Partial Lunar Eclipse on June 4, 2012 at 9:55pm. Photo taken from Townsville.
Photo #20 – Whitetip reef shark
Whitetip reef shark (Triaenodon obesus), photographed in the north of the Great Barrier Reef, on Kalinda’s Far North Expedition.
Photo #19 – Roboastra gracilis
Roboastra gracilis, photographed in the waters off Pelorus Island, Queensland.
This photograph is a finalist in the Panda’s Thumb Photography Contest. If you’re interested in heading over there and voting for the best photograph – and I won’t blame you if you think it’s mine *hint hint* – then I won’t stop you.
Photo #18 – Yellow boxfish
Juvenile yellow boxfish (Ostracion cubicus), photographed in the waters off Pelorus Island, Queensland.
Yellow boxfish have four life stages, each very differently coloured.
Photo #17 – Longfin grouper
Longfin grouper (Epinephelus quoyanus), photographed in the waters off Pelorus Island, Queensland.
I love these fellows. Their habit of finding a bit of sand or a bit of rock and sitting around on it, instead of darting all over the place like most fish, makes them terribly easy to photograph.
Photo #16 – Phyllidia ocellata
Phyllidia ocellata, photographed in the waters off Pelorus Island, Queensland.
Nudibranchs (including Phyllidia ocellata) form a “clade” (meaning that all species of nudibranch descend from a common ancestor that no non-nudibranch descends from) of predatory sea slugs. Nudibranchs tend to be vibrantly coloured, and there is a great deal of variation between species in not only the colour patterns but even in the anatomy – which makes them great photography subjects!
Photo #15 – Blue-spotted stingray
Blue-spotted stingray (Dasyatis kuhlii), photographed in the waters of Pelorus Island, Queensland.
Photo #14 – Black flying fox
Black flying fox (Pteropus alecto), photographed on Magnetic Island.
In other news, it turns out I’m still alive. Who’d have thunk it?
Photo #13 – Great Eggfly
Hypolimnas bolina, photographed in Townsville, Queensland. This species is sexually dimorphic (that is, the different genders look very different to each other) – this is a male.
At this point, I think we can all agree that I’m rather bad at blogging. I recently moved to Townsville, and have more or less settled in by now – so hopefully I can get something a bit more regular going here!
Photo #12 – Moon, Venus and Mars
Tonight’s sky had another conjunction of the Moon with Mars and Venus, and so I got my camera and tripod out 😀
This photo includes all three:
And here’s just Venus and the Moon: