About Wildlife Images

Wildlife Images are specialists in providing images of wildlife (birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates) in their natural environment. We aim to present and maintain an exceptional collection of natural history photographs from Australia, South-east Asia and the Pacific. As an example of our work, a portion of the Australian image collection is now available to view online through our image library.

All photographers that contribute to Wildlife Images are experienced field ecologists and passionate observers of the natural world. As a consequence, you can be assured that the subjects presented have been correctly identified, and that the dates and locations of these images - a critical component of image presentation in many technical publications - have been accurately documented.

Principal photographer - Rohan Clarke

Rohan has been passionate about all things 'natural history' since he was a child growing up in Melbourne, Australia. At the age of eleven, extended family travel around Australia was instrumental in formalising a lifelong interest in wildlife. Armed with his first pair of binoculars he birded his way up through the Australian Red Centre, across the Top End and through the Kimberley. Memories of Rainbow Pittas, Barramundi and a hapless micro-bat caught by hand remain strong to this day.

As a teenager he acquired his first camera; a classic SLR, the Olympus OM1 with 35 to 80 mm and 80 to 200 mm lenses. It was with this camera that he learnt the basics of photography in an age when every shutter release (and consequent exposure of film) cost a $1. With income limited to a part time job such pressures have a way of honing photographic skills!

Shifting to Canon in 1998 and Canon digital in 2002, Rohan has concentrated on building a quality collection of natural history images. With images of well over 600 Australian birds, 200 reptiles and amphibians and 100 mammals his collection of wild images is one of the largest achieved by a single photographer in the region.

Rohan completed a PhD whilst contributing to the conservation of the endangered Black-eared Miner. As an ecologist and conservation biologist he has been privileged to have experienced some of the very best that Australia has to offer. An extended period on sub-antarctic Macquarie Island, avian malaria screening in Torres Strait, biodiversity surveys on Cape York and over a decade of threatened bird research in south eastern Australia are just some of the experiences enjoyed. The diversity of photographs available reflects these experiences.

Contributing photographer - Adrian Boyle

Adrian is a natural history photographer, tour guide and wildlife consultant based in the tropical town of Broome, north-western Australia. He is passionate about shorebirds, particularly on his home patch in Roebuck Bay and can be often found on its nutrient rich shores photographing the vast flocks of migratory wading birds that occur there. In his quest to contribute to the conservation of shorebirds Adrian has also travelled extensively through Asia (Korea, China, Philippines and Malaysia) participating in global flyway counts and training locals in banding and monitoring techniques.

When it comes to birds, Adrian also has a knack for tracking down Australia rarities. Indeed, in recent years he has added several species to the Australian list including the globally endangered Nordmann's Greenshank, found and photographed on Eighty Mile Beach during a regular shorebird count. Shorebirds are not the only thing that Adrian is passionate about - amongst other things he has made a concerted effort to capture images of the mammals, reptiles, amphibians and dragonflies of the Broome region, has repeatedly traversed the Kimberley coast as natural history guide aboard cruise ships and completed a three month stint as a seabird observer during a shipboard journey to Antarctica.