Gippsland Water Dragon, Physignathus lesueurii howittii.
A large lizard, and the only species in the genus, Gippsland Water Dragons are very shy in the wild. This individual, a male, took 45 minutes of careful stalking through thick, creek-side scrub before allowing himself to be photographed.
They do, however, adapt readily to parks and reserves around human habitation. The climb trees readily and can often be seen sunning themselves on rocks.
Clutches of a dozen or so eggs are laid in burrows.
This individual photographed at Woods Reserve, Australian Capital Territory.
Young paper wasp queen (Polistes dominula) guarding her nest and eggs.
The wildness and gentleness of the highland cow.