the white cheeked gibbon is now extinct in China.

When born these gibbons are a pale golden or buff colour, gradually darkening to black over their first two years. When the gibbons reach sexual maturity the males will remain black, while the females like Nelly, revert to the buff colour.

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Photo taken at Taronga Zoo, Sydney