21 November 2012

Rottnest Island wildlife

A menagerie of animal inhabitants of Rottnest Island, which lies 18km off the coast of Perth in Western Australia, taken on my visit last week (12-14 November 2012). The island was named "Rats' Nest" by Dutch explorers who mistook the local quokkas (small friendly marsupials) for vermin. It's also home to some rather larger species, as you'll see.

Quokka, Geordie Bay
Lizard, Porpoise Bay
At the Oliver Hill gun emplacement
Feeding time (mother at far right)

Mysterious three-footed gull, Geordie Bay
Black snake (approx. 1m), Pink Lake
Stingray under Geordie Bay pier

Humpback whale breaching in City of York Bay

Humpback whale breaching in City of York Bay
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