Landscape Photographer from the South West of Western Australia

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New Year dolphins

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Over the Xmas – New Year period I have not had time to see the dolphins but today they were at Sandpatcheshaving fun in some good surf.


Dolphins surfing

I had a pleasant afternoon photographing the Sandpatches dolphins. The afternoon sun backlights the waves beautifully. Afterwards I called into Pt Picquet and saw a blue whale go past. All in all a great way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.

 

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Dolphins at Sandpatches

I frequently go out to Sugarloaf Rocks and check to see if the dolphins in the bay north of Sugarloaf (called Sandpatches) are there.
It seems to be a pod that are resident in that bay, and they love to surf. When there are reasonable sized waves (2m) often you will see the whole pod surfing. They ride the wave in close to the shore break, then do a tumble turn and leap out of the back of the wave. Today was typical.
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Dolphin athletics

Here are some photos of the dolphins playing in the surf.

There were 20-30 dolphins in the pod. This is some of them.

There were 20-30 dolphins in the pod.


Beautiful. The light was perfect.

Beautiful. The light was perfect.


The dolphins leap out of the back of the wave at the end of a surfing manoevre. While surfing they suddenly dive and come back under their previous track. Then they come up. I think the wave motion helps lift them out of the air.
Collision

Collision

The water was very clear.

The water was very clear.


A crowded wave

A crowded wave

It is incredible how high they can leap.

It is incredible how high they can leap.

Tube of the day!

Tube of the day!


Everybody is doing it!

Everybody is doing it!


Dolphin soccer

Well nearly. I went out to Sandpatches again yesterday and my favourite dolphin pod was there playing in the surf, leaping out of the water, and what appears to be hunting fish.

At one stage I thought a dolphin had caught a fish and had it in its mouth, shaking it. However when I photographed the dolphin it turned out to be a piece of seaweed. The dolphin (or maybe more than one was involved – very hard to tell) was catching it, throwing it up in the air, and chasing after it. They seemed to be having a lot of fun.

Here are some images.

This first image shows the piece of seaweed flung into the air by the dolphin.

This first image shows the piece of seaweed flung into the air by the dolphin.


There's one in every crowd! The dolphin with a seaweed wig!

There’s one in every crowd! The dolphin with a seaweed wig!


Here he is playing with the seaweed.

Here he is playing with the seaweed.

He has thrown it into the air again.

He has thrown it into the air again.


And again it is thrown into the air.

And again it is thrown into the air.


The dolphin(s) was obviously playing some game with the seaweed. Very curious!


Dolphins hunting at Sandpatches

I went out to Sandpatches today. My favourite pod of dolphins were busy chasing salmon. I first saw them close in, but when I went down to the rocks to photograph them they moved north, so I was photographing these at around 2km distance. Today they were very active, with as many as 6-7 leaping out of each wave. There were some complete loop the loops as well! Wonderful stuff.

The conditions were great for photography. After a rain shower, the sun appeared in the distance and provided some great light.

360 with half twist

360 with half twist


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More dolphins

There was a large group of dolphins at Sandpatches today feeding on salmon. Occasionally one would get too close to shore and have to leap out of the wave to avoid being dumped on the beach. Flying dolphin