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.
Vol 3 No 3 OUT NOW!
At Wildlife Secrets we can’t quite believe that 2013 is drawing to a close. We have now been in publication for 21⁄2 years! It’s been such a joyous ride but we couldn’t have done this without our wonderful photographers, editorial staff, sponsors and advertisers and, of course, our loyal readers. As a holiday season gift to you, we have a fabulous subscription offer to help ring in the New Year.
If you subscribe to Australian Wildlife Secrets by 31 January 2014,
you’ll pay only $49.95 instead of the usual $55—plus you’ll receive a bonus magazine, free! Hurry to our website at www.wildlifesecrets.com.au to take advantage of this limited-time offer.
This issue is jam-packed with interesting articles, including one about our cover star, the echidna. It is a unique creature with a refined grace and
a dignified propriety, as Dr Peggy Rismiller explains. The winner of the EarthWatch Expedition Competition, Tony Egan, tells us about his amazing time with the team in north Queensland’s tropical rainforests. Lisa Nunn introduces us to the amazing Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a wetland haven for wildlife, particularly waterbirds.
As Peter Ward discovered, nature can throw up some truly astonishing relationships and this wildlife friendship will intrigue and delight you! Our resident vet Dr Tristan Rich provides extraordinary insight into the range of available treatments for damaged turtle shells. Felicity Wishart explains why the Great Barrier Reef is under threat from something quite avoidable, and how one of our best-known wildlife warriors, Bob Irwin, has joined forces with the Australian Marine Conservation Society in what is shaping up to be a monumental fight for the reef.
These are just some of the many superb articles in this issue. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have enjoyed preparing them for you. We wish you, your families and your friends a safe, happy and relaxing summer and look forward to bringing you more inspiring, captivating and informative issues of Wildlife Secrets in 2014.
Vol 3 No 2 OUT NOW!
In this issue we tackle important challenges for those who work or volunteer in wildlife protection. Our articles range from the rescuing of large numbers of injured birds during duck hunting season to the commercial kangaroo industry, where the divergent perceptions of this animal, from being too many and a nuisance to being celebrated as a national icon and major tourist drawcard, play a significant role.
Jess Ison relates the sad story of the annual duck-shooting season. Hundreds of injured birds result from this sport and large numbers of protected species are killed. While the news is somewhat good, in that numbers of shooters have dwindled over the years, there is still much to do to ensure our ducks do not end up on the ‘endangered’ list.
In “Selling out the kangaroo”, Louise Boronyak highlights some of the welfare issues surrounding the commercialisation of kangaroo shooting and debunks myths about kangaroos that are used to prop up the industry. But more than this, Louise provides a positive message about how we can move away from the status quo and provide a conservation-focussed endgame.
It’s hard to imagine why some people treat wildlife with indifference as here, at the magazine, we are constantly amazed by animals. When Kay Parkin travelled to a far-flung Aussie outpost, Christmas Island, to take a look at
an area known as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean she found incredible species, some of which live only on this island. The annual red crab migration, where millions of these creatures make their way to the sea to spawn by literally flowing through the town do so, is breathtaking.
Our beautiful cover this month of a pair of Tawny Frogmouths was taken by John Cooper. Inside, he tells you all about how he managed to document their nightly activities and capture these gorgeous photos.
- Volume 3 No 1
This magazine is the start of our third year of publication and we’d like to say a big thank you to all our readers, as well as to our authors, photographers, editorial staff, sponsors and advertisers. Together you have made this a truly remarkable publication that is still raising eyebrows wherever it is seen.
To start this third year off with a bang, we’d like to announce the winner of the last issue’s exciting EarthWatch Expedition Competition – the prize being a seven-day trip across the north of Queensland with Earthwatch Australia. We had tremendous interest in this competition, and for good reason – this unique and exciting prize is worth two thousand dollars! The lucky subscriber whose number was drawn is Tony Egan from South Australia. Congratulations Tony, we know you will have an amazing time up there. And we hope you will bring back some stories and photos we can share with our readers.
Speaking of competitions, we have the results of our readers’ images competition in this issue, where you, the reader, gave us your best wildlife photos. We have published all of the winning shots, along with many of the rest. There was a large number of entries, and we couldn’t fit them all in this issue, so we’ll be sure to print more of the best in our next magazine!
As always, in this issue we have some great wildlife for you, including the Major Mitchell cockatoo, tree-kangaroos, the somewhat scary cookie-cutter shark and an excursion through the amazing wildlife of Rainbow Valley.
And next issue get ready for the Flight of Your Life competition … but shhh, it’s still secret!
Kangaroos can’t climb trees! Or can they?
In north Queensland they do things differently. Well, the kangaroos do—they really live and clamber around in trees. Karen Coombes has been studying and rescuing tree-kangaroos for more than a decade and she lets us in on a few of their secret ways.
The elusive cookiecutter shark
These creatures are rarely seen but, if they bite, you’ll know it. Sylvia Adam has delved into the world of these small sharks with mighty mouths that leave a signature mark.
Secret places: Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve
In the heart of our continent lies a reserve like no other. Lisa and Peter Nunn love this area, so who better to show us around.
Become a Koala tracker
If, like us, you are worried about the future of this iconic Australian animal, then here is how you can help. Alex Harris thinks being a Koala tracker is definitely the way to go.