|Dingo, Canis lupus dingo, east of Nundroo.|
These Australian wolves can be seen anwhere, at any time of the day. See here for more information.
|Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor, Head of the Bight. |
Note that Australian chats have no relationships with anything called a chat in other lands;
we now know in fact that they are true honeyeaters.
|Major Mitchell Cockatoo Lophochroa leadbeateri, near Nundroo.|
This truly glorious cockatoo is thinly scattered across the arid inland.
|Yellow-plumed Honeyeater Lichenostomus ornatus, Nundroo, gleaning scale insects from mallee eucalypt leaves.|
|Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides pair, Eucla.|
The dragon lizard in the claws of the larger female on the right is a reminder that, as throughout dry Australia,
lizards are a dominant life form here.
|One of the many endearing things about Shinglebacks is that they seem to pair for life, an unusual behaviour among reptiles - indeed among animals in general.|
Much more to be said about these animals, one of my very favourites, in a post to come!
|From this platform on top of the spectacular Bunda Cliffs can be seen at close quarters....|
|Tail of Southern Right Whale Eubalaena australis, immediately below the cliffs.|
|Southern Right Whale with calf. |
This youngster was becoming adventurous, swimming away from mum, but not for long.
|At birth the calf already weighs a tonne, but on a diet of very rich milk gains 50kg a day.|
A female only has one baby every three years.
|The baleen can be seen clearly in this adult - as can the callosities, raised roughened patches of skin - which are used to identify individual animals.|
|A group of four Southern Right Whales from the viewing platform - truly a thrilling sight. There were at least 10 present during our visit in late September.|