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Teale Britstra
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From fabulous beetles to vibrant starry nights, idyllic waterfalls and dramatic storms or brilliant bird photos - here are the top 10 AG Reader Photos of 2016: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/5ay62
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By special request, I made a sister publication to my "Butterflies of Australia" 2017 wall calendar, this time featuring some of my favourite dragonfly and damselfly images taken within the past 12 months!
>> http://bit.ly/2gnuMAi
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Pretty stoked - the Australia Post Collectables "Beautiful Butterflies medallion collection" that features my image of a Chequered Swallowtail on the cover will be released soon (Nov 7?) :-D

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Managed to catch one of the male peacock spiders in my back yard dancing finally :-) I actually have seen it a few times, but catching it on camera is a little more difficult :)

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Yesterday I was out chasing a better image of the Green Carpenter Bee, when one decided that my face looked like a good place to land. It was very insistent, and when a few waves of my hand wouldn't deter it, I took a few backward steps to try and shake it off. After a few steps, I figured that I should really turn around to check what was behind me, which turns out to have been a good idea because I was about to collide with an Eastern Brown Snake - one of Australia's most dangerous.
I have to say that this snake was far more relaxed than my last encounter with the species, and since it was basically ignoring me (phew), I decided to take a few quick pics.

I think it's important to mention that, as I was not sure of the snake's ID at the time, I treated it (rightly, in hindsight) with caution, and didn't approach it. I also remained standing, as while lowering my stance might result in a better photo, it also makes it more difficult to move if the snake changed its mind, and became aggressive. They move VERY fast when they want to.
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12/10/2016
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So after more than a year of searching, I finally found my first Peacock Spider - in my back yard. A male Maratus nigromaculatus (~3mm long), who waved a leg at me once or twice, but didn't perform a dance this time. Oh well, something to look forward to! :D 
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So after more than a year of searching, I finally found my first Peacock Spider yesterday - in my own back yard. A male Maratus nigromaculatus, who waved a leg at me once or twice, but didn't perform a dance this time. Oh well, something to look forward to! :D 
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Yay, I have a photo featured by Australian Geographic :-)
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