New Species Discovered In Lost World

If you missed Tim’s article in Australian Geographic you can now read it online.  In the Cape York Peninsula of Australia, the boulder fields are a spectacular sight.  Tim and biologist Conrad Hoskin traveled by helicopter to discover new species during their expedition.  You can read the article on Australian Geographic’s webpage – Cape Melville’s Lost World.

 

The boulder fields and rainforest of the Cape Melville Range, with Araucaria trees rising above the rest of the forest. Cape Melville Range, Cape Melville National Park, Cape York Peninsula

The boulder fields and rainforest of the Cape Melville Range, with Araucaria trees rising above the rest of the forest.

“Three Days, Three Wild Finds” in Harvard Gazette

 

A new species of Leaf-tailed Gecko.

A new species of Leaf-tailed Gecko.

Harvard University published a story on Tim’s recent discoveries of new species in Cape Melville, Australia.  This was part of his Cape York expedition where they were dropped off by a helicopter to the rainforest in the mountains made of boulders.  Tim is an associate of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology after receiving his Ph.D. in Biology from the prestigious university.  View the entire story on the Harvard Gazette’s website.

“Lost World” Reveals New Species

Lost World

Pockets of rainforest dot the boulderfields of the Cape Melville Range.

 

In March, Tim went to the Cape Melville Range in Australia with Conrad Hoskin from James Cook University and discovered new species of amphibian and reptiles.  This was part of an expedition traversing the Cape York Peninsula of Northeastern Australia.  As you can see from the picture above, the mountain range is covered with huge boulders that make the area almost impassable.  The only way in was by being dropped off by helicopter onto one of the boulders the size of a house, which didn’t work the first time.  You can read the full story by National Geographic News.

New Gecko Species

Herpetologist Conrad Hoskin holds a brand new species of Leaf-tailed Gecko (Saltuarius eximius) shortly after his discovery in the pockets of rainforest in the boulder fields of the Cape Melville Range.

 

New Frog Species

A new species of Boulder Frog (Cophixalus petrophilus) found among the boulders of the Cape Melville Range.

 

Return to Cape York Peninsula in the “Wet”

A water saturated landscape  during the wet season at Piccaninny Plains Widlife Sanctuary on the Cape York Peninsula, Australia

A water saturated landscape during the wet season at Piccaninny Plains Widlife Sanctuary on the Cape York Peninsula, Australia

I am on my way home from a three-week trip to Australia’s Cape York Peninsula on assignment for National Geographic magazine.  Believe it or not, there are still places in the world without easy internet access and this was one of them.  Now that I am back in contact, I will share some new images from the trip here and via my Instagram feed over the next week or so.

This ongoing project for Nat Geo has the goal of documenting the landscapes and unique biodiversity of this remote part of Northeastern Queensland.  Last year I made two expeditions here in the dry season, and I now returned to cover what it looks like in the wet season, which looks dramatically different in places.

Above is an example shot from a low flying helicopter:  This is Piccaninny Plains Wildlife Sanctuary, where I photographed the parched dry landscape in September.   Now the same area is dotted with potholes full of water while storm clouds with more water loom above.

You can look back at my Instagram feed to see earlier shots from Cape York in the dry season, and stay tuned for some more new photos over the coming days……

 

 

Sunrise at Running Creek

Sunrise at Running Creek

On the East coast of Cape York, Drew Fulton savors the pre-sunrise sky show with his morning coffee before we head off to photograph birds.  

Cockatoo Pair

I am still in the Cape York Peninsula of Australia.  The spectacular Sulfur-crested Cockatoos are so common here, that we rarely give them a second look after several weeks in the field.  But this pair at a nest cavity was worth a shot.

Trials of the Backroads

Tim is still in the Cape York Peninsula of Australia on an assignment for National Geographic.  Below are his latest Instagram posts.

Eri Mulder and Drew Fulton change a flat on a remote track during our explorations of the Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Nepenthes pitcher plant highlights a wetland called Sheldon’s Lagoon, an example of the incredible diversity of habitats on the Cape.

 

Elliot Falls, one of the falls along the beautiful pristine rivers of the Peninsula, photographed from mid river.

Eclectus Parrot Males

Tim’s photo of the day is two male Eclectus Parrots squabbling at a nest cavity, revealing their incredible colors.

Yellow-spotted Monitor Lizard

Tim laid on the ground to capture the feeling of this two meter long Yellow-spotted Monitor Lizard closing in.

The Drop into Palm Creek

Off Roading

Eric Hahn guides Pete Ikin into the drop at the Palm Creek crossing on the Overland Telegraph Line track up the center of the Cape York Peninsula.  These are the kinds of bad roads we encountered in some remote parts of the Cape York Peninsula.