Picture of the Month

June 2008




Wild Southern Cassowary

(Casuarius casuarius)

Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia


I recently spent a week following a family of wild cassowaries through the rainforest of tropical Queensland.  It was an extraordinary experience by any measure - when you consider that an adult cassowary is nearly 6 feet tall and quite capable of gutting you with his huge reptilian claw. Unexpectedly I found them attentive parents, curious and rather good-natured.

One of the most astonishing things about these threatened birds is how well they travel through the dense thickets of the Australian bush, generally by just lowering their casque-topped head and plowing through. Several times I tried to follow them through the forest only to get torn to shreds by palms and tangled up in vines. 



Nikon D3 Digital camera, with Nikkor 24-70mm lens

Life, Color, Drama, Reality .... No Digital Manipulation




Kevin was recently interviewed on the links between conservation and photography by the ICCF  (Int. Conservation Caucus Foundation)

You can see the interview HERE.


PHOTO TOURS 2008:  Kevin will only be leading two photo expeditions this coming year.  First will be with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic to Greenland in September : see here for more information.

In late October, Kevin will be aboard the National Geographic Endeavour on a voyage to magical South Georgia Island.  With a full week on South Georgia and three days in the Falklands, it will be a trip not to be missed.  Joining Kevin on board will be photographer Flip Nicklin, writer Kim Heacox and Photo Expedition leaders Jack and Rikki Swenson.  For more information, go here ---  or contact me with questions. 

To see some of Kevin's previous photos of South Georgia, visit here. 



Review a previous Picture of the Month:

Painted Hands, 5/2008

Zion Park, 4/2008

Marine Otters, 3/2008

Mt. Hood Sunset, 2/2008

Mountain-Biking, 1/2008

Tent Bats, 12/2007

Nunbird, 11/2007

Alaskan Otters, 10/2007

Amazon Dolphin, 8/2007

Madagascar #2, 6/2007

Baja California, 5/2007

Pelicans, 3/2007

Darien Gap, 2/2007

Grey Whale Calf, 1/2007

Galapagos Sea Lion, 12/2006

Rockhoppers, 11/2006

Hummingbird, 10/2006

Madagascar, 9/2006

Whales, 7/2006

Sea Lions, 5/2006

Tiger, 4/2006

Jaguar, 2/2006

South Georgia, 12/2005

New Generation, 11/2005

Childhood, 9/2005

Penguins, 8/2005

Sea Palms, 7/2005

Aster Flower, 6/2005

Siskiyou Mountains, 5/2005

Humpback Whales, 4/2005

Christo GATES , 3/2005

Eucalyptus Leaves, 2/2005

Alaskan Aurora, 1/2005

Nesting Turtle, 12/2004

Autumn Berries, 10/2004

Costa Rica, 3/2004

Aurora Borealis, 10/2003

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