Wyreema and Cambooya

Hodgson Creek, Cambooya, Queensland, Australia

December 23, 2016


 I was delighted to meet photographer Charles Dove on an outing with Michael Atzeni on Friday morning. Mick took the two of us to the Wyreema Wetlands and to Hodgson's Creek at Cambooya for a couple of hours. The light was a bit dull and waterbirds were less abundant than usual at the wetlands but we still enjoyed a collection of beautiful Australian birds. If you look through these pics, don't you think Australia is truly gifted with its parrots? So vivid even in dull conditions.

It was a wonderful little outing outing and I'm very grateful to Mick and Charles for taking me.

I hope you are having a great holiday season.

Wyreema Wetlands, Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

December 23, 2016

Australian Wood Duck with some Grey Teal

Australian Wood Duck

Wyreema Wetlands

Cambooya

Wyreema Wetlands

Little Black Flying Fox
Cambooya

Galah
Cambooya

Australian Hobby

Cambooya



Australian White Ibis

Cambooya

Indian Myna

Wyreema

Pacific Black Duck
Wyreema

Pale-headed Rosella

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Rainbow Lorikeet

Cambooya

Rock Doves 

Cambooya

I assume this is a strange juvenile Pale-headed Rosella
Or it is an Eastern Rosella or Crimson Rosella!!

Maybe, Paradise Parrot?

Wyreema

Australian Wood Duck

Zebra Finch 

(female)

Wyreema

Zebra Finch

(male)

Look Back to Port Melbourne in the 1990s


Australian Hobby

Westgate Park, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1990s


I believe Westgate Park celebrated its 30th birthday today. Congratulations! It really is a wonderful place so near to the Melbourne CBD.

Here are some quick scans of pics from the 90s. Gee, I think my camera gear has come a long way. I have heaps more photos from Port Melbourne but where they are and how much time to scan them is a wonder. 











The Jewel ii

Australian Hobby

Road to Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

September 14, 2014


Back on August 10, I posted a 20 year old photo of an Australian Hobby. I called the post, "The Jewel". It'd been a while since I'd gotten any decent pics of a hobby but I was lucky to get this just a month later when out with Michael Atzeni. Seems fitting I regard it as a jewel as well. 

The Jewel


Australian Hobby

Westgate Park, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

March 1994


This is another old photograph taken at Westgate Park, Port Melbourne in 1994. It was taken with my Pentax K1000 and a Takumar 400mm 5.6 lens with an added Kenko 2x teleconverter and print film.

I bought the Takumar lens at a camera store in Melbourne for $129. It rattled a lot and the front element was loose. Of course it was all manual and the aperture ring didn't work. The photo was taken hand-held and I had to stomp on the ground to get the hobby to look at me.

I visited the park almost everyday and I think the hobby was used to me pointing my camera at it. I saw the same birds there most days.

In his book, "Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of Australia", David Hollands says "If there is a jewel among the Australian hawks it is the hobby". 

There are some remarkable raptors in Australia but I wouldn't argue with Dr Hollands. I love hobbies.


Summer Christmas


Yellow-billed Spoonbill (left and right); Royal Spoonbill (centre)

(There's a small plover bottom left too)

Wyreema Water Treatment Plant, Queensland, Australia

December 22, 2013


Having my first Christmas back home since before the floods and great earthquake of 2011. (I have been back since then but not in summer). Niigata had a maximum of 8 yesterday and I imagine grey skies. Nice and blue here. The sun is strong if you stand under it but in the shade the breeze is cool and dry. Different from the radiant heat of Niigata in summer. The forecast here is for a temperature rise over Christmas however.

On Sunday afternoon I had a nice outing  with Michael Atzeni and Rod Hobson to Wyreema. Many waterbirds about the place and we were looking for avian visitors from the west which would be avoiding the hot dry drought out there. Michael and Rod are highly efficient naturalists and we recorded some exciting records but I was too useless with my camera to get rarities such as Freckled Duck and a possible Black Honeyeater. 

Pink-eared Duck and Plumed Whistling Duck looked so beautiful and unique on ground an in air but even commoners such as Australian White and Straw-necked Ibis were familiar faces that I was so happy to see. I regret now that I didn't spend more time trying to photo a Nankeen Kestrel that was busy going back and forth overhead. 

Had a nice outing the following morning with Kevin Williams and will post some pics in a couple of days. Just two short outings and over six hundred shots taken. 

I hope you are having a nice time this Christmas and I'm looking forward to having more time the next few days to check other blogs. Holidays are a grand time. 


Same spoonbills with an Australian White Ibis (second from the left)

Pink-eared Ducks and Plumed Whistling Ducks






Eastern Grey Kangaroo (above and below)

Looks nice a green east of the draught.

White-necked Heron with blue sky

Straw-necked Ibis

Australian Hobby thumbing a ride roadside