• Little Red flying fox mum carrying her baby roosting and grooming within the camp. The little red flying fox (Pteropus scapulatus) is a species of megabat native to northern and eastern Australia. With a weight of 280–530 grams it is the smallest flying fox in mainland Australia. It has the widest range of all the species, going much further inland than the larger fruit bats. Its diet primarily consists of nectar and pollen of eucalypt blossoms, the pollination of which it is largely responsible. The little red flying fox is nomadic, and can be found in large groups of up to a million individuals. This species gives birth six months later than the other mainland flying fox species, in April and May.

Nature Images Awards 2015 – IUCN 2016 Lauréat Bourse

Paris, 20 December 2015

For his story on the Tolga Bat Hospital and the flying foxes of the Atherton Tablelands, Jürgen Freund wins the 2016 IUCN Prize or lauréat bourse in the 2015 Terre Sauvage/IUCN’s Nature Images Awards. The prize is a fellowship assignment – to shoot a photo story of his choice species identified from an IUCN’s SOS […]

  • Spectacled flying fox  feeding on nectar from flowers of the golden penda.

Fruit Bats!

Yogi and I have been visiting the Tolga Bat Hospital in the Atherton Tablelands, Tropical North Queensland for many many years, working and becoming fast friends with a wonderful woman named Jenny Maclean.

Jenny owns and runs the Tolga Bat Hospital. She has selflessly dedicated her entire time, home and really, her life to take care of these […]

  • School of blue and yellow fusiliers (Caesio teres)  eating the gossamer netting egg ribbon of a large squid in the family Thysanoteuthidae.

Life in the Great Barrier Reef

Onboard the MY Golden Shadow, the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation is circumnavigating the globe to survey some of the most remote reefs on the planet.  I recently joined their Global Reef Expedition, as a Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers iLCP. My job was to take images as the science team surveyed […]

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Photographing Great Barrier Reef Mission of the Global Reef Expedition

In 2003, my wife and I immigrated to Far North Queensland, Australia – gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout the years, we take every opportunity to hop on a dive live-aboard or join scientific expeditions to spend as many hours underwater as possible in this great world heritage area.

Joining the Living Oceans Foundation’s Great […]

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Dwarf Minke Whales in the Great Barrier Reef

It’s been a while since I was out diving and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef. This time I went with the superb liveaboard “Spoilsport” of the Mike Ball Dive Expeditions during the best time of the year to see minke whales underwater. The weather was amazing with only 10-15 knot winds and about 20-30 whales around […]

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Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests – A Photo Exhibition in April

Asia Pacific Reefs and Rainforests – A Photo Exhibition this April

The Tablelands Regional Gallery in collaboration with the 5th Queensland Festival of Photography is proud to present Jürgen Freund in a solo photo exhibition.

With the support of the Regional Arts Development Fund and the Worldwide Fund for Nature, this month-long exhibition showcases Jürgen’s stunning images […]

  • James Cook University is proud to present the second year running Nature Photography Masterclass with Jürgen Freund!

News Alert! JCU Nature Photography Masterclass 2013

  • Rainbow Bee-eater male (Merops ornatus) busy helping missus dig a nesting hole on the ground before flying back to his perch.

Our Backyard Rainbow Bee-eaters

Sometime mid-October, we received a series of urgent text messages from our Wednesday gardener/landscaper Kelvin: “the rainbow bee-eaters are digging a nesting hole in the sand 5 meters away from your parked Troopy by the empty lot beside the apartment!” he wrote. Kelvin explained where the hole was and to make it fool-proof to find, […]

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Goodbye Yorkeys

03 April 09 (22:09)

At the eve of our departure, the neighbor’s music blares and we think to ourselves, good riddance.  This is the last night we will sleep in this house and we’re so happy.  Can’t wait to get out of here and we are off tomorrow!  This expedition could not have come at a […]

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All packed up and places to go

25 March 09 (02:21 am)

The house is empty. Well, almost. The removalists efficiently packed our furniture into their truck, and in two hours flat, had everything in storage. It pays to hire the experts and not have to do the heavy lifting ourselves, and break our backs in the process!  We’ve taken stills to see […]