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Lake Broadwater – Conservation Biology Field Trip

4 Oct ’10

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I spent 4 days in Lake Broadwater Conservation Park (Queensland) as part of my conservation biology course (I wrote an article about this place before, click here to see it). I got some cool shots from amazing wildlife. Let’s start with the insects and apparently we pitched our tents next to a bull ants nest but we never found it.

J’ai passé 4jours au Lake Broadwater Conservation Park (Queensland) dans le cadre de mon cours de biologie de conservation.J’ai déjà écrit un article sur ce parc ici :  http://www.lerako.net/blog/2010/08/30/lake-broadwater-wildlife/ . J’ai pu faire des images sympas. On va démarrer avec les insectes :

Red bull ant (Myrmecia gulosa)

This beetle was really noisy and quite strong. Ce scarabé était tres bruyant et costaud.

Here is a video that shows the beetle in action (Thank you Maanav for the perfect lightning :)) and a trapdoor spider (Idiopidae family). Voila une vidéo du coleoptere en question ainsi que d’une araignée pas commune ;)

This moth was sitting on the car and I tried to include it in the image. To get more colour I bounced my flash off a camping bag at the back and use the reflective property of the car. Ce papillon de nuit était posé sur la voiture. j’ai tenté d’inclure la reflection et de changer le fond en utilsant mon 430ex sur un sac de camping.

A spider with its prey, a fly..

The weather was changing quickly and this is part of the MASSIVE flash rain shower that ruined my tent (and made me sleep on the ground for the rest of the trip). Le temps était assez changeant et ces images font parties de la mini tempete qu’on s’est pris pendant 2h et qui a coulé ma tente.

Hoplocephalus bitorquatus or Pale Headed Snake. This is a threatened species that we surveyed for around the lake one night. It’s thought to be the largest population of this species in Australia (estimates are around 35 individuals(Personnal communication with Steve Phillips during the trip)). You can find more information about the snake here). Hoplocephalus bitorquatus ou le serpent a tete pale est une des especes menacees qu’on a activement recherché une nuit aux alentours du lac. Il se peut que cette population soit la plus large d’Australie et on l’estime a seuleument 35 individus.

A young bearded dragon (Pogona barbata) that we brought back to camp for observation.

A species I had not photographed before, the sand monitor (Varanus gouldii). He was hidden in his tree and the light was quite low. I had to shoot at 1600isos (on my Canon EOS 7D) and I’m quite happy with the result. Une espece que je n’avais jamais photographié encore, le Varan de Gould (Varanus gouldii). Il etait dans son tronc et la lumiere etait faible mais les 1600 isos ne s’en sont pas trop mal sorti.

A schingleback (Tiliqua rugosa) sun baking on the side of the road.

A pobblebonk (Limnodynastes dumerili).

A small red-necked wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) grazing peacefully.

A legless lizard (Lialis burtonis)

This place is a little wildlife heaven. Sadly, on the second morning of our trip morning the Dalby Herald (local newspaper) had a headline about the first cane toad being found in Dalby, and that means 20km away from the lake. It’s really sad as  it puts a threat on this ecosystem.

Cet endroit est un petit paradis. Tristement mardi matin le Dalby Herald titrait “le 1er cane toad trouvé a Dalby” ce qui veut dire qu’ils sont a 20km du parc. C’est réellement triste car son arrivée va y avoir un impact négatif et on ne peut rien faire pour l’empêcher. Le mieux que l’on puisse faire c’est accumuler toutes les données possible, observer la degradation et tenter d’appliquer ca pour aider d’autres potentielles cibles.

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I am a nature photographer specialising in wildlife photography. I have a special passion for this type of photography which comes from my background as an ecologist & conservation biologist.

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