Featured in this month’s magazine:
The secret white kangaroo: can it survive into the future?
Sometimes nature throws up a wonderful genetic twist. One of these is the legendary white-furred animal. And when you mix that with a national icon it is stunning.
It’s winter, the water is cold, and the object of the photography shoot is as slippery as a fish! Would you dive in? Well, plenty did when the Marine Life Society of South Australia staged the inaugural Whyalla Underwater Shootout, and the images are amazing.
Q&A with the Snow Leopard researchers
Wildlife Secrets contacted an international team of Snow Leopard researchers who are supported by the Snow Leopard Trust to learn more about their important work in the Almaty State Nature Reserve in Kazakhstan.
Paul Clark not only delves deeper underground to reveal its hidden treasures, he also provides an ancient history lesson about one of Australia’s most incredible fossil finds..
Did you notice? It’s a first for us, but the cover this issue doesn’t feature a regular critter as is usual. This time we were all fascinated by the beautiful shots of John Cooper’s incredible fungi article this issue and we couldn’t resist wielding one on the cover. It might not be animal, but it’s wild and living! We trust it captivates your imagination as it did ours.
We are constantly trying to improve the magazine and have recently started implementing some new themes and ideas for our readers, starting with the covers. Last issue’s healing was a first with an actual person sharing the spotlight! We had great feedback on that issue. Was it Don Hany himself or the dozens of free movie passes that got everyone excited?
Keeping up with all the activity has meant we have been running behind schedule more than usual this year. We appreciate your patience with us while we are working to claw back some time.
Winter is upon us. We take this opportunity to reveal some of the winter aspects of our environment. John Cooper presents the gems of our habitats, the fungi, in an unexpectedly unique and very colourful article. In a John Cooper double we also look at another novel experience with raptors interacting in raptorial encounter and the mysterious and delightful King Island gets a visit by Steve McNeil as part of our Secret Places regular.
There is plenty more this issue, including a fence post rosella nest, a Manfred Zabinskas’ seagull rescue, an article on the aftermath of wildfires, and the usual great shutterbugs and secret sightings top off a very unique issue we hope you enjoy.
As we all get wrapped up for the winter months, enjoy the amazing environment and still try to get out and about in our wildlife habitats. If not, we’ll try and take you there.
OK, so we’re a little late for the start of 2014 but we have a bumper issue for you to get the year going, including a movie competition with plenty of double passes to give away.
Our cover photo this issue is Don Hany mano a mano (or perhaps, more aptly, ‘soul to soul’) with an eagle as part of his deeply moving role in the new Australian movie healing, which will be released into cinemas in May. We took a look at the movie and were so impressed we thought our readers would enjoy some insights into the making of the movie and the relationships between the birds of prey and the cast and crew of healing. In the article ‘healing: a must-see movie for all wildlife lovers’, we ask director Craig Monahan and actor Don Hany to give their thoughts on the film and their insights on working with these wonderful birds.
For our reptile lovers, this issue contains some fascinating articles, including ‘Where the dragons dwell’, in which Lyall Naylor looks at Australian dragons. In addition, Luke Allen tells us everything you ever wanted to know about toxinology and the power of poison!
Other articles include ‘A secret tropical wildlife sanctuary’ set in the Kimberley with Michelle Grady, ‘Trail cameras for wildlife monitoring’ by Alex Payne, Fairy martins with Lisa and Peter Nunn in ‘Secret sightings’, plus our regulars, Bernice and Mark Mahoney, strut their stuff in ‘Secret shutterbugs’, and Manfred Zabinskas relates another extraordinary encounter in ‘Secret rescue’.
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This month’s features
Where the dragons dwell …
They may not breathe fire and they are a little shy, but the dragons of Australia are nonetheless fascinating. They have captured the imagination of Lyall Naylor since he was a child and here he tells us all about them.
healing: a must-see movie for all wildlife lovers
There’s a wonderful movie soon to be released which stars Don Hany, Hugo Weaving and Xavier Samuel as well as
an unlikely bunch of actors: majestic birds of prey. These extraordinary birds are at the heart of this film, and we sat down and talked to director Craig Monahan about working with the raptors during shooting. We were also fortunate to have the opportunity to ask Don Hany what it was like to act alongside these scene stealers!
Trail cameras for wildlife monitoring
In the dark of night, or when we’re not looking, what do wildlife get up to? Trail cameras allow us an intimate insight into their secret lives, and Alex Payne explains how you can set up a camera to catch those special moments.
mother Nature’s chemist
The thought of snakebites sends shivers down most people’s spines, but their venom is much prized by researchers. Luke Allen milks snakes for a living, and he let us in on a few of the secrets behind the science.
This month’s regulars
secret places: a secret tropical wildlife sanctuary
Michelle Grady works for the Pew Charitable Trusts, an international conservation group that works with governments to safeguard natural assets. In Western Australia they have turned their attention to the wonderful Kimberley region, where no animals have become extinct since european settlement—an incredible achievement.
If you see a row of mud ‘bottles’ along a wall, chances are they are the nests of Fairy martins. Lisa and Peter Nunn have been watching their local ‘fairies’ jump into action when rain arrives, and are keen to make sure the birds feel at home in their area.
What! No … I don’t believe you. But it’s true. Manfred Zabinskas from Five Freedoms Animal rescue had an amazing encounter with something on high. you’ll have to read his article to find out what, and you may very well be as amazed as we were.
We don’t know how they do it, but Bernice and Mark O’Mahoney have been out and about capturing even more amazing wildlife with their camera. recently they tracked down an elusive Sacred Kingfisher, a shy Northern Brown Bandicoot, and a swift Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. The results are simply inspiring.
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
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.