Long-nosed water dragon with a cockroach meal

On New Years Eve day I took a day trip with my wife to Ellery Creek Water Hole in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. With the last jolt of energy from my camera’s battery I managed to capture the following images of a long-nosed water dragon (Lophignathus longirostris) that captured and ate a cockroach. These lizards are abundant and easy to observe at Ellery Creek.Lophognathus longirostris and Blattarid Lophognathus longirostris and Blattarid

This image came out funny, I observed this lizard catching and eating this insect, and not once did it appear to be distasteful. The camera just happened to capture this image during a split second that suggests the lizard is not going to finished this meal.

This image came out funny, I observed this lizard catching and eating this insect, and not once did it appear to be distasteful. The camera just happened to capture this image during a split second that suggests the lizard is not going to finished this meal.

Lophognathus longirostris

Some other tourists walked by and the lizard ran from it’s rock perch to the limb seen here. It finished swallowing it’s meal from this position.

 

Lophognathus longirostris Lophognathus longirostris digesting

The Lasseter and Stuart Highways

I’ve not been doing very well at posting pictures everyday. I got busy with some writing projects, and I also got bored with photographing the same two geologic features everyday (i.e. Uluru and Kata-Tjuta). Luckily my wife showed up on 26 December to spend the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 with me. I have rented a cabin in Alice Springs and we drove to Alice on 27 December. Here’s a series of photos taken at the road houses along the Lasseter and Stuart Highways of Central Australia.

Unfortunately I forgot to bring my camera’s battery charger with my to Alice, I’ve got pictures from the 29th, 30th, and 31st. Unless I can find a way to charge my battery that will probably be it for 2014 until I return to the Uluru Kata-Tjuta National Park on 7 January.

My wife and I tried to discern what, exactly belonged to the emu, but we were unable to solve the mystery.

My wife and I tried to discern what exactly belonged to the emu, but we were unable to solve the mystery.

Free showers at Curtain Springs Roadhouse

Free showers at Curtain Springs Roadhouse

Sheilas and Blokes IMGP3577 IMGP3578 IMGP3581 the Bull Bar at Mt. Ebenezer Erldunda Roadhouse Emu Emus The Bar at Stuart's Well Some Camel History