Australia

A Glimpse at Australia’s Wildlife

Jordan Taylor is a student at the University of New Haven and an ISA Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Gold Coast, Australia.

I’ve been to quite a few spots in Australia since my last blog post and I’ve been having a great time here. I’ve made tons of friends with whom I travel with doing the classic touristy things. My favorite place by far has been Byron Bay and I plan to visit one more time before the semester is over. I also loved Cairns, which I visited last weekend with my ISA group. My five day trip to Sydney was also memorable as I got to see the opera house and harbor bridge.  Snorkeling the reef was amazing and something I will never forget.

But hands-down, my favorite thing about Australia is the wildlife. The animals here are awesome and make for great photos. I’ve gotten quite a lot of photos from the wildlife sanctuaries here, especially Currumbin.The kangaroos are great for taking selfies with. There’s also little water dragons that show up everywhere, one actually came at me and my friend the other day which was a little scary. Their necks stand all the way up when they’re threatened and they start walking in this weird way.

I’m dedicating this blog post to some of the animals I’ve photographed so far:

This is a really interesting turtle we saw at the sanctuary with an abnormally long neck.

This is a really interesting turtle we saw at the sanctuary with an abnormally long neck.

The tree kangaroos are pretty cool, and I love their coloring.

The tree kangaroos are pretty cool, and I love their coloring.

The dingos are definitely my favorite Australian animal. I even paid $20 to get my picture taken with one and its my new facebook profile picture.

The dingos are definitely my favorite Australian animal. I even paid $20 to get my picture taken with one and its my new facebook profile picture.

I loved the position that this koala was sitting in and had to take a photo. This is one of my favorite koala photos.

I loved the position that this koala was sitting in and had to take a photo. This is one of my favorite koala photos.

Well Australia is known for its snakes so I can't do an animal post without sharing a photo of one.

Well Australia is known for its snakes so I can’t do an animal post without sharing a photo of one.

Here's a little kangaroo that was really interested in my camera.

Here’s a little kangaroo that was really interested in my camera.

This photo I took during a bird show at the sanctuary, these birds are some of my favorites because of their bright colors.

This photo I took during a bird show at the sanctuary, these birds are some of my favorites because of their bright colors.

I loved this action shot I got of a koala reaching for some leaves.

I loved this action shot I got of a koala reaching for some leaves.

This animal, a Quokka, is an Australian favorite as it's nicknamed the happiest animal in the world because he looks like he's smiling.

This animal, a Quokka, is an Australian favorite as it’s nicknamed the happiest animal in the world because he looks like he’s smiling.

Want to see more of Jordan’s work in Australia? Check out “Discovering Australia in 10 Photos”