The Daintree River of Tropical North Queensland

For many months, I’d often hear Yogi exclaim “Look at this!!!” And he proceeded to show me Solar Whisper’s Facebook page of photographs taken by operator David White along the Daintree River in our part of the world of Tropical North Queensland. They were, of course, extraordinary wildlife images and videos of crocodiles – crocodile behaviour, of alpha […]

  • 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 […]

  • Carol with her bag of rolled oats and Mareeba Rock wallaby mom and joey patiently waiting for a feed

JCU Nature Photography Masterclass 1 – Review

An entry from one of our participants from Ballarat, Victoria – Carol Hall.  This article is written by Carol for the Ballarat Camera Club newsletter.

Masterclass in Nature Photography

James Cook University, Cairns June 29-July 6   2012

When Liz forwarded the email flyer about this course I jumped at the opportunity to re-visit Far North Queensland after 25 […]

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Tolga Bat Hospital Story in GEOlino Magazine

In the past five years, we have had two super strong category 5 cyclones visit our part of the world in Far North Queensland, Australia – Cyclone Larry in March 2006 and Cyclone Yasi in February 2011. The incredibly strong winds stripped our dense forest foliage naked and as a result, full sunshine caused wild […]

  • JCU Masterclass class picture with Noel our driver at Millaa Millaa Falls

First JCU Masterclass in Nature Photography

29 June – 6 July 2012

Alas the dust has settled and the photo bags, tripods and cables are stored safely back into their normal place at home – the first masterclass is accomplished. And what a fun hard working 8 days it was. JCU Masterclass in Nature Photography is a success!

But for two months before D-day, […]

June 2007 – The German Invasion

Somehow friends and family often make it to visit us during Aussie winters. This year was no different with Lars & Carolin Abromeit visiting first. Jet-lagged and straight off the plane, we made them walk the forest for two hours to see waterfalls and trees.

Following close were the arrival of nephew Julius Freund and his […]

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April 2007 – Daintree Slideshow

We were invited to give a public slideshow in a wonderful place called the Daintree EcoLodge & Spa. With our brochure nicely done and announcements in the Port Douglas Gazette, the turnout was pretty good and it was an altogether fantastic 2 hour affair at the heart of Far North Queensland’s World Heritage Site.


February 2007 Glowing Fungi

Come the hottest and most humid time of the year, strange things happen in the forest you would never expect. Bioluminescent mushrooms. From 6pm to 3am, we snapped away until our batteries ran dry.