Photographing Lucky the elephant on a jungle road at the Wildlife Alliance Sanctuary in Phnom Tamao, Cambodia. Only have one word – WOW!
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EEKKKK! Been dying to share with you all – in just over 3 weeks I’m flying to Cambodia to photograph tigers, elephants, gibbons, bears (and many more) at the Wildlife Alliance sanctuary (https://www.facebook.com/
For more information on these organisations, please go to;
… run very S-L-O-W-L-Y!
ADORABLE ALERT! The Sloths are coming! Check out some of the cutest creatures ever, stars of a new doco called “‘Too cute! Baby Sloths” filmed at the world’s only sloth orphanage in Costa Rica. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JTAtsHh-yc
I was recently approached by Steve Packer, writer extroadinaire with Photo Review Australia (PRA) Magazine, to be interviewed for a feature article in their September-November issue – Which is out now! PRA is a national magazine which profiles inspiring photographers, and is centred around beautiful and interesting images. And I was thirlled and surprised to be given the coveted cover spot! Squishy the rainbow lorikeet now graces the front of the magazine. So fantastic to see her on there in all her brightly coloured glory!
Inside the magazine you can read all about my animal photography beginnings, and how and why I do what I do. The article stretches over 7 pages and features a selection of my studio images too.
Photo Review Australia also have a detailed website on all things photography, which you can view here. http://www.photoreview.com.au/
As Kanyana’s studio photography partner, I returned in early July with Susie and junior animal handler Erin, to take their next batch of wildlife pics. We photographed Pogo the bearded dragon, Precious the tawny frogmouth, two joeys still in their home-made pouches, a bettong and two green tree frogs.
Precious pulled out all of the poses you would expect from a tawny with a name like hers, and her eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw a container of fruit sitting on the floor! It was the most beautiful thing she had evvvvvver seen and so wanted to eat it all. The frogs just wanted to be sleeping, so to get this point across they got all three of us with a spray of urine. They had the best aim! What could we do but laugh! At least they shared it ’round and didn’t just target one of us (though I think I was the first to get hit). Ah, things like that are par for course in this profession.
Overall I think Pogo the bearded dragon stole the shoot - he was very well mannered (no sprays of wee, haha) and looked stunning against our white backdrop! And the chilled out little joey was a winner too! Such a cute guy, love his perfect kangaroo paws!
In early June I received a request from June Butcher, founder of Kanyana, to assist in making a short film documenting their new animal care facilities in Lesmurdie. With a background in journalism and media, Richard Barry from Richard Barry Photography was the first person who came to mind for the role of camera operator, whilst Suzie Phillips from Animism (who is also Houndstooth’s wildlife animal handler) was the perfect person to assist with the placement of the critters and creatures for the film. I always enjoy working alongside other like minded businesses, run by people who love animals and who have the same ethics as I do when dealing with them – and Suzie and Richard are two of the best.
The film Richard created is a 5 minute masterpiece and was presented at the 2010 National Wildlife Conference in Adelaide along with a Kanyana Wildlife Coffee table book created by yours truly and featuring studio shots of the Kanyana wildlife residents.
June was thrilled with the response to the film and book, saying both put Kanyana firmly on the map as an exceptional wildlife facility and the book could have been “sold 100 times over” – So I’m now looking at publishing options so that the book can be made available to the masses. In the meantime, you can check out Richard’s camera and production handywork by clicking here.
Also due out soon is the 2011 Kanyana Wildlife Calendar, produced in conjunction with our publishing sponsor Momento. Information on how to place your order will be available late July/early August. Watch this space!
Recently we had some tiny visitors to the studio – six little possums being cared for by Johanna, a volunteer from the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre. The first two images show Zarae, who was found in Gooseberry Hill sitting on a verandah. At the time she weighed only 172 grams. Now she is a healthy 300 grams and growing by the day!
Photo two is titled “An animal photographer’s occupational hazard”. Zarae (who might have been my favourite if I was allowed favourites!) took great delight in chewing on my thumb. Luckily it didn’t hurt much – it was more like teething bites. She even sat in my lap chewing on my thumb while I photographed the other baby possums. She seemed comforted by it. On the other hand, I was occassionally pained by it but didn’t want to upset her.
Also featuring in the pictures below is Millie, who was found in a backyard in Walliston, and Bessie, the largest of the six possums’ who was rescued by tree lopper after her mother was killed when he cut down the tree they lived in.
One of the additional highlights for me was bottle feeding the smallest possum, Banjo, weighing just 108 grams. Banjo was found abandoned in the grounds of Perth Zoo. Such a privilege to feed such a tiny creature!
Many thanks to Suzie for her amazing animal wrangling and to Johanna for entrusting us with her babies. The images will be used by the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre to create possum awareness and to promote their wildlife rehabilitation work.
This year the National Trust is celebrating bio-diversity throughout Australia. As part of an ongoing commercial agreement with the National Trust in WA, I provided a selection of my wildlife images depicting the bird and crab life found on Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean Territories, Australia. The images accompanied an article compiled by Linda Cash, Marketing Manager for the Christmas Island Tourist Centre. Linda wrote about the island’s unique flora and fauna, and the article featured in the February 2010 edition of Trust News, Australia, the National Trust’s monthly magazine for members.
According to feedback from the trust, the article was well received and hopefully it will encourage National Trust members to visit Christmas Island for themselves, to witness the beauty and wonder it has to offer. The magazine has a readership of over 80,000 people, so was great exposure for the island!
Here’s a copy of the finished product.