My wife, Karen, and I made a 3-week trip to Australia in the fall of 2013. Our goal was to see the tropical rain forests of Far North Queensland and the Top End (near Darwin), and to observe and photograph as much wildlife as possible. As a college student 30+ years ago, I was fortunate to spend 5 amazing months traveling throughout Australia with 20 other biology students studying natural history, marine biology, anthropology, etc. Naturally, I was excited to go back Down Under and look for familiar birds and mammals, but we especially hoped to see platypus, a tree kangaroo, and a cassowary. We scored excellent views of all three, and I got good photos of a platypus and Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo.
All of these images were made with a Nikon D600, a Nikon 70-200 mm VR f/2.8 lens, and some with a Nikon AF-S 1.7x tele-converter. The full-frame 24 MP D600 is great because it enables cropping without losing much sharpness.
It is difficult to cull over 2,000 images to a dozen or so, but I did my best. The images shown here represent some of the diversity of the incredible wildlife that inhabits Australia. Enjoy!