Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 114 - Birds at Blakeney Point

Blakeney Point is a National Nature Reserve on the north Norfolk coast - the area has a rich wildlife and is particularly important for breeding terns and other seabirds.  As we were on a tour - not my favoured means of doing anything really - I never made it to have a good look at the tern colony.  Although I did get some decent, if distant views from the boat.

While I was sitting on the beach, this oystercatcher and chick came running along towards me.  This species is Haematopus ostralegus and it looks very similar to the Pied Oystercatcher from Australia.

One day I may find out if much more the geography separates them.

Just next to the path - but protected by a rope fence was an Oystercatchers nest - complete with its camouflaged eggs,

Just as we waiting for the return boat this Meadow Pipit  appeared - just in time for a few quick images and then we were off.

Now its over to you - click on the link and off you go.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Boats at Blakeney Point

One of the things we did on the North Norfolk coast was go on a boat trip to see the seals at Blakeney Point (the seals will come later!).

Predictably, I took some other images as well.

For those of you with a few extra minutes to spare you can read about this part of my UK trip here.  I am not convinced that the last boat is an olympic class vessel!

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

Sunday, 14 September 2014


During a walk in a local park I found this texture on a large dead tree, long blown over.

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

Friday, 12 September 2014

The Clearing Storm

In the middle of the week we had some  heavy thunder storms in Melbourne.  Like most thunder storms these were short lived and local. Some locations had a bit of flash flooding - but luckily not us.

As the storm clouds passed through and the sky cleared behind them, the setting Sun appeared was able to shine under the clouds that were still overhead.  This wonderful low angle light shone directly onto a new multi-story building that is being built near to where I live.  It would be reasonable to say that it looked pretty good, even if the exposure was a bit of a nightmare.

After a while I turned around and notice the the sun was catching on the still wet tram tracks that were heading almost directly into the sunset - so I photographed that as well.

And a funny part of this whole tale is that I only saw this light because I was taking the bins out!  A quick dash for the camera followed - and these are the results.

That last image was really hard - the Sun was basically taking up a position at the end of the street, and the rest was in shadow because the street runs down hill into the picture.  I tried a lot of exposures! 

You can find more skies at Sky Watch Friday