NETTED. On a recent visit into White Mountains National Park, I was dodging central netted dragons left, right and centre on the main access track. While these dragons generally prefer high vantage points, there weren't many of those available on the track, so they had all dug their burrows underneath bits of woody debris or the centre of piled grass clumps on which they would sun themselves and have a lookout over the relatively flat country, usually scurrying away at the sight and sound of a big silver diesel 4WD. This one was a wee bit tamer than the rest, allowing us a bit of a photo shoot.
This photograph sums up the essence of the Cape Buffalo; an imposing animal with a reputation for being grumpy and unpredictable. They’re not really animals that you want to start honking or revving out of the way.
When we visited Tanzania we were lucky to witness some of the huge numbers of wildebeest moving through the Northern Serengeti on their way to the Maasai Mara, as part of the Great Migration (one of the Seven Wonders of Africa). Around 1.5 million wildebeest take part in this migration, which is based on the availability of grazing. We saw only a tiny fraction of this number but that was plenty enough to be a jaw dropping sight.
We arrived as this small break-off herd just began crossing a road, and then had to wait 30 minutes for them to all cross because there were so many (not that I was complaining!)!
Frilled Tree Frog (Kinabatangan River, Borneo)⠀
One of my favourite animal spots in the Borneo were the numerous species of frog. The majority of these appeared at night time so getting good quality photographs was a bit of a struggle. ⠀
This species though, the frilled tree frog, was spotted by our guide during an afternoon walk through the rainforest surrounding the Kinabatangan river in Sukau. ⠀
This small frog species lives almost entirely in trees and has a textured pattern that helps keep it camouflaged against tree bark. I have no idea how our guide spotted this little guy as even after he pointed it out it was difficult to spot. ⠀
I positioned the frog off-centre in this image as I wanted to convey the difficulty being had in spotting the small creature against the texture of the tree bark.