The Little Flea from Jibbon Lagoon

Esther BeatonDid You Know?, Nature Photography

Who would have thought that little Jibbon Lagoon would ever have a claim to fame?    If you are wondering where you can find this little creature from the black lagoon, Jibbon is at the north end of Royal National Park. Which as you all know is on Sydney’s doorstep. Here’s a photo I took in Jibbon Lagoon myself when … Read More

Radio, video and more media events

Esther BeatonAustralian Geographic, In The Media

New Feature in Print Whew – a lot happened this week. My story about orchid pollination hit the stands in the September issue of Australian Geographic. If you can get hold of a copy have a look at the “Queens of Seduction” feature. Not all the photos I shot could be included in print, so you can view a web gallery … Read More

Hunting in National Parks? Er, I don’t think so.

Esther BeatonConservation, Habitats, New South Wales

Last week about 100 people protested against a bill that would allow hunters to shoot feral animals in national parks. Much of the protest is spearheaded by rangers from the National Parks and Wildlife Service of NSW. They claim that hunters won’t discriminate – that they are just as likely to shoot native wildlife as pest species. I’ve had personal … Read More

5 Steps to Buying a Tripod

Esther BeatonPhotography Equipment

So many of my students avoid tripods. Sure, they bring them to the workshops, but then they diligently avoid using them until I just about take a leg off and beat them with it. The reason they don’t want to use them is because they’ve brought along a tripod that is painful to use. You know the ones; they are … Read More

Art Wolfe in Australia

Esther BeatonOn the Stage, Professional Photography

How lucky was I to meet Art Wolfe! This man is the best wildlife photographer in the world. I consider myself so privileged to hear him speak when he was at the Maritime Museum at Darling Harbour on Friday night. He was sponsored by Denis Glennon who does wildlife photography tours to Africa and elsewhere. Art knocked my socks off … Read More

Orchid Fly – New to Science?

Esther BeatonDid You Know?, Macro Photography

I ran into some orchid hunters on the weekend and instead of doing what I was “supposed” to do, I played hooky and went out into the fields to play with my new friends. It was well worth the effort (fun?) because we may have stumbled on to something new to science. Orchids are some of the most mysterious and … Read More

One Minute with Nature: Cicada’s Summer Song

Esther BeatonDid You Know?, New South Wales

New Year’s Day started out warm – at last. It has been one of the coldest summers anyone can remember. Insects have been low key so it was a delight to find them calling from above my head, as I headed out on my first exploratory bushwalk of the year. This late in the summer Green Grocer cicadas should have … Read More