I am thrilled to have had my photo of a Yellow-faced Whip Snake selected as a finalist in the WIRES Australia Day Photo Competition!
Following a popular vote on the WIRES Facebook page, my photo came fifth in a strong field of contenders.
It was wonderful to see people responding so positively to an image of an animal that many find terrifying. There are myriad reasons why I love taking photos of snakes, but helping people to appreciate and respect them is pretty much at the top of my list.
This tiny Yellow-faced Whip Snake nearly met an untimely end in a large government building on the Sunshine Coast where he was causing terror and chaos (yes, really)!
My friend Megan witnessed the spectacle unfolding and took quick (and assertive!) action to rescue this lovely little snake and spirit him away to safety until Nathan and I could get there to collect and release him back into the wild. Well done Megs!!
WIRES, the NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service, is also full of people who selflessly and courageously take action to aid our native fauna. The organisation has over 2000 qualified volunteers who are authorised to rescue, rehabilitate and release native animals of all kinds.
Nathan was a member of WIRES in Sydney from 2005 to 2010 and, during that time, we rescued, transported, relocated and rehabilitated hundreds of snakes and lizards as well as birds and possums.
It was an incredibly rewarding time, and we are grateful to the other WIRES volunteers in our area, particularly the reptile carers, who so generously shared their time, knowledge and expertise with us. We learnt so much!
If you'd like to find out more about WIRES or donate to help them continue their amazing work, visit www.wires.org.au.
If you live in NSW make sure you have the number 1300 094 737 stored in your phone - you just never know when you might need to call in an animal rescue.