Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

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Please enjoy my images which are mostly from the Cape to Cape region in the South West of Western Australia (from Busselton to Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin). Please feel free to comment on any of these images.

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Two little mates on a big adventure

I know this isn’t the best or clearest of photos, but these two baby humpbacks caught my attention.

We have had a big storm here in the SouthWest. One effect of this storm was that on Sunday two baby humpback whales became separated from their mothers and were washed ashore at Lefthanders, just south of Cowaramup. One of these managed to get back out through the raging surf (7-8m waves breaking a long way out). However the other one couldn’t get back out. He kept on trying for hours.

The next day I saw another two baby humpbacks heading north past Cape Naturaliste, and into Geographe Bay. There was no sign of any adults, so  they must also have been separated from their mothers in the storm. They seem to have joined up and are off in search of their mums. Without mum they have no source of food, so this is a critical venture.

It is difficult to say what their chances of finding mum are. Never underestimate mother nature. We don’t know much about how they will try to find their mothers but I am hopeful that they know what they are doing. They have made a good start by joining up together, and I think that they are heading in the right direction. Good luck to them.

As a side note it surprised me that there were so many young calves around that were affected by the storm. Normally the female humpbacks go up north to Campden Sound to calve, and bring up their babies (they have to fatten them up before taking them down south to the cold southern waters to the summer feeding grounds). These calves must have been born off Cape Leeuwin. The one in the surf at Lefthanders was less than two weeks old by the look of him. The storm had a devastating effect on these whales who didn’t make the trip north in time for the babies arrival.

 

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A nice catch

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I was on the beach photographing some whales and this Osprey went by. Obviously it was a successful fishing trip.

Bunker Bay Rainbow

_DSC1003After a day spent watching Southern Right Whales in Bunker Bay, I went up to a lookout and noticed a rainbow in the distance.

Surfing dolphins

More of the same!

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Notice the baby dolphin in the centre of this shot
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Aerial dolphins

After a week or so of cold, wet weather (OK cold by Dunsborough standards) yesterday afternoon was a welcome change. Moderate waves, a light easterly breeze just strong enough to blow the tops of the waves back a bit (this creates a nice billowing spray!), and the sun came out. So did the dolphins, and they were surfing, and just as they were about to get dumped they would leap out of the back of the wave. Very impressive, and a very enjoyable afternoon watching them. This first shot has seven dolphins in the air at once! The following shot shows the dramatic wave forms  (as well as dolphins).

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Dolphins up to their old tricks again

It has been a while since they have been playing like this at Sandpatches. The conditions were right for them today – the waves were breaking in close, and they seemed to be finding plenty of fish to catch.

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Salmon season

The salmon are here. This morning about five schools went past while I was photographing dolphins. They seemed to hide close to the surf zone so the dolphins can’t find them, and then when they think its safe they make a move along the beach.

For those who are not familiar with the Australian salmon, these are not the pink flesh salmon such as the Tasmanian salmon or the northern hemisphere salmon. They are about 80 cm long, weigh 4-5 kgs and every year they migrate from somehere near Ceduna in South Australia to the South west coast here in Western Australia. They are a lot of fun to catch.

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