Saturday, 18 June 2011

Albatross at Pt Lonsdale

I had the pleasure of being invited to participate in a MELBOCA Photography Group outing today. Primary targets were albatross at Pt Lonsdale lighthouse. Strong S-SW winds overnight did their job and there were lots of Black-browed Albatross and Shy Albatross to see. Unfortunately, they were a long way off shore and the grey skies and intermittent rain meant that there were not many good photographic opportunities but with binoculars and a scope many of the group did get to see their first albatross.

Shy Albatross, Pt Lonsdale

Closer and more photogenic was this Nankeen Kestrel that can frequently be seen on the lighthouse.

Nankeen Kestrel, Pt Lonsdale Lighthouse

We retreated from the rain to Ocean Grove Nature Reserve (see map) for a quick lunch and a walk around the north western part of the reserve. 30 species sighted/heard but not great for photography - mostly small bush birds at a distance - but an enjoyable walk and great to see such diversity in a small area of bushland. A highlight for many were the several pairs of Flame Robins on the adjacent farmland (a fair distance away and shooting though cyclone wire fence in dull light was a challenge but it was good to see these little birds back)

Flame Robin (male), Ocean Grove Nature Reserve

Ironically, for a bird photography trip, the best photo opportunity for the day was presented by this Black Wallaby

Black Wallaby, Ocean Grove Nature Reserve

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