Australian animals (part 3)

This is an update of two of my older posts about Australian animals, mainly focused on animals that live close to the water. The first two parts are here: part 1, part 2.

I have added a few more photos of Australian animals that I stumbled upon on bushwalks, or close to home, in parks in and around Melbourne. In general, I have to say that even though some of the animals listed here can be quite dangerous, it is very unlikely to encounter them in the wild. Most encounters were just by accident when going off-trail in reasonably remote areas. This list should be representative of the Australian states of Victoria, New South Wales (NSW) and Tasmania. That is, you are likely to encounter these animals at some point when venturing outdoors, especially into more remote areas.

I have marked the updates or additions in red colour.

A Gibbsland water dragon sitting next to a river.
A Gibbsland water dragon sitting next to a river.
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Night and astrophotography

Over the last months, I have experimented a bit with night and astrophotography. By astrophotography, I mean the classical landscape photography of the night sky with different objects in the foreground, see the photos below. I am not talking about photography of individual astronomical objects using more advanced camera setups and accessories such as star trackers, amateur telescopes, etc. here – I will leave that for later.

The Molonglo radio telescope in front of the Milky Way and the South Celestial pole.
The Molonglo radio telescope in front of the Milky Way and the South Celestial pole.
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Australian animals (part 2)

Since my last post about Australian animals at the end of 2013, a lot has happened, and I have seen many more Australian animals either in the wild or animal sanctuaries. While most of them are quite friendly, some can potentially be very dangerous.

Here is an updated list of animals in Australia that I have tried to match up with photos that I have taken.

Two kangaroos fighting.
Two kangaroos fighting.
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Australian Fauna So Far

Here is a list of all the animals that I encountered in Australia so far.

Kangaroos in the late evening sun.
Kangaroos in the late evening sun.

As I already mentioned in my earlier post, it is tough to find any animals that could potentially be venomous in Melbourne. The same is true for nearly all larger animals, except for a few possums which live in the trees around Alexandra Gardens in the centre of Melbourne. Some of the locals feed them from time to time. The only time that I encountered a kangaroo was when I found one dead near the road. From my limited experience of Sydney, I would say the same for the city with the famous opera house. Although Sydney is supposed to be the home of the highly infamous Funnel Web spiders, I could not see any sign of them at all - luckily.

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Andalucía Collection

This is a collection of some of the best photo that I have taken on my journey through Andalusia, Spain during the last two years.

Mountain chain seen from Granada.
Mountain chain seen from Granada.

Over the last two years, I spent a considerable amount of time on my journeys in Andalucía. That is the most southern autonomous region of Spain. It harbours the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the beautiful cities of Granada, Sevilla and Córdoba, to name a few, and other beautiful sights. In the West it borders with Portugal and Morocco is just half an hour ferry ride away in the South. Because of its southern location and its relatively mild temperatures in the winter months (November, December, etc.), it is well suited as a winter travel destination. Especially because it is not too far away from most central European countries.

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