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Welcome to the May/June edition of Australian Wildlife Secrets. This issue is our twelfth to date and it marks the end of our second year! And we are excited that this is also our first direct-to-digital edition — our early birthday present to you.
The digital edition is available for computers, tablet devices such as the iPad, and smart phones, so you can read our fabulous wildlife articles anywhere, anytime! The digital version is fantastic value and can be downloaded either from the Apple iTunes store, if you are an iPhone/iPad user, or from ilovemagazines.com.au if you would like to enjoy the magazine across all devices, including PC and iPad.
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Our print edition is still, of course, conveniently delivered direct to your door if you are a subscriber and available at all good newsagents. And speaking of subscriptions, we have a brand new competition only for our print/digital subscribers. For your chance to join a fantastic seven-day expedition in Northern Queensland, working alongside the scientists from EarthWatch, all you need to be is a subscriber (new or existing) by 30 June 2013. See page 22 for details on how to enter.
In this issue we look at some of the amazing animals that survive in the harsh, white world of Antarctica. John Cooper takes us inside his incredibly built tower to peek at a family of kestrels. And we bet you haven’t had a chimpanzee climb unexpectedly into your arms — well Fiona Mikowski did and tells about all about her amazing experiences at Ape Action Africa. There’s also some fun Secret Sightings, like romantic Green Tree frogs, plus the O’Mahoneys snap some busy creatures in their Secret Shutterbugs feature. (continue reading…)
In this issue we dive into the ocean depths. Every year those most enigmatic of animals, whales, traverse our oceans, often coming close enough to shore for us to view. Described as the ‘greatest wildlife show on earth’, the inevitable network of boats that races out to meet them is no longer doing so with harpoons, thankfully, but with cameras and binoculars! In this special we look at the top spots to see whales around the country.
Further afield, Tony Holland takes us on a classic African safari – to an exotic location where you will find a dramatic world of animals only seen in Australia in the zoo. In the wilds of Africa, in particular at the Maasai Mara reserve, the savagery and wonders of life are played out in our Secret Places special.
And back home Maggie Harriman tells us about the plight of a female Wedge-tailed Eagle that needed to be separated from her nest and brood due to a serious injury.
Get ready to scroll, pinch and zoom in on your favourite animals! Wildlife Secrets now brings all the news and features across the wildlife globe right to your computers, tablets and smart phones. This issue will be released digitally and our readers will soon be able to subscribe to the digital edition as well as the print edition. Our digital apps will be ready sometime in May and will allow people to download the current edition and past editions, as well as select from multiple subscription offerings. Stay tuned by following us on Facebook or the Wildlife Secrets Blog.
Our cover this month: Humpback whale breaches near Merimbula, NSW. Image: Wayne Reynolds
Frilled Dragons Come Alive in Darwin.
One of the most iconic animals of the Top End is not the crocodile but the Frilled Lizard or Frill-necked Lizard Chlamydosaurus kingii) – or just Frillies. If you have never seen one of these in the wild it is possibly for one of two reasons. The first is bad timing; if you go before November or after March they are scarce. Usually in the wet season, these guys are very abundant and visible on roads, trees and on the ground feeding. The second reason might be that to they are rather clever chaps and to the see them is difficult. As you are walking along the track or driving the road, the frillies are usually waist to shoulder height on trees. They watch out for predators well and as the predator comes they circle around the other side and only their spindly legs give them away. Their camouflage does the rest. So look for two knobby knees at the height they might even do a peek a boo act with their head to check where you are too! Watch the video. (continue reading…)
During the wet season, its a bonanza for the wildlife of the Top End! The Frilled Lizard is a wonderful iconic Australian lizard. These lizards mate in early wet season and their eggs hatch from late February onwards..
The lizards often perch vertically and will move around the tree to hide from you.
At present Frilled Lizards are taking a beating as their populations has suffered greatly from Cane Toads. Odd as lizards are diurnal but the metamorph cane toads move during the day and are too enticing for frillies to pass up on, leaving them poisoned.
This month’s features – out now in newsagents or subscribe online for just $55.00 for six issues a year!
The Gulf Snapping Turtle
Isolated and under threat, researchers in Queensland are working hard to give these charming turtles, which can be traced back to prehistory, a chance at survival. The extraordinary efforts being done are inspirational and this is a truly uplifting story.
Secrets of the Mallee
When you drive by scrubby bushland in semi-arid areas of Australia, do you ever stop to explore further? You’d be surprised by what is contained within the mallee. Simon Watharow and Steve Cook dive in among the bushes and discover a whole host of intriguing wildlife and surprising habitats.
Smash and Grab, bam, Splat and bluey
‘Hoot, hoot’ . . . or should we say ‘who, who’? Frank Harrison set up his hide to watch and photograph a couple of Barking owls make their nest to rear some chicks. He got an amazing surprise as one by one little heads popped up out of the hollow, and his images are just stunning.
Hidden tropical wonders
Parts of the Atherton Tablelands in far north Queensland are well known, but look a little further and you’ll find incredible and diverse wildlife scattered in stunning landscapes all over the plateau.