Like my MY WORLD post, this also is from our trip to the
Flinders Ranges in South Australia. We had a very wet spring,
in consequence we saw many families of Emu, Dromaius
novaehollandiae. Here is one crossing the road directly in
our path. I had no time to think and had to crop out part of the
car. Luckily, as passenger, I always have my camera in my lap
and am ready to shoot. The dirty windscreen from insects and
dusty roads somehow did not enhance the clarity of picture
either. This father was raising 9 chicks which is a very healthy
Coming around a bend we met a pair lying comfortably side
by side at this puddle, surveying the little waterscape.
We were so surprised at the sudden sight that I missed that
sweet togetherness shot and only managed to get them as one
was already heading bush and the other rising.
They moved off as if in a dance with their feathers bouncing.
Some people unfortunately take little heed of slithery wildlife
or even deliberately murder them although they are quite safe
in their cars so we came upon this brown snake in an equally
brow puddle. Snakes are part of the general ecological balance
and this sort of needless and mindless killing makes me sad
It was quite a large snake for a brown, about 4' long.
All photos enlarge for better viewing.
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