Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Perentie (Australian wildlife)

I'm scanning photos taken with a film camera during a visit to Australia in the late 1990s. Here's a record of a fantastic encounter with wildlife. The Perentie is Australia's largest lizard, second largest in the world after the closely related Komodo Dragon. I came across this one as I was leaving Trephina Gorge east of Alice Springs in central Australia. It let me walk along with it, thought when I got too close once, it raised its haunches and hissed loudly. I stopped and let it wander off into the bush.