Exploring Wildness

Australian Pelican: A magnificent flyer

Australian Pelican: A magnificent flyer
"Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican! His bill holds more than his belican. He can take in his beak Enough food for a week. But I'm darned if I know how the helican." Dixon Lanier Merritt I lived in Florida in the US for over 23 years and became extremely familiar with Brown Pelicans and the American White Pelican.…

Saltwater Crocodile: What do these words bring to you?

Saltwater Crocodile: What do these words bring to you?
Saltwater crocodile: what goes through your mind when you hear these words spoken: Maybe man-eater, vicious, cold-blooded killer, scary reptile, tropical Australia, or maybe Crocodile Dundee movies? For me, I think magnificent crocodilian, prehistoric predator, an animal from the time of dinosaurs, and oh, do I want to see one in the wild. As I planned my trip to Australia,…

Laughing Kookaburra: a Stunning Member of the Kingfisher Family

Laughing Kookaburra: a Stunning Member of the Kingfisher Family
When I was young, I loved going downstairs on Saturday mornings in mid-winter to watch Tarzan movies. Johnny Weissmuller’s call would reverberate through the house to my mother’s vexation. In my pajamas, I would curl up in a blanket on the floor in front of our black and white TV and become engrossed in the show. The exotic animals and…