Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 138 - Pacific Gulls

If you happen to have posted any pictures of gulls on your blog, it is more than likely that I have mentioned that we don't have many species of gulls in Australia in a comment.

Back in the dim and distant past I used to try to find 'interesting' gulls in the UK - all with a consistent level of failure I must say.  I still scan gull flocks here, but the chance of finding anything other than a Silver Gull (our default 'sea-gull'), a massive looking Pacific Gull or the rather restricted Kelp Gull, are pretty slim.

These are some shots I took of Pacific Gulls that were loafing around on the beach at Walkerville, a small seaside community about 2 1/4 hours SE of Melbourne.

While scale is hard to judge, the size and shape of the beak gives a reasonable indication that this bird is huge. Large males can weigh over 1.5 kg and have a wingspan of almost 170 cm.  The banded birds in these shots were either banded as chicks - or by people with no regard for their own safety!

This bird is in the 'classic' gull genus - Larus - and its specific name 'pacificus' is as misleading as its common name.  In reality this is a bird of the Southern Ocean.

I rather like these birds - especially the juvenile doing a spot of yoga!

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Monday, 2 March 2015

Show us your muscles.

One of the things that I enjoy most about the summer, is that I can get to go snorkelling.  Now, we are not normally talking about coral reefs here - but even the cooler water of SE Australia can be remarkable.

One day I'll get something a little more sophisticated that a waterproof point and shoot - one day!

These shots are taken around Picnic Bay, nr. Coles Bay in Tasmania.

I really like the way the the water surface acts like a mirror - and if the truth be told, I'm never sure out these underwater images will turn out.

I was happily looking at the rock formations - and the muscles - when I happened upon the smooth ray.  This thing is the best part of five or six feet across!  I just pointed and shot!  It was only when I had a look at the picture on the computer that I saw that the ray had some companion fish!  I rather like that!

You can find more images from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Sunday, 1 March 2015


This sign was on the wall of an old tram depot in Launceston, Tasmania that has been turned into museum and gallery.

I rather like the way that the white background of the sign only seems to have survived in the loops of the letters.

You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro.  SM

Thursday, 26 February 2015

With just a hint on a rainbow

It would be honest to say that the weather at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania was not as good as we had hoped for - although it did mean we were justified in lighting a fire in the afternoon each day!

On the morning of our last day there I went back up to Dove Lake to see if there were any pictures to be had.  While the wind was not the coldest I have ever felt, it was the coldest I have felt in years!  In some places it was hard to stand up.

And then, for about two minutes there was sunshine - and this faint rainbow popped out.  I tried like hell to make the rainbow pop as much in the picture as I could - but I was losing touch with my fingers by this - just after I took this shot it started snowing - and remember this is summer!

As with many of my pictures, it looks much bigger larger!

You can find more skies from around the world at Sky Watch Friday.  SM