Steve Irwin was Australia’s national treasure. Not only did he bring us a huge amount of entertainment over the years presenting his various TV shows, he also poured everything he had into conservation and wildlife protection, up until his tragic death in 2006.
Steve left us far too soon, but his legacy lives on through his family. His daughter Bindi, who is 20 years old, is already a big name on TV, and is heavily involved in wildlife conservation. His son, Robert, is just 14, and has become a highly-respected nature photographer in his own right. In fact, he’s so good that he was recently nominated for Wildlife Photographer of the Year in his age bracket.
Looking at his photographs, it’s not hard to see why he has achieved such recognition at such a young age. Some of his shots are truly amazing! It’s obvious that Robert has his dad’s passion for nature, along with his own natural talent for photography.
This is the photo that got Robert all the attention – an amazing shot of the more brutal size of nature, with a large spider eating a frog.
And here he is standing next to it at the award show, with a proud smile on his face!
He captures all kinds of exotic animals, but as you can see from this next photo, he feels just as passionately about the humble rodents he finds in the garden:
An of course, he loves koalas, too.
Still, he’s much more comfortable behind the camera.
Let’s take a look at some of his work, starting with this ssssneaky ssssserpent.
To balance it out with cuteness, here’s an otter having a snack.
A koala, just maxin’ and relaxin’…
A beautiful shot of a baby tiger
This one looks like the live-action remake of Finding Nemo.
More underwater scenes. These shots must have been really difficult!
Speaking of kids’ animation, hyenas aren’t always as evil as they’re depicted in The Lion King…
And how on earth did Robert make this tarantula look so darn cute?!
This next one is a stunning shot taken just at the right time. I love the reflection aspect.
Back to the cuteness – take a look at these adorable lion cubs:
Here’s a photo of my personal favorite animal, the elephant. Such power and such grace in this shot.
Here’s a beautifully-colored bird, or ‘birb’ as the kids like to call them these days…
It’s not just fluffy and feathery things he snaps either – take a look at this impressive close-up of a praying mantis:
Octopuses (octopi?) have always freaked me out, but this is still a great photo.
Then there’s this lioness, who obviously just heard a great joke:
And this thing, which I have decided is a ‘gummy spider’.
A pelican at sunset. Great image composition here!
Staying with birds, this is a magnificent shot of a hawk in full flight.
These mongooses are cute from a distance, but a cobra would have a totally different opinion.
A couple of amazing close-up shots of lions here, both male and female:
And who doesn’t love inquisitive meerkats?
A lot of people find hippos cute too, but they’re incredibly dangerous! I hope he wasn’t as close as it looks like he was for this shot:
Speaking of vicious-but-cute, here’s a baby baboon with mama.
Shots like this next one have me a little worried about Robert’s safety. I mean, how close must have got to this crocodile! Or is it an alligator… answer on a postcard, folks.
Staying with the reptile contingent, here’s a tree-hugging komodo dragon:
Check out the beautiful antlers on this antelope! Just stunning.
I love this arty photo of a zebra:
And finally, rhinos are far too rare a sight these days, but we can all enjoy this photograph of dad and child taking a drink:
It’s obvious that Robert has an awful lot of talent, and a very bright future ahead of him. As I said earlier, I just hope he stays safe out there!