Conservation photos, part II: Big Desert

I’m a big fan of the Big Desert. It’s a subtle place. Like a grassland, you have to get up close and personal with it to discover its treasures. It has no towering trees, no roaring waterfalls, no charismatic megafauna. It is miles and miles of rolling sand dunes and Mallee heath. After a fire, it is white sand and black sticks, little else. And yet the Big Desert is a biodiversity wonderland. Ants, scorpions, centipedes, bees, wasps, butterflies, moths, cicadas. The insects hum day and night. As do the reptiles that chase them, and each other…

Thick-tailed Gecko, Underwoodisaurus milii

Thick-tailed Gecko, Underwoodisaurus milii

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lined Worm Lizard, Aprasia striolata

Lined Worm Lizard, Aprasia striolata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sample of Mallee heath

A sample of Mallee heath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mitchell’s Short-tailed Snake, Parasuta nigriceps

Mitchell’s Short-tailed Snake, Parasuta nigriceps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Burton's Legless Lizard, Lialis burtonis

Burton’s Legless Lizard, Lialis burtonis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marbled-faced Delma, Delma australis

Marbled-faced Delma, Delma australis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wood Gecko, Diplodactylus vittatus

Wood Gecko, Diplodactylus vittatus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bardick, Echiopsis curta

Bardick, Echiopsis curta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Spiny-tailed Gecko, Strophurus intermedius

Eastern Spiny-tailed Gecko, Strophurus intermedius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And to finish - sunset, Big Desert style.

And to finish – sunset, Big Desert style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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