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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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    I’ve previously blogged about observing, over a number of days, a water dragon perched on an inlet pipe – Water Dragons Observed – May 2013 – continued, and a water dragon lying on a branch of shrub overhanging the lake – Water Dragons Observed – May 2013. I was intrigued to once again observed these ‘phenomena’ this week. A dragon was present on the inlet pipe on at least two days, and a dragon was located in the same shrub overhanging the water (third photo below – in the middle of the frame). In the fourth photo below you can see the silhouetted shape of the dragon lying length ways on a branch. In my last post I speculated that the dragon may have been in the tree as moorhens may have been nesting below. But in this instance there didn’t appear to be a nest or nesting material beneath where the dragon was perched.

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