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I am fascinated by reptiles. I was lucky to observe and photograph some Australian Water Dragons up close and a Brisbane River Turtle basking in the lunchtime sun.



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A water dragon and a delicate mushroom spotting on the way to work.



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Spotting on my morning walk to work –

  • A family of Swamp Hens making a nest on a lake bank, foraging for food and feeding a young chick whose wings were still very small
  • An Australian Water Dragon basking in a flower bed near a lake bank
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    After eating my lunch by the lake today, I decided to take a walk around the largest lake. As I walked and photographed the vibrant purple jacarandas lining the path, I observed a large water dragon and two turtles (Brisbane River Turtles). Both turtles were perched on rocks sticking out from the water. Perhaps sunning themselves in the mid afternoon sun? As I photographed one turtle I observed its head moving to get a better view of me and I could clearly see its small eyes. Such fascinating creatures. 20131010-173402.jpg20131010-173440.jpg

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    Below are photos of water dragons observed in or near the lakes in late September. Twice, while photographing a dragon perched on a bank near the waters edge, the dragon jumped into the water and swam away. As the dragon swam I observed that the motion looked very similar to that of crocodiles, with legs tucked close into the body and propulsion provided by a long strong tail. Fascinating!

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    During my lunch break I decided to again sit by the lake and eat my lunch and then head off for a walk around the lake. Today I also spotted a variety of wildlife, including four water dragons (two large dragons and two small, including one lying on a branch near the water’s edge), swamp hens, moorhens, pelicans and a Little Pied Cormorant

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    Yesterday during my lunch break I decided to sit near the complex of lakes in the grounds of the university I work at. I spotted an Australian Water Dragon sunning itself on my walk to the lakes. I eat my lunch, observing a flock of Corellas perched in a tree and a Noisy Minor and moorhen scavenging for scraps near my feet. Then I took a walk around the bigger lake and spotted two Little Pied Cormorants, three Little Black Cormorants, pelicans, moorhens, Swamphens, ducks and two turtles perched on rocks poking out of the lake waters.

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