Monday, 29 October 2012

Our World Tuesday - Australian Nightlife.....

When I was away in the Grampians a couple of weeks ago I took the kids on a bit of a night walk - we had a guide to provide red-lens torches (flash-lights to some!).  These have the advantage of letting us see, but not really disturbing the wildlife.

While not thick on the ground there was enough to be seen to keep even the grasshopper minds of kids interested.

I managed to get these images of Ring-Tailed Possums (Pseudocheirus peregrines) which is a common species - in fact I often see it running about on the phone and power cables outside my house!






As we were turning for home a Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) flashed across the path in front of us and took up residence on a dead stump.  I was a very nice bird to see.



You can read more about my trip to the Grampians here.

You can find more pictures rom around the world at Our World Tuesday.

Enjoy the pictures.

21 comments:

Penelope Postcards said...

The description of “grasshopper” minds seems fitting for people in general sometimes. The possums are such cute little creatures. And since taking pictures at night has its challenges I like how the eyes of the owl came out so clear under flashlight. :)

EG CameraGirl said...

What a magical adventure! Night photography baffles me...but I shall try it soon, I hope. :)

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AllyJo said...

Nice lucky catches. Thanks for sharing.

Rustic Vintage Country said...

All good photos but I LOVE the last two!

TexWisGirl said...

AWESOME sightings! great photos! so cute and cool looking!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

You hit the jackpot! Is the Tawny Frogmouth a type of owl? Really cool shots.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures, Stewart!! I do love the eyes! Wonderful night shots! Have a great week!

mick said...

Nice photos of the possums and the frogmouth is beautiful.

Brian King said...

Your possums are much better looking than ours! That's a fact. Love the Frogmouth, too! Really nice shots, Stewart!

Gary said...

Great series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Night hike would be so much fun. I just love the name "tawny frogmouth".

Carole M. said...

great snaps in the night lights Stewart; a special bonus getting the tawny as well

eileeninmd said...

What fun and very cool sightings. I love the possums and the frogmouth is awesome! Great post, Stewart!

pattisjarrett said...

Your wildlife is so different from anything I've seen anywhere else. I'm always amazed at the variations. That is one pretty little bird. The ring-tailed possums are cute, too.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Fantastic wild life photography ~ just wonderful! ~ Very professional ~ (A Creative Harbor) ^_^

SandyCarlson said...

This taught me plenty! Amazing.

Robert Geiss said...

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ladyfi said...

Love your description of your kids' attention span!

Lovely shots - how wonderful to see these animals in the flesh!

Icy BC said...

Those are beautiful night shots of wild life!

Johnny Nutcase said...

So cool! Love that you got some great photos, great stuff!