|Red-eared Firetail Stagnopleura oculata, Albany. |
There are two firetail species across the country in the south-east,
with the Beautiful Firetail S. bella probably the most similar.
|Red-capped Parrot Purpureicephalus spurius, Albany.|
A truly spectacular bird, the only one of its genus, which uses its long upper mandible to extract seeds
from the big capsules of Marri Eucalyptus (or Corymbia) calophylla.
|Motorbike Frog Litoria moorei, Margaret River.|
Named for the truly amazing call, complete with gear changes!
|Purple Enamel Orchid Elythranthera brunonis, Two Peoples Bay. A spectacularly shiny orchid.|
|Red and Green Kangaroo Paw Anigozanthus manglesii, Perth.|
This extraordinary plant is the state floral emblem.
Bird-pollinated, the anthers brush the bird's forehead as it probes the base for nectar.
|Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon Petrophassa rufipennis, Burrunggui (formerly known erroneously as Nourlangie Rock).|
Pretty much endemic to Kakadu National Park!
|Hooded Parrot Psephotus dissimilis, Pine Creek.|
This woodland parrot is restricted to woodlands of the Top End.
|Bambusa arnhemica, Kakadu National Park.|
|MacDonnell Ranges Cycad Macrozamia macdonnellii, Palm Valley, central Australia.|
Isolated in the MacDonnell Ranges and their outliers by the drying of the continent, this species
is listed as threatened under national legislation.
|Lumholtz's Tree Kangaroo Dendrolagus lumholtzi, Atherton Tableland -|
it is in fact endemic to this high rich volcanic soil tableland.
(Awful photo, sorry! It's the only one I've got.)
|Cooktown Ring-tailed Gecko|
|Bull Kauri Agathis microstachya, Atherton Tableland, to which it, like the tree kangaroos,|
is pretty well limited. This conifer is a member of the old Gondwanan family Araucariaceae.
|Yellow Honeyeater Stomiopera (until recently Lichenostomus) flava, Ingham.|
(It is on an African Tulip Tree, not endemic, not even native to Australia!)
This honeyeater is found across far north Queensland in woodlands and along watercourses.
|Rock Warbler, Morton National Park. This bird, the only one of its genus, is a resident of the |
Sydney Sandstone, based on the Blue Mountains.
|Buttercup Doubletail Diuris aequalis, near Bungendore.|
This lovely donkey orchid (for the flower shape, like a donkey's face) is limited to inland south-east NSW;
it is listed as threatened under both state and national legislation.
|Grampians Bossiaea B. rosmarinifolia, Grampians (Gariwerd) NP.|
This range in western Australia boasts one of the best wildflower displays in south-eastern Australia;
this species is one of several limited to the range.
|Spotted Skink Niveoscincus ocellatus, Binalong Bay.|
This is a rock-preferring endemic skink of northern and eastern Tasmania.
|Pencil Pines Arthrotaxis cupressoides, family Cupressaceae, Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain NP.|
There are several endemic Tasmanian conifers, associated with rainforests and heathlands.
|Chestnut-breasted Whiteface Aphelocephala pectoralis, south of Coober Pedy;|
a very small rusty-coloured bird in a very large rusty-coloured landscape.
It's taken me decades to take this poor photograph, so I hope you can be forgiving of it.
|Limestone Mintbush Prostanthera calycina, High Cliffs, is endemic to Eyre Peninsula|
where it is mostly found growing on limestone. It is listed nationally as Vulnerable to extinction..
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