I was coming home past the Quindalup lagoon, and saw the heron – he had caught a large fish. Then the pair of spoonbills landed, and started foraging. Later the teal flew past.
I went out to the mouth of the Willyabrup River this morning at dawn. That means an early rise because it is about a 5k walk to get there. I thought I would be the only one there, but there were a lot of high school kids who had camped the night! Although the mouth of the river is quite spectacular it is all yellow/brown/black and I wanted to get some color from the dawn sky. I only just made it in time, but the sun did the right thing for me and came out from behind the clouds long enough to get some nice pinks and reds.
Continuing on the bird theme. I have occasionally driven past these birds, but usually by the time I have stopped they have gone. These are very close to Busselton, and are surrounded by houses and/or shops/factories. Today I got lucky and they hung around long enough for me to photograph them. (There are at least two of them).
Here is the image of the white bellied sea eagle with some post processing mostly cropping, and adding some textures.
This will be a bit different – I will try to tell a story. There will be a lot of images and I will probably have to fix up the formatting a few times. The Vasse Wonnerup wetlands are between Busselton and the Geographe Marina, and just inland. The main road goes past – you have wetlands on one side, and housing on the other. These wetlands are recognized internationally, but normally you just drive past. Today I stopped and took these images from the side of the road. (Click on these thumbnails to get the larger images).
You can see that these trees are home to a lot of birds, mainly the Australian White Ibis and the Straw necked Ibis.
This image shows that babies are not brought by the stork, but by Ibis’s! (actually it is just another bird in the background, but why let a few facts spoil a good story!
A few shots of the general area shows what is going on – lots of birds and some nice views.
This is another shot of the area.
I noticed this Whistling Kite flying around and followed him.
He landed near a White Bellied Sea Eagle who had killed some small bird and was eating it. He obviously wanted to get the left overs. There were other onlookers who had similar idea’s.
The Whistling Kite wasn’t the only bird after the scraps.
The Whistling Kite gave up for a while and left, but returned soon after.
At this point the White Bellied Sea Eagle started to get restless – I think he thought there were better food opportunities nearby.
At this stage the Sea Eagle left and hunted more prey. The Whistling Kite and others then tried to move in on his scraps. The Whistling Kite had to establish his right to the food.
The Ibis’s thought they were in with a chance for the scraps, but the Whistling Kite was having none of that.
After this the Whistling Kite joined up with some mates and went hunting.
While I was at Kilcarnup photographing the Ospreys I got a number of good images. Here are some samples.
Access to Kilcarnup is by 4WD only, and in summer the track is very boggy. In summer you can walk up from the mouth of the Margaret River when the sandbar is across the river mouth. It is about 3k.
Just north of the mouth of the Margaret River there is a huge Osprey nest that has been used for many years by a pair of Ospreys. It is on a small rocky outcrop just offshore so they are safe from everything except other birds. In this photo Dad is just leaving to go hunting. He joined up with about 3 other Ospreys who were circling the area. I think they may be chicks from previous years.
At least one of the chicks has hatched – I have one photo in which you can see a little head but you need to compare it with other photos to be sure it is not part of a branch, so I won’t post it.
Something a bit different. Picture an uprooted tree with the stump out of the ground. The root system and the timbers are often quite intriguing, but when you photograph the tree stump you get a lot of detail, dirt, and generally the background is pretty unattractive.
There is a large seal colony at Cape Naturaliste between Bunker Bay and Cape Naturaliste. This area is relatively inaccessible (it requires a substantial climb down the cliffs and then back up afterwards) and therefore the seals have few visitors. If you don’t get too close they will forget about you and you can get some great shots. Along this stretch of water they have areas that are protected by reefs and inaccessible to large sharks, and you often see them swimming in large numbers in these protected areas.
This image won a bronze award in the 2011 International Loupe Awards.
There was a very low tide today. Perfect conditions for wading and exploring. (I think I focussed on the rear end of this heron!)
There are some very steep hills around Brisbane. Great for photography, but not so good for walking! While I was taking this photo I heard a dog barking. I looked around and there was a man out the front of his house over the other side of the road. He had let the dogs out the front door, and they were barking at me and wouldn’t come back when he called them. His problem was that all he had on was a towel wrapped around him!