Roger Fryer's book Wildlife and Wilderness in the Waterfall Country has been named a CSIRO best-seller.
Roger Fryer's book Wildlife and Wilderness in the Waterfall Country has been named a CSIRO best-seller.

Photographer on hunt for wallaby

FORMER Northern Star journalist Roger Fryer has simplified his life and these days travels the eastern seaboard in a van equipped with photography equipment.

His passion is wildlife, and capturing them in a digital medium is a thing that brings much joy to his heart.

Searching for elusive wallaby

Last week he was on the Cambridge Plateau, just above Mallanganee where the Richmond water catchment is separated from the Clarence.

He was seeking that elusive black-striped wallaby and as he had no success he is now appealing to the general public - have you seen this pretty creature, with its distinctive black stripe down its back?

HAVE you seen this rare creature? The Black Striped Wallaby is supposed to exist along the Cambridge Plateau.
HAVE you seen this rare creature? The Black Striped Wallaby is supposed to exist along the Cambridge Plateau.

According to the literature, this particular wallaby exists on the Cambridge Plateau and favours edge environments, where bush meets paddock.

Adding to his book

The point of his pursuit is to add the elusive creature into an updated edition of his popular book, Wildlife of the Waterfall Country, published by the CSIRO.

The original is almost out of print, and Roger has been travelling the eastern slopes of the dividing range from the Hunter to the Clarence photographing all manner of wildlife during hours when most of us would be asleep - or watching television.

Roger says Cambridge Plateau rates highly.

Cambridge Plateau high on agenda

"I thought the country behind Coffs Harbour was magnificent, but the diversity of animals on the Cambridge Plateau makes it one of the best places for wildlife," he said.

"There is some serious old growth forest here, despite the fact that it has been logged, and there are some old trees with hollows that make them ideal for wildlife.

"As well there is lots of edge country between rainforest and eucalypt forest, which creates more diversity."

Wildlife a passion

He said wildlife had been a passion in his life, since he was a boy raising abandoned possums at home.

He later joined a mammal survey group as a young teenager and at the age of 15 he set off across Australia in search of freedom and adventure, always with wildlife at the forefront of his mind.

Seems some things haven't changed much at all for the photographer ...

Contact Roger at rog.fryer@bigpond.com or phone him on 0427 559 575.



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