Tag Archives: Great Ocean Road

Point Addis Scrubwren

While photographing the Rufous Bristlebird at Point Addis recently, a White Browed Scrubwren decided it was safe enough to feed alongside the Bristlebird. It foraged amongst the leaf litter hunting for small invertebrates. These small birds usually are very timid and are more often heard scolding trespassers than actually being seen. The adult birds have very distinctive brows that always seem to make them look angry…

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria,

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road.

White browed Scrubwren, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria,

Turning over leaf litter and small pieces of bark to find invertebrates…

The Rufous Bristlebird of Point Addis

There are two species of Bristlebirds found in Victoria – the Rufous and the Eastern. The Rufous can be seen along the Great Ocean Road from Anglesea to the border, while the Eastern Bristlebird is found in only a few areas of far eastern Victoria. I have attempted to photograph these species 6 times in the last few years and while I was successful the first time I tried for the Eastern I have not had much success with the Rufous. I have glimpsed it a few times at various locations but I have not got a good look at it or managed to even get close to taking a decent image. It is a shy, ground feeding bird that hides for much of the day. The photographs below were taken on my last trip to Point Addis. I finally worked out where they can be easily photographed and scored a few nice images.

Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

A furtive bird with some interesting colours and feather patterns

Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

The Bristlebird hunted along the ground and allowed us to get quite close – as long as we stayed low as well. 

Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

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Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

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Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

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Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

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Rufous Bristlebird, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, Victoria

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Striated Thornbills of the Iron Bark Track

Near the turn off from the main highway (also called the Great Ocean Road) along the Point Addis Road is a small carpark and the start to a wonderful short walk around a mixed growth forest. At the moment the tall Iron Bark trees are flowering and while there may not be a huge number of species there are very good numbers of a few forest species. Walking around the forest track we came across the usual birds like Red Wattlebirds, Eastern Yellow Robins, New Holland Honeyeaters and Rainbow Lorikeets and a few rarer birds like the Gang Gang Cockatoo and Varied Sitella. While trying to find a Painted Button Quail that we could hear calling we became immersed in a small feeding flock of Striated Thornbills. Their cousins the Brown Thornbill are quite common in most forests and even in my own street in suburbia but striated seem to be a bit rarer and difficult to photograph – they are always on the go, hunting for insects and chasing each other. It is a real treat to find (usually by their calls) and photograph these tiny 10 cm birds.

Striated Thornbill, Point Addis Iron Bark Track, Victoria

Striated Thornbill, Point Addis Iron Bark Track, Victoria

Striated Thornbill, Point Addis Iron Bark Track, Victoria

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Striated Thornbill, Point Addis Iron Bark Track, Victoria

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The Surfers at Point Addis

Surfer, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Surfer, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

While looking for albatross and whales off Point Addis (near Bells Beach) along the Great Ocean Road, we watched the surfers riding waves close to the Pt Addis cliffs. This is the first time I have tried human action shots – the techniques for shooting small fast birds seems to work on slower moving targets as well…

We admired the riders, good skills, lightweight wetsuits and freezing water in Winter…

A few good rides by the blue board rider…

Surfer, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Surfer, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Surfer, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Surfer, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Surfer, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Surfer, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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and a few wipeouts by the others…

Wipeout, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Wipeout, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Wipeout, Point Addis, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Rock Art of The Great Ocean Road

On the way to Apollo Bay I stopped off at a beach for a break from the drive south and to look at the hundreds of cairns that various visitors have built on the beach. Some of the cairns were very well built and others were surprisingly delicate. One was very impressive, balancing on small edges. I spent some time photographing it and on the way back to the car I met the artist and his girlfriend laughing at my interest  in his beach sculpture.

Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

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Cairn Beach, Great Ocean Road, Victoria

A well made, well balanced cairn, with the artist appropriately unbalanced…