Looking for breakfast…
Laughing Kookaburra, Rotunda Reserve, Newstead, Vic
Since February we have been seeing juvenile Nankeen Night-herons roosting and hunting along Elster Creek. Good conditions inland and locally over the spring and summer has meant good numbers are appearing. The juvenile has brown and white streaking to help with camouflage while building up their survival and hunting skills.
Juvenile Nankeen Night-Heron, Elster Creek, Elsternwick, Vic
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For a small hillside country cemetery, surrounded by paddocks of sheep, Newstead has a surprising array of birds feeding in the area. There are several large mature gums and a few small creeks with dense foliage that the smaller birds love. There were many birds when I visited on the weekend including several Restless Flycatchers also called “Scissors grinder” for their whirring, rasping hissing call. The one below, an immature female was moving between headstones chasing insects.
Restless Flycatcher, Newstead Cemetery, Newstead, Vic
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A tiny Superb Fairy-wren at the Garden of St Erth in Blackwood, Victoria. I watched a small family group hunting along a path. I could not get in front of them to get the right light, but it made for an interesting silhouette.
Superb Fairy-wren, Garden of St Erth, Blackwood, Vic
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A walk through a narrow laneway: Flanigan Lane, in the Melbourne CBD, and a nice surprise, a very large mural of a Blues guitarist…
Guitarist wall mural, Flanigan Lane, Melbourne CBD
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Waking along the Black Rock Beach looking for fossilised sharks teeth with a friend, we noticed this pair practicing their modelling shots…the accidental blurring and sun contrast made an interesting silhouette shot…
Modelling at Black Rock Beach, Victoria
While camping at Balnarring Beach Foreshore, a friend (Antoniette) and I photographed the local Banksia flowers stems and seed pods. When left undisturbed the Banksias can grow to large tree-size specimens and attract many birds, mammals and insects.
Banksia Flower Spike, Balnarring Beach, Victoria
Last year’s Banksia Seed Pods, Balnarring Beach, Victoria
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A favourite walk-thru from Bourke St Mall to Little Collins St – one of the most popular shopping arcades of the Melbourne CBD…for boutique shops, lollies and photography…
Royal Arcade, off Bourke St Mall, Melbourne CBD
While walking along Elster Creek, I photographed a flock of Australian Wood Ducks that have been in the area over the summer. Wood Ducks breed in large numbers with parents and the occasional aunt raising up to 16 chicks. The one photographed below was grooming its finer down feathers. I thought the wind was blowing the feathers forward but as I photographed the duck it raised and lowered the feathers at will as it preened.
Australian Wood Duck, Elster Creek, Victoria
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Walking today with Ron, a fellow photographer, along one of the main roads near my place, I saw a low object speeding down the bike lane on the road. Something about it did not look right but at the time we were talking about the local chimney designs (as you do)…the object sped past and noticed that we were watching and laughing, so he did a big u-turn, waved us on to take photos and sped off again down the road…
Groovy Scooter, Elwood, Victoria
Off into the sunset…
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On a day trip with a few birder friends, we explored Eynesbury Forest in the western plains about half an hour from Melbourne. Eynesbury is a growing commuter suburb established in a rural setting with a 288 hectare Grey Box Forest. It has a good variety of birds and animals and has an open under-story with good foliage for the smaller birds. I have always enjoyed walking in the area. On this particular trip we found large groups of cockatoos and parrots. I found the group below feeding on salt bush seeds. Later we explored the old colonial homestead grounds and found the barbed wire Emu.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoos feeding on seeds, Eynesbury Forest
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eynesbury Forest, Victoria
Barbed Wire Emu, Eynesbury Homestead, Victoria, 20 Feb 2016
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Over a few days I watched a new mural being created in AC DC Lane. Multi-story high man with a large tree branch. There has been a lot of construction work within the area of ACDC Lane and Duckboard Place. It makes a nice change to have something new and interesting to look at rather than construction vehicles and piles of excavation mess.
A new mural in ACDC Lane, Melbourne CBD
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There is a tiny shoulder-width laneway between Little Bourke St in China Town and Lonsdale St. It actually has a doorway within the wall that leads into a small courtyard at the back of the shops on Lonsdale St. The lane opens onto Corrs Lane that has several Japanese and Chinese restaurants including the very good Shanghai Street Dumplings Restaurant where you can watch the ladies making the fresh dumplings through the street window. The shops on the Lonsdale St side all used to be Greek cafes, cake shops and restaurants. Several good ones remain. This narrow portal can take you from China to Greece….
Laneway between Lonsdale St and Corrs Lane, Melbourne CBD
Sometimes, on a walk around town at lunchtime, I stop at the State Library steps and watch the chess players. Usually I just watch and figure out the strategies and what the next move might be. But in carrying my camera it becomes about angles, lighting and composition…
Chess at the State Library, Melbourne CBD
Another lunchtime walk around Melbourne last week, enjoying the sun, the people and the architecture.
Burke and Wills memorial, Melbourne CBD
Smokers in Presgrave Place, Melbourne CBD
Buskers and tourists, Bourke St Mall, Melbourne CBD
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