The aim of this ongoing website
is to explore the great ecosystems of the planet,
identifying their landforms, plants and animals...


There are some beautiful (and many endemic) birds in the dry forests of Madagascar

(Kingfisher, Madagascar)

The damselfish of the tropical Indo-Pacific coral reefs include the famous 'nemos', the anemonefish... 

(Anemonefish, Japan)

The reptiles of the dry forests of Wallacea include the Komodo dragon, the biggest lizard in the world!

(Komodo Dragons fighting, Rinca, Indonesia)

West of the Great Dividing Range, Western Grey Kangaroos are one of the common mammals of Australian temperate Eucalyptus woodlands.

(Kangaroos, Western Australia)

Like birdwatching? Some of the cutest and confiding creatures are the birds of temperate forests of the Himalayas.

(Whiskered Yuhina, Bhutan)

Surprisingly little is known about the different species of the stunning 'flying fish' of the open tropical oceans

The diverse and photogenic hummingbirds of Central & South American rainforests.

(Golden-tailed Saphire Hummingbird, Wildsumaco Lodge, Ecuador)

The wonderful diversity of the primates of African rainforest.

He might be as shocked to see you as you are to see him! (Bigodi, Uganda)

The largest jungle bird in the world is the Cassowary, one of the many amazing birds of the rainforests of Australia and New Guinea.

staring down the most dangerous bird in the world! (Sepik River, Papua New Guinea)

The most acrobatic of all cetaceans, the 'Dusky Dolphin', swims in the southern temperate oceans around New Zealand and southern Australia

Dusky Dolphin somersaulting, Kaikoura (image by Damon Ramsey)(Kaikoura, New Zealand)

 The Arctic waters are remote and beautiful. As the days gets shorter in autumn, the northern lights get easier to see.

The rainforest of Wallacea is a mix of Australian and Asian derived species, with many endemic, including the tiny Tarsier.

(Tangkoko, Indonesia)

Penguins are probably the best known of the birds of the the Antarctic ocean and seashore

(Macquarie Island, sub-Antarctic Australia)

Giant Tarantulas are just one group of invertebrates of South and Central American rainforest.

whaddya mean you don't want to look for giant spiders?

 Sea-jellies are one of the prettiest of the drifting invertebrates of the tropical oceans.

The birds of paradise are one of the most spectacular song birds of the Australian and New Guinea rainforest.

(Chambers Lodge, Lake Eacham, Australia)

Orang-utans are the biggest of the primates of the tropical Asian rainforest.

redheads are cute!

 Tree Kangaroos are one of the more remarkable mammals in tropical Australasian rainforest.

(Possum Valley, Australia)

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