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Chris ‘Brolga’ Barns doing amazing work for one of the icons of the outback, the Red Kangaroo. Rescuing joeys (young kangaroos) from pouches of their dead mothers who have been hit by a vehicle. If you ever see a dead kangaroo (any marsupial really) by the side of the road, always stop and check as chances are the young inside the pouch could have survived the impact. And if you’re in Central Australia be sure to stop and check out the sanctuary in Alice springs
Bad timing doesn’t exist. Because at the end of the day, the right people fight for you. The right people show up. The right people care, not only when life is convenient, but when it is difficult and messy and it aches all over. Have the courage to wait for those people. Do not settle!
It’s weird when I first saw Uluru I was disappointed that I didn’t have that overwhelming feeling that everyone told me about. Most had said it was such a special, spiritual place, whilst others had said it was just a big rock, so what. I was worried that the latter was right. But then you get up close and it’s hard to take your eyes of it. It is big.. Much bigger than you think, and the colours do change. But none more impressive than sunset. It’s the rockstar of the outback that not only captures the hearts of thousands of overseas and domestic travels, but many Aboriginal people. Who travel from all over Australia to see a place where culture and country is strong, where they still practise and teach traditions and speak their language(s) that has been that way for 35,000 years. It’s not without it’s controversies but Uluru is a good start of where we could be heading in regards towards Aboriginal culture and joint management.
Just realised this is my last day of seeing the ocean for a bit. I’ve always had a connection with water since I was a little kid, but I’ve also had a fascination and intrigue about the outback. Can’t wait to see what it brings
Been trying to get a picture of a sea lion surfing the waves. This is my best attempt so far. Will keep working on it. Hopefully will get some nicer waves in the next few weeks and can stop annoying the rangers down there 😅
A sure sign Autumn is here (and winter is coming) is regular sightings of Scarlet Robins. Perhaps one of my favourite times of year. The ocean is warm, the days still long and the wind is finally calm (before the storm).
I started writing a big spiel on roadkill on the island (don’t get me started people) when ironically I stumbled across this poor kangaroo Joey on the side of the road today. It’s mother had been hit by a car. If you can’t have the decency to slow down on the roads, at least have the decency to check if the animal you hit is alive or dead and if by chance a Joey has survived the accident. This guy would have been left to slowly die if I had not found him 😤 I’ve handed the Joey over to the vet and am waiting to hear if they think it has a chance to live or not. Remember slow down! Animals can’t avoid you at 110kmph...... update: unfortunately due to head trauma he didn’t make it and had to put down
SAMs (Sub Adult Males) like most teenagers are the trouble makers of seal bay. They will harass the younger sea lions and test the adults. Very much becoming interested in the girls (although the girls are not so interested in them), they will go along the beach waking up all the girls to see if they can have a snuggle. This is usually meet by a grumpy female who is trying to rest before her next fishing trip, as this young male (on top) found out when he tried to wake this female up (bottom). Although they don’t often have a lot of luck with the ladies, these young boys remain highly optimistic and he simple carried down the beach to the next girl...
If we listened to our intellect we'd never have a love affair. We'd never have a friendship. We'd never go in business because we'd be cynical: "It's gonna go wrong." Or "She's going to hurt me." Or, “I've had a couple of bad love affairs, so therefore . . ." Well, that's nonsense. You're going to miss life. You've got to jump off the cliff all the time and build your wings on the way down.
I’m pretty lucky through work I get to hang out with Australian Sea Lions on the beach most days down on Kangaroo Island. But this is the first time I got to jump in the water with them, over at Port Lincoln. And I gotta admit these guys are the most interactive/fun marine animal I’ve ever swam with. The more twists and turns you do the more they want to play and end up copying you. Such beautiful creatures in and out of the water. Thanks to @adventurebaycharters for another great day. Shot with: GoPro hero silver 4. Music: Discover. Musician: @iksonofficial (also I need someone to teach me how to edit videos properly. Also any one got any ideas oh what that scar is from?)
I only waited 3 years for this present. But it was 110% worth it, to see these amazing animals. Spent the weekend down at Port Lincoln, @southaustralia with @adventurebaycharters exploring another part of the southern ocean. Ever since I was little I’ve always loved animals and sought experiences with them but in a way that doesn’t compromise the welfare of the animal itself. If you ever choose to do it I couldnt recommend @adventurebaycharters more. They are one of three operators that are allowed to take people cage diving but they are the only one the doesn’t use bait and chum (blood and guts) to attract the sharks. Instead they use a music lure and the vibrations in the water to attract them. Sharks (particularly Great Whites) already have a bad rap in @Australia and blood and bait can work them up, like any wild animal, feeding them over time can make them more aggressive towards boats and people, which does nothing for their reputation. The sharks we saw were surprising calm and curious and in turn we all felt calm in the water with them. As the guys said to me, you wouldn’t rock up to Africa and put out food for Lions, so why should it be any different for this apex predator. Sure it’s great to see a Great White with its jaws open coming towards the cage but isnt it refreshing to see another side of them. Music: make me feel, musician: Not the king. 👑
Managed to spot this Limpkin (normally not seeing during the middle of the day) out in the Everglades, wading through the water. Love this shot because everything was completely blurry except for face of the bird. I also love the effect of the moving water as the Limpkin moved through, mixed with the reflection from the overhanging brunches
“For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out” ~ James Baldwin