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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Jackal, living the dream in Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, last month. One of my favourite animals to see scampering around the bush, they're known for being resourceful and a bit shifty/mischievous - except to their partners, who they stick with for life
Yesterday I completed my marine mammal rescue training with ORRCA and we were immediately called out to give care to a stranded Risso's dolphin calf. As much as she broke my heart, I'm relieved that I now know how to give practical help and comfort to these amazing animals in their time of distress. ORRCA isn't on Insta but do hit up their website, www.orrca.org.au, to learn more about their excellent work with whales, dolphins, seals and dugongs. Oh and here are some happy common dolphins from my recent trip to happy Port Stephens. Because 💙💙
The beautiful Dhawajhandi passing by Bud-puliya in Kanha National Park, from my visit last month. What a warrior she is - one of my favourite tigresses for sure.
See, I warned you there'd be stacks of dolphin-flavoured spam after my trip to Nelson Bay last weekend! Got a bit obsessed with how the clouds were reflecting on the surface of the sea, making it seem like the dolphins were pushing thru blue agate geodes as they rode the bow (so maybe I'm being a bit of a hippie about that part, but whatevs) 💙