Images of Poulton Creek

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Mangroves and clouds reflected in still water in Poulton Creek, Talbot Bay. - Kimberley Media

At the eastern end of Talbot Bay lies Poulton Creek, a large freshwater system not far from the Horizontal Waterfalls.  The creek is lined with an extensive mangrove system, and on a still morning this makes for the most beatiful reflective shots. In the wet season the sheer volume of freshwater in Poulton Creek keeps the saltwater at bay. Have … Read More

Wet Season Roebuck Bay

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Juvenile Zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) in the waters off Thangoo.

After a period of being landlocked, we packed our cameras and headed out in the dinghy yesterday for a cruise around Roebuck Bay, enjoying unseasonal easterly winds.  Our prevailing wet season winds are westerlies, which make for choppy conditions in Roebuck Bay. Heading across the bay to the waters off Thangoo, we spotted six of these gorgeous little newborn Zebra … Read More

Ghost Crab

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Horn-eyed Ghost Crab (Ocypode ceratophthalma)

A feisty Horn-eyed Ghost Crab  (Ocypode ceratophthalmus) adopts a defensive position on Broome’s Cable Beach.  Ghost crabs are named for their pale carapace, and this particular species for the protrusions from its eye stalks.   Ocypode ceratiphthalmus is found on exposed, seaward beaches, and is active at night. Ghost crabs have one claw larger than the other, and nest in … Read More

Roebuck Plains Wet Season

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Black-winged stilt

The 2013-2014 wet season got off to a flying start in December 2013, with falls of 205mm, followed by 390mm in January 2014.  To the south of Broome, Roebuck Plains is a vast, flat catchment, subject to tidal saltwater inundation from Roebuck Bay, with millions of litres of freshwater flowing back into the bay after sustained rainfall.   In the … Read More

Pygmy Squid

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This beautiful little Pygmy Squid (probably Idiosepius pygmaeus) is only about 1cm long with tiny circular fins at the rear end, and longer tentacles that extend from shortish arms at the front of the animal. Feeding on tiny shrimps and crabs, it’s said that the squid sneaks up on shrimp and immobilises them by biting through the nerve chord. Thesquid … Read More

Diving Macleay Island

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Naturalist Richard Costin

Diving in Kimberley waters is not for the faint hearted; saltwater crocodiles and  sharks cruise these tropical waters, and strong tides and currents can take unwary divers by surprise.  However, determined to explore an island he hadn’t previously visited, Broome based naturalist Richard Costin packed his swag on the roof of his dinghy and set off on a 500km round … Read More

Kimberley Wildlife Expedition Cruise 2014

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Kimberley Whales and Reefs Wildlife Expedition Cruise 2014

Join Broome film makers, photographers,  and naturalists Richard Costin and Annabelle Sandes on a 7 day wildlife expedition cruise along the Kimberley coast.  Travelling through some of the most remote parts of Australia, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph Humpback whales in their calving grounds as we travel through the Kimberley’s remarkable Buccaneer Archipelago, and the outer reefs and shoals. … Read More

Augustus Island

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The edge of a sandy reef on Augustus Island in Camden Sound

Augustus Island, at the northern end of Camden Sound, is one of the largest islands on the Kimberley coast. The island measures 22km by 16km at its widest point, with a total landmass of 190km².