You’re already familiar with Lonesome George and frisky Diego, and it turns out the creatures of the Galapagos Islands are pretty familiar with people, too – in fact, they barely flinch when you slowly creep up to them with an extended lens. I clicked hundreds of reptile pics during my recent cruise with Aurora Expeditions – the Ecuadorian islands are home to 28 reptile species but they look different wherever you go, so you can’t help but get snap-happy. Three different types of Galapagos land iguana, for example, can be found on a handful of the islands, and their colouration ranges from bright yellow to beige. Same same, but different. Similarly, tiny lava lizards look like peaches on some islands, chocolate chip biccies on others. And marine iguanas can range from ashtray grey to Rastafarian. Here, a peek at some of my favourite scalies from the trip, including some giant tortoises on Santa Cruz. Click on a thumbnail below to see the full-size pic and shooting info.
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Maaan I miss seeing dolphins - always such a treat when they appear during a whaley adventure (I could barely hold my camera while I fist-pumped when this fella popped over to say hi, off Sydney). There's been a playful pod spotted recently around Tamarama but I've had no luck finding them; and they were also fairly elusive during my trip up to Nelson Bay a couple of weeks ago (but looking forward to trying again soon @lisaskeltonphotography!) I'm sure they have a good reason for avoiding me (ie I'm obviously a creep) but everything about them is so freaking intriguing! If you see them, give them a high five for me
I've been seriously missing our humpbacks so on the weekend I went to see the Tohora whales exhibition at the Australian Museum, here in Sydney. If you're in town between now and April DO go and check it out. It's really really cool. There's stacks of intriguing Maori and whaley artefacts in it, including 2 actual sperm whale skeletons and a whiffy chunk of ambergris. (Apologies if this caption seems familiar - I accidentally deleted my last post). As for this pic: well this friendly little lady was one of the highlights of my 2018 humpie season (this was somewhere between Maroubra and Long Reef... can’t remember exactly). Can’t wait to see her in May!
Not sure what this Gene Simmons guy is called, but he was hanging out with his red-eyed homies at Audley Weir on Sunday.
I went to Garie Beach yesterday - an old favourite haunt that is without doubt one of Sydney's most amazing wild spots. But the whole time I couldn't stop myself scanning the middle distance in case there was something whaley around. But nah. Nothing. Nada. Niente. This little fella (somewhere off Bondi a couple of months ago) is too busy gobbling Antarctic krill right now to miss us too much. Wah. Bring on May!!