Next Episode of Australian Wilderness with Ray Mears is
Ray Mears explores the secret and lesser known Australia, unpacking extraordinary landscapes from hot deserts to coral coasts and the wildlife that survives there.
Kangaroo Island is the wild jewel in Australia's crown. In the bush, Ray meets an echidna - the only mammal with a real beak - but it also lays eggs. Ray discovers that the creature is an ancient bridge between reptiles and mammals.
On the rugged Dampier Peninsula in North West Australia incredible tides have shaped the land and the wildlife. The rough seas are home to dolphins, and Ray watches a mother and her calf hunting in the surf, seeking food that the tide has churned up. A trip to an island of shells brings Ray face-to-face with one of the world's biggest oysters - but there is no time to explore the island further, as the tide is roaring in again...
Ray explores the Flinders mountains. He meets three different species of kangaroo, while Australia's largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle, soars over head.
Ray follows the Frankland River into the heart of Walpole Forest - two hundred square kilometres of wooded wilderness in Western Australia. The forest is 65 million years old, and has always provided food and shelter for aboriginal people. Ray is seeking out giant trees, and the creatures that live among them. He starts out his journey by canoe and meets Gary Muir, a local guide and conservationist. Ray learns from Gary that the river was once used by loggers to transport jarrah wood, which is so hard it was used as cobbles for London streets in Victorian times. Ray strikes away from the river to look for giant tingle trees, and meets some well camouflaged geckos along the way. Some tingles can be 24 metres in girth, and they grow alongside karri trees, which are some of the world's tallest!
Ray Mears(Ray Mears)
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