Friday, December 14, 2007

Murray Darling


The Murray Darling Carpet Python!

What a special encounter this is!

My Dad found this one near Echuca. It measured 1.5m and was probed to be a male.

Murray Darling Carpet Pythons are Endangered to extinction.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Litoria peronii


The Perons Tree Frog is the only frog in Australia with a cross in its eye.
Its Call is a loud penetrating long rattling sound.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Bandy-Bandy Snake (Vermicella annulata)

The Bandy Bandy Snake is a very special animal. It feeds exclusively on Blind Snakes (Ramphotyphlops). The bandy-bandy snake is a burrowing snake that is seldom encountered. It is well known for a defensive display in which it alternates between thrashing and contorting itself into one or more large, vertically oriented coils, apparently to frighten predators.


Sunday, October 28, 2007

Tribute to the Eastern Brown Snake







The Eastern Brown Snake (Pseudonaja textilis) is one of Seven species found within the brown snake genus. Brown snakes though generally shy, are almost always nervous and defensive if provoked or cornered. The bottom photo shows typical colouration of the juveniles. They loose this colouring as they mature and although variable, most resemble that of the one photographed above.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Ode to the Tigersnake










The Eastern Tiger Snake (Notechis scutatus) is one of Victoria's Best Known Snakes (Next to the Eastern Brown Snake- which will feature in the next post). The Tiger Snake is highly variable in both size and colour it can commonly reach sizes of over 1.5metres. The Tiger Snake feeds upon frogs, lizards birds and small mammals. Tiger snake venom contains potent presynaptic neurotoxins (toxins in venom that cause paralysis or muscle weakness). The Tiger Snake is the 4th most venemous snake in the world the most venamous snake being the Inland Tiapan closely followed by the Eastern Brown Snake (featured next post).




Despite all these amazing/daunting facts please take the time to look for the beauty in this snake as they are Gods creatures and have a very important purpouse in the world.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Swampy

Swamp Wallabies like this one are usually solitary animals, however during the breeding season you can find groups of up to four individuals together. This time of year is when you are likely to find a joey chasing after mumma!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Permission to Land??!

I pestered this Hover Fly for about 20 minuits until i finally caught him mid flight coming into land on an everlasting daisy. Hoverflies are not related to bee's, instead they belong to the same group as blowflies (Diptera).






I.D Unknown







I found this little ripper spider orchid on the weekend whilst on patrol. I have no clues to its I.D as yet.. am awaiting a expert opinion. Ill post the species as soon as i know it!



Covered in Milk Pollen


This little wasp was foraging around in a milkmaid flower.

Can you small Chocolate?


The Chocolate Lilly has a distinctive chocolate small to its flowers!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Poppeye the slipper orchid!

This is a Slipper Orchid. We recently purchased this variety from a orchid grower in Dingley (Plantworld Nursery).


Monday, September 24, 2007

Two Heads Are Better Than One

A doubble headder Nodding Greenhead (Pterostylus nutans) is a rare find, so naturally i jumped at this photo opportunity.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Twisted

Any Regular visitors to my site would have worked out i have a fascination with mutated leaves!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Magie

The Australian Magpie is known to most not for its beauty or its gargaling call, but its tendancy to swoop unsuspecting people who walk to close to its young!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

James Blake Junior

The Brown Snake is widely recognised as the second most venomous snake in the world. Juvenile Browns like this one are commonly mistaken for the relatively harmless little whip snake.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Inspiration

My apologies to everyone still checking my site regurarly and not finding any new posts!
I always find this time of year difficult for my style of photography, as most of the critters I enjoy pointing a lens at are not around.

I find it is this time of year when i struggle for inspiration! - Any subject suggestions would be appreciated!!!!

Thankyou so much for your recent comments and encouragements, it has been those that have inspired me to keep this site going.

Cheers

Jeremy Tscharke

Saturday, June 30, 2007

Ice Ice Rusty

I managed to get myself out of bed early enough to encounter Jack Frost last week, and managed to get some happy snaps of his work.
This is a single barb on a rusty old barb wire fence.


Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Musk Lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna or the Musk Lorikeet Commonly inhabits open forests and woodlands where it follows the different species of Eucalyptus (Gum trees) as they burst into bloom. The Lorikeet family of Parrots can be distinguished from other parrot families by its bushy tongue that has been specially designed for the retrieval of nectar from gum blossoms.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

ANSWER

Thankyou everyone for your comments and guesses. Yes it is a Thorny Devil, a ant eating specialist from the sandy centre of Australia.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Rose thorn

Well I think its time for another guess the subject post. Its a easy one! Ill reveal the correct answer next post.


Thursday, June 07, 2007

Primate killer!

The Sydney Funnel web spider (Atrax robustus) is one fine photography subject! Males are about 5 times more venemous than females! Males venom is tailored for killing primates - a interesting fact considering there are no native primates in Australia!
For more information check out

Monday, June 04, 2007

Anostostoma australasiae (Giant King Cricket)

I cannot find a lot of information on the web about this not so little dude. But i can tell you that its nippers are the size of my thumb nail and it loves to jump!!! They reach a maximum body length of 7cm... not including legs! I know it does not sound all that big, but get a ruler out, find the 7cm mark and then imagine a cricket with a body length of that!

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Walking Stick

Acrophylla wuelfingi (Walking Stick) - Yet another of Australia's amazing stick insects. This one reaches a amazing body length of 22cm (female excluding legs).
As with the spiny leaf insect, the eggs resemble seed pods and are dropped into the leaf litter below. Check out http://www.phasmidsincyberspace.com/AcrophyllaWuelfingi.html for more information.

Spiny Leaf Insect

This is another image of the insect pictured below. I guess i just like the way she is peering out between her legs.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Extatosoma tiaratum



Thanks heaps to my mate Geoff Heard who kindly granted me access to his workplace where I was able to photograph some of Australia's most amazing invert species! Stay posted .. there are more to come! This is the Spiny Leaf Insect of Queensland. When eggs are laid they resemble seed pods which ants mistakingly carry into their nests. When they hatch they imitate the same ant species. They then emerge from the ant nest and assume there place amoungst the eucalyptus vegetation. Check out http://www.microcosmos.org.uk/Extatosoma%20tiaratum.htm to see documented life stages.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Best of friends.

I wonder who the Cattle Egrets associated with before European Settlement?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Chestnut & Grey

Chestnut Teal like this pair, although relatively common, are one of my favourite duck species, only trailing the Mountain Duck and Pink Eared Duck.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Acianthus exsertus



Mosquito and Gnatt Orchids are one of Australia's tiny orchid species, with flowers only reaching around 1cm in length.

Friday, May 04, 2007

Sacred Kingfisher

I found this little dude on the roadside near reedesdale a little while back now.
Emma would remember this one!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

SUTA SUTA


The Curl Snake (Suta Suta) is a inhabitant of the Northern Grasslands. It is so named after its intense curl like flicking motion that it does when threatened. Its venom has just been upgraded from not known to cause harm, to dangerously venemous (same classification as the brown and tiger snakes).

Monday, April 30, 2007

Pogona

Bearded Dragons love old fencing posts like this where they can be found basking in the sunlight. When approached they usually adopt this defensive pose (which is all bluff) in attempt to scare off predators or nosy photographers.


Thursday, April 26, 2007

Plains Wandering


The female Plains Wanderer above and Male below are endangered birds of the Northern Grasslands of Victoria and New South Wales. I feel privelaged to have had the opportunity to photograph them.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Eriochilus cucullatus


This little beauty is one of the first orchids I have seen this Autumn. Otherwise known as Parsons Bands. It stands at under 10cm tall and the flower its self is the size of your thumb nail. The object in question in my last post is a Chinton, a sea shell found on the inter tidal zone of rocky shore line. Thanks for your guesses!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Grandpa's Gums

Any guesses on what this is? I'll reveal the answer next post!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Bug Hair!


I dont know the species of catapiller, but it was feeding upon Golden Wattle exclusively in the nursery at work.