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Red-Bodied Swallowtail Butterflies Resting

Red-bodies swallowtails

It's usually around half an hour before sunset when we're sitting on our deck having sundowners that we notice the butterflies looking for a place to rest overnight on Keswick Island. You can bet your bottom dollar that where there is one butterfly resting, another one will come along and try to take the same place! It's interesting watching them jostle for a spot to sleep & stretch their wings for the last few rays of sunshine that day. These particular butterflies are male red-bodies swallowtails and they are attracted to our red hibiscus flowers.

Two Books Down — One To Go!

I've finished the illustrations and new cover images for the first 2 books in the series and only have one left to go! This is exciting 🙂

RADF Grant Approved

I’m thrilled to bits to announce that the Regional Art Development Fund (RADF) Grant I applied for has been approved. Now I have 4 months of solid illustrating work to do to my first 3 books. Really looking forward to getting stuck into it and also to be mentored by award-winning local artisan Lesley Kane! 🙂

The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Mackay City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

The Butterflies Are Here

It’s that time of year again – after a tropical cyclone – when the sun comes out and blue tiger butterflies hatch in the thousands! We think it must be something to do with air pressure that causes this phenomenon. Anyhow it makes for terrific photo opportunities and takes us all back to our childhood days when we appreciated nature more. 🙂 This photo is walking distance from Jasmine Cottage looking over Egremont Passage towards neighbouring St Bees Island.

Lizard flat out drinking?

There's an old Aussie expression "like a lizard flat out drinking", and I have seen monitor lizards drink that way when I'm watering the garden. But the other day I shot this short video of a monitor drinking in a totally different way! 🙂

Lizard flat out drinking?

Rockin’ Cockie

This is an oldie but a goodie. Just love the way this cockatoo rocks to the music of Freddy in Queen.

Download Critter’s Christmas On Keswick FREE For 5 Days

Hi Friends! I have just published my 4th Island Critters book and it’s a fully illustrated Christmas book for children. I’m running a free download promotion for the next 5 days if you’d like to grab a copy? (Even Brian had a good laugh when I read it to him the other night!) Simply click the image below to go to my Amazon Author Page and select the Kindle Version (making sure you are on the Australian Amazon site if you live in Australia – there will be a link to it on the top RHS). Don’t worry if you don’t have a kindle, you can also download the Kindle App to read the book on any device!

Please download the book for free within the next 5 days, and if you enjoy it, please leave a review so I can be ranked on Amazon. Thank you in advance! (BTW, the paperback copy is A4 size and great for colouring in!)

Download it free today!

Download Critter’s Christmas On Keswick – Book 4 in the Island Critters Series

New site ready

I've updated my website to showcase my new book series, "Island Critters". It's taken lots of trips around the island to snap photos of the animals, plants and scenery, but it's a most enjoyable pass time. 🙂

Just thought my blog would be a good place to display videos that I've snapped in the past and to make annoucements. The following video is a recent one of a mum & calf hump back whale just off the point of Basil Bay... The little one is having a bit of fun slapping their tail!


Mother hump back whale & calf slapping tail at Keswick Island September 2017