Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 141 - Ruffey Lake Park

Eurasian Coot
Ruffey Lake Park is one of our regular bike ride / walk / photographic destinations.  And this weekend was not exception - on a non-birding front, it was a real delight to find that a small 'tea-caravan' was operating near the spot where we turn around and head back towards the start.

Who can resist a decent cup of tea?  Especially from a real teapot and in fine china!

Sorry, got a bit off topic there - back to the birds this being WBW and all that!

This week I thought I'd do something a little different and put up a selection of birds from one trip, rather tan just concentrate on a single bird.  Gives me a chance to leave the taxonomy books on the shelf for a week!

So, these are some of the birds I saw on my walk in the autumn sunshine.
Eurasian Coot

Female Chestnut Teal
Purple Swamphen

Little Black Cormorant 
Little Black Cormorant
Hoary-headed Grebe
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Monday, 30 March 2015

What a difference a day makes

When we were in Tasmania during January, the weather decided to put on a bit of a show.  There is not much between Tasmania and Antarctica but water and wind - and in the correct proportion those two ancient elements produce a third, rain.  In abundance.

Over one night we had some rather heavy rain - and by coincidence I had taken a picture of this small waterfall the day before.  So, I made a second shot - not exactly from the same place, but close enough.

When you walk on the hills in Tasmania you always need a full set of weatherproof kit - these pictures show you why!

Day 1
Day 2
As ever, these picture look better bigger!

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

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Cactus Leaf Vandalism

There are times when I really just don't get it - and the it in this case was writing your name and (presumably) initials on the leaf of a cactus / succulent plant in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

I don't know if the initials caught my eye, but I found myself feeling rather cross!

Having said that, it does make a rather interesting sort of image.

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

Friday, 27 March 2015

Fly Past

As part of the build up to the Melbourne Grand Prix, there was a low level fly past by the Qantas jet.

I just like the perspective of these images.

I only had a wide angle lens with me - I was planning to take pictures of the worlds largest flower - but in the end the best camera is the one you have with you.

These images do look a lot better bigger!

You can find more sky shots at Sky Watch Friday.  SM