Saturday, 7 June 2014

A Long Weekend in SW Victoria: Part 1. Cape Nelson

My wife and I headed for Cape Bridgewater for a relaxing long weekend away from the holiday hustle and bustle of home.

On the way we stopped at Cape Nelson lighthouse to check out the seabirds but before we even got to the lookout, this New Holland Honeyeater landed on a bush right next to the track.

New Holland Honeyeater, Cape Nelson
We managed to find Black-browed Albatross and Shy Albatross but they were a long way out to sea.

Black-browed Albatross, Cape Nelson
Shy Albatross, Cape Nelson
Shy Albatross, Cape Nelson

However, there was very little else other than the usual Silver Gulls and Australasian Gannets and even these were not close enough to shore to photograph.

The stop was made worthwhile by the repeated flyover of a Peregrine Falcon as it flew out to sea on four occasions over a period of about half an hour. I've seen Peregrines hunting around sea cliffs before but never seen them travelling so far out to sea. It was particularly difficult to photograph with a pale grey sky and low light but a bit of magic in Lightroom allowed the bird to be recognisable.

Peregrine Falcon, Cape Nelson

The rest of the weekend:
Part 2. Sunrise at Bridgewater Bay
Part 3. Lower Glenelg National Park
Part 4. Shore Birds

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