Friday 21 December 2012

Cockatoo Christmas Angel

With warmest wishes for the festive season and beyond.
Thank you for joining us on our photographic journey.

Saturday 10 November 2012

Eastern Brown Snake

Our first snake visitor of the season, a 1.5m adult Eastern Brown that was passing through our back yard. He didn't stay long, more scared of us than we were of him.

Saturday 13 October 2012

The light at the end of tunnel...


The Cheviot Station, just 3.4 miles (5.5km) west of the tunnel, was built to load sawn timber harvested from the Murrindindi Forest, some 14 miles (23km) away, and transported to the station by horse-drawn wagons. Cheviot Station opened with the rail line in 1889.

The first 3’ (0.9m) gauge timber tramway opened in 1901 and led to a terminus some 5 miles (8km) from the Station. It was extended to the Station in 1905. A second tramline commenced operation in 1925. Both tramways stopped operation in 1937 when the horse-drawn wagons were replaced by trucks.

Two six-ton derrick cranes were installed at the station yards in the 1920’s to handle the large volume of timber transported. Foran (1889-1890), Vinning (1892-1906), Wightman (1893-1901), and McKenzie (1899-1901) were the major milling companies that operated in the early years. The timber industry around Yea peaked between 1907 -1915 just as the Great War saw many men enlist. This was followed by another boom period between 1923 – 1930 before the Depression caused production to reduce greatly and demand for timber fell.


Friday 12 October 2012

Thursday 11 October 2012

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Beautiful in pink...

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Wednesday 26 September 2012

Australian Brushtail Possum + Joey, Gipsy Point VIC

It was dark with only a small amount of light coming from the kitchen, but the light level was so low that I had to take these at ISO 1600, f3.2 and shutter speed of 1.3 seconds. I had to hand-hold the camera as the possum kept moving.

The joey (baby) came out of the pouch for the first time the night before we came home and was very wary. It did not like the light so I had to do the best I could with almost no light. We gave mum pear and apple to get her to sit still but her mouth was always on the move, so with such slow shutter speed it was impossible to get a crisp focus.

The second photo shows mum with that huge joey in the pouch, with just his back showing. How does he fit?

Tuesday 25 September 2012

Monday 24 September 2012

Friday 20 July 2012

White-browed Scrubwren

Thursday 19 July 2012

Bath Time for a Superb Fairy-wren and a Red-browed Finch

Not perfect shots but too cute not to share.

Monday 25 June 2012

Friday 6 April 2012

Easter Surprise

The cockatoos were going ape around a tree near the dam, which they tend to do when there is a koala nearby. Goodness knows why – koalas pose no threat or competition to cockatoos. These shots aren’t particularly good as the koala was high in the tree and I didn’t have the tripod to keep the telephoto lens as steady as I would have liked. So I was lying flat on my back to try to get more stability with the lens at full zoom.

Friday 23 March 2012

Thursday 22 March 2012

Red-browed Finch

Wednesday 21 March 2012

Tuesday 20 March 2012

Monday 20 February 2012

Purple-winged Mantis (Tenodera Australasiae)

Also known as an Australian Mantid. For more information, click here.

Sunday 12 February 2012

A bird's nest with style...

We’re not sure what bird this nest belongs to, but obviously one with a designer bent.

Thursday 26 January 2012

Monday 23 January 2012

Eucalypt Resin Nodule

Sunday 8 January 2012

Lake Guy, Bogong Village VIC

The mountains still haven't fully recovered from the 2003 Eastern Victorian alpine bushfires. Fortunately, Bogong Village was spared.