Wildlife accident awareness campaign for drivers in Australia.
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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.
Check out our website for details.
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
In December 2012, I travelled to the land of “slugs”! No not really into slimey invertebrates, I mean large snakes (we refer to monster sized snakes as slugs). We have in past travelled to several parts of the magical snake isles Tasmania. Forget the apples (so called Apple Isles) leave that to Eve and get hold of the most amazing and gentle snakes in the country. Lowland Copperheads Austrelaps superbus are the most docile, charming venomous snake in Australia. Yes charming and docile.
This year we visited the enigmatic Ian Norton and his band of dedicated snake rescue volunteers Sally Wilson, Chris Daly, Jane Guy and Justin Kneebone . We happened to coincide with a visit to the sensational Wesley Vale where one of us visited in 2008 and only saw small snakes and plenty of skeletons as the snakes took a massive blow during the drought.
This issue contains some fascinating insights into the life of the Freshwater Crocodile – featured on the cover – and some of our amazing lizards. We have also set up a new page called ‘Secret shutterbugs’ for those who love to delve into photographing the world of wildlife and want even more tips on getting the best shots. In an exclusive, our story about the sad and tragic world of the icon for extinction, the Thylacine or Tasmanian tiger, provides some amazing insights as well as images not published before. We’ve also got a packed ‘Secrets sightings’ with interesting and unusual tales, including ones about termites, the Rough-scaled Snake and, of course, birds and more birds. If that is not enough, let us take you inside the world of the endangered Gouldian Finch.
A Trip to Flinder’s Island, Tasmania.
Flinders Island lies to the north east of Tasmania and has a surface area of 1376km sq. It lies in the region known as the Furneaux Group, which includes the well Known Mt. Chappell Island, but other islands exist Clarke Island and Cape Barren Island. Roughly 950 people live on Flinders Island and agriculture and fishing are the two employment opportunities. Weather patterns in the Flinders Island are generally mild. Rainfall is heaviest in the winter months may to October and range from 600mm to 800mm in the central hills. The mean minimum temperatures for July are 6.0 degrees and the mean maximum in February is 22.5degrees. Winds are predominantly westerlies, which may blow for several days particularly late winter and early spring. The coastal waters and Bass Strait are subject to variable winds and high seas.