Tag Archives: Australia

Serendip Sanctuary

Serendip Sanctuary at the base of the You Yangs, South-West of Melbourne,  is a good place to practice your bird and animal photography. I like to visit the sanctuary a few times a year and see what wild birds have turned up. The Bush Stone Curlew and the Scarlet chested Parrot were in a walk through aviary along with many other species that are quite used to people. The Bush Stone Curlew uses it stillness and camouflaged plumage and freezes when threatened or nervous. While walking through the aviary we had to wait for the bird to stop freezing and move out of the way. It had to be hunting insects as it did not have to walk on the track we were on. The Scarlet-chested Parrot is rare in Victoria and usually found in inland Australia. The Magpie Geese are actually wild and are often found at Serendip especially when the water levels are higher. They are not the prettiest bird around – remind me more of a vulture than goose. Apparently they are very good eating in Northern Territory.

Bush Stone Curlew, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Bush Stone Curlew, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Bush Stone Curlew, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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Bush Stone Curlew, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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Scarlet chested Parrot, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Scarlet chested Parrot

Scarlet chested Parrot, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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Swamp Wallaby, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Swamp Wallaby

Magpie Goose, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

Magpie Goose, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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Magpie Goose, Serendip Sanctuary, Lara, Victoria

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1st Birding Minute

I read about creating “birding minutes” a while back (and eventually I will find the article/blog and reference it). The concept is about recording a site and the experience of that moment, the conditions, location and sounds of the local birds. For my first minute I thought I would use my iPhone and a Rode mic but it did not turn out well so in future I will record using my Zoom and the Rode mic. I recorded my 1st Birding Minute last weekend at Greens Bush on the Mornington Peninsula. It is a favourite spot of mine for an early morning walk amongst varied forest and rainforest vegetation types and usually has many birds but on this occasion it was very still and quiet.

A Birding Minute

 

Melbourne Street Art – Best of January 2017 Pt2

The selection below was some of the best I found in January 2017 (Part 1). A mixture of spray painting, pasteups and stencils. Most were gone (over-sprayed) in the following days. The photos were mostly taken in Hosier & Rutledge Lanes and a few other laneways around Melbourne CBD (ACDC Lane, Duckboard Place, Union Lane) – all images taken with an iPhone 6S and uploaded as taken, i.e. no editing. (An interesting way to try and improve general photography skills)

Melbourne Street Art - January 2017

Melbourne Street Art – January 2017

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Melbourne Street Art – Best of January 2017 Pt1

I like to wander the laneways and alleys of Melbourne looking for the latest in street art. This selection was some of the best I found in January 2017. A mixture of spray painting, pasteups and stencils. Most were gone (over-sprayed) in the following days. The artworks below were mostly taken in Hosier & Rutledge Lanes and a few other laneways around Melbourne CBD (ACDC Lane, Duckboard Place, Union Lane) – all images taken with an iPhone 6S and uploaded as taken, i.e. no editing. (An interesting way to try and improve general photography skills)

Melbourne Street Art - January 2017

Melbourne Street Art – January 2017

Melbourne Street Art - January 2017

Melbourne Street Art – January 2017

Melbourne Street Art - January 2017

Melbourne Street Art – January 2017

Melbourne Street Art - January 2017

Melbourne Street Art – January 2017

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Melbourne Street Art – January 2017

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Melbourne Street Art – January 2017

They are here somewhere…

When I visit Braeside Park I always look in a few key spots for one of my favourite birds – the Tawny Frogmouth. Around the carpark there is open area and plenty of medium sized trees that the frogmouths like to roost in during the day. They can be hard to find due to the habit of staying very still and elongating their body to look like a dead branch stump. I have been seeing a pair in the carpark for the last 5 years so knew they were here somewhere. It was hot and I was standing in small grove of Wattles in the shade while I was trying to figure out where the pair could be when I looked straight into the eyes of a frogmouth. I found 2 roosting at head height in front of me and when I turned around to move away so I wouldnt be so close I found another. These were the grown chicks from the pair that I usually see in this area. ( I photographed a parent sitting on the nest last year. )

Tawny Frogmouths, Braeside Park, Victoria 5 Jan 2017

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouths, Braeside Park, Victoria 5 Jan 2017

Tawny Frogmouths

Tawny Frogmouths, Braeside Park, Victoria 5 Jan 2017

In the action no-action pose

Tawny Frogmouths, Braeside Park, Victoria 5 Jan 2017

Blending right in

Tawny Frogmouths, Braeside Park, Victoria 5 Jan 2017

The 3rd frogmouth and I would guess a parent as it just ignored me as I almost stumbled into it at head height while moving away from the other two – the breeding pair in this area of the Park are used to people and their cars.

Melbourne Street Art December 2016 Part 3

I like to wander the laneways and alleys of Melbourne looking for the latest in street art. This selection was some of the best I found in December 2016. A mixture of spray painting, pasteups and stencils. Most were gone (over-sprayed) in the following days. The artworks were mostly taken in Hosier & Rutledge Lanes, Melbourne CBD (part 1) and Artists Lane off Chapel Street in Windsor (part 2) and a few more locally in laneways off Acland Street, St Kilda. (Part 3)

Acland St Street Art December 2016

Acland St Street Art December 2016

Acland St Street Art December 2016

Acland St Street Art December 2016

Acland St Street Art December 2016

Acland St Street Art December 2016

Acland St Street Art December 2016

Acland St Street Art December 2016

Melbourne Street Art December 2016 Part 2

I like to wander the laneways and alleys of Melbourne looking for the latest in street art. This selection was some of the best I found in December 2016. A mixture of spray painting, pasteups and stencils. Most were gone (over-sprayed) in the following days. The artworks were mostly taken in Hosier & Rutledge Lanes, Melbourne CBD (part 1) and Artists Lane off Chapel Street in Windsor (part 2) and a few more locally in laneways off Acland Street, St Kilda. (Part 3)

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2017

Artists Lane, Windsor December 2016