Australian Pelican – enormous bill and 13 litres pouch

Australian Pelican – enormous bill and 13 litres pouch

Australian Pelican is a big, waterbird and there are seven species of pelicans in the world. They are predominantly white with black along with primaries of the wings. The pale pink bill is enormous, even by the pelican standard. Males are larger than females.  They can be found throughout Australia. Normally, you find pelicans around…

Yellow Spotted Monitor – big laying eggs lizard

Yellow Spotted Monitor – big laying eggs lizard

Many times during our trips we spot goannas basking on the rocks or crossing the roads. They are also called monitor lizards or varanids. There are 28 species of goannas in Australia. Yellow Spotted Monitor Appearance Yellow spotted monitor is dark brown, heavily built and can grow up to 1.4 meters. Its distinctive feature is…

Clever Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Clever Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

The Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo is a very distinctive bird that we always enjoy watching in its natural inhabitant. Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo appearance The one feature that let you recognize it without a doubt is the scarlet or red panels underneath their tail especially visible in males. Females have yellow spots on the head, neck or…

Rainbow Bee-Eater – amazing acrobatic hunter that is born underground

Rainbow Bee-Eater – amazing acrobatic hunter that is born underground

Rainbow Bee-Eater is a tiny, colourful bird with a long curved bill and long tail. It has a golden crown and red eyes sitting on a black horizontal stripe. Rainbow Bee Eater eats bees, but also wasps, beetles, butterflies, and other small insects are on their diet. It is the only bee-eater in Australia. They…

Little Black Cormorant – an outstanding fisherman

Little Black Cormorant – an outstanding fisherman

The Little Black Cormorant is a small, slim, completely black cormorant with a green sheen to the back and a slender grey hooked bill. Little Black Cormorant habitat It likes freshwater wetlands but can be found on sheltered coastal waters. You rarely see it outside of water habitats. It is often seen resting on rocks,…

Magpie Goose – white and black emblem of Northern Australia

Magpie Goose – white and black emblem of Northern Australia

Magpie Goose loves Northern Australia.  The magpie goose has black and white plumage and long, brightly coloured legs. It is a big bird – 70–90 cm in size.  Male Geese have a large knob on the top of their head making them easily identifiable from females. Pairs of Magpie geese mate for life. Large, noisy…

Dingo – the largest carnivore in Australia

Dingo – the largest carnivore in Australia

Dingo is one of the most unique animals in Australia. It is a wild dog that in ancient times was bred from a domestic dog by Asian people. It happened about 4000 years ago and now we have dingoes in many places in Australia. How to identify dingo? Dingo’s appearance greatly depends on the habitat…

Iconic Kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos

Iconic Kangaroos, wallabies and wallaroos

When people hear the word kangaroo they straight away think of Australia. I was one of them. Before I came to Australia one of the points on my bucket list was to see a mob of kangaroos hopping to the setting sun. It didn’t take me long to put a tick next to it because…

Spangled Drongo – a noisy and conspicuous  bird

Spangled Drongo – a noisy and conspicuous bird

Spangled Drongo – forked tail and crimson eyes Spangled Drongo is a beautiful black bird with bright red eyes and intensively blue spots on its chest. It has a characteristic fork like tail and is known for its sharp calling sound. It likes to imitate kingfisher sounds. Occasionally it makes loud, entertaining calls that sound…

Where to find platypus? – a shy and unique mammal

Where to find platypus? – a shy and unique mammal

Platypus is one of the most unusual animals. Scientists who examined this animal for the first time were under the impression that someone fabricated it from a duck, beaver and otter.  And when I see this cute animal I start to think that mother nature really stuck together with a bill and webbed feet from…