Category Archives: Wildlife

SOME CHANGES TO MY GEAR

Due to age and infirmity, I can no longer carry my big heavy cameras, so am moving to the Fuji X system, the mirror less camera.  I chose Fuji because I liked the feel of it and the layout, and I got my first one at half price from a FB contact.

So I now have the Fuji X-T1 and X-M1, with Fujinon XF 18-55 mm, XC 16-50 and 50-230mm, and a Samyang 12mm f2 for astrophotography and wide landscape shots.

It’s been a steep learning curve but I’m pretty happy with the gear so far.

A few shots from a peregrination round the Derwent Valley with a friend, taking in the Salmon Ponds at Plenty and the Text Kiln complex at Bushy Park.

All with Fuji X-T1 and X-M1, with Fujinon XF 18-55 mm unless stated.

Platypus at the Salmon Poinds at Plenty, Tasmania.  There are 3 that I know of there, and they are totally unafraid.  Our first viewing of this young one, we could have touched it, we were so close.
Platypus at the Salmon Poinds at Plenty, Tasmania. There are 3 that I know of there, and they are totally unafraid. Our first viewing of this young one, we could have touched it, we were so close.
Poised on the piece of wood round the pond, scratching his ear!
Poised on the piece of wood round the pond, scratching his ear!
Hopping over for a swim
Hopping over for a swim
Off he goes!  I like that you can see his flippers/feet going like crazy under the water
Off he goes! I like that you can see his flippers/feet going like crazy under the water
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch #2
Popped out onto the bank for another scratch #2
Swimming about
Swimming about

 

We then went off through the beautiful Derwent Valley to Bushy park, down the 10 acre lane to the Text Kiln complex, one of my favourite places in all Tasmania.  There are platypus here too, but they are shyer than the Salmon Ponds ones.  My friend Karen caught a quick glimpse of one rootling about in the reeds but it disappeared after that.  There is a lot more growth in the water and it is easy for them to remain unseen.

The old bakery at the complex
The old bakery at the complex
The Text Kiln (end on)
The Text Kiln (end on)
Another of the many kilns/oast hoses at the site, reflected in the trout pond
Another of the many kilns/oast hoses at the site, reflected in the trout pond
Backlit trees by the pond
Backlit trees by the pond

Then we came home via the Lyell Hwy, stopping for sunset at my favourite lookout on the Gordon River Rd at Macquarie Fields.  This shot with X-M1 and Samyang 12mm f2

Bushy Park and the road to Mt Field and Lake Pedder & Strathgordon
Bushy Park and the road to Mt Field and Lake Pedder & Strathgordon

 

 

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Another whale of a time!

Today we saw 6 or 7 glorious breaches and this was the best your fearless photographer could do. I just kept being in the wrong spot in the boat. One of those days. But I had a thoroughly enjoyable (if frustrating) time and got a plethora of lovely whale tail shots.

But firstly, while waiting at the dock a pair of ospreys flew to the mast of a boat moored nearby, a nice little bonus!  The first one on got the good perch and the other bird had a frustrating time trying to balance and eventually flew off, in disgust, I imagine!

This whale was breaching right by Cook Island, just off Fingal.

 

The next shots are of a whale who seemed to be having (ahem) a whale of a time.  He tail slapped so vigourously and at least 20 or 25 times – just over, and over, and over again.  I have about 30 shots.

 

 

Nicki, the whale expert on board – she is a marine biologist who has studied humpbacks all over the world – assured us this next view showed he is a male.  I’ll take her word for it!

 

We left this guy then and saw a few more, with one excellent shot resulting.

I do have some more for editing but these are the outstanding ones.

 

A Sunday of Surf and Seagulls

I collected a friend and we toodled down to Duranbah to check out see the big swell which had been forecast.  It turned out to be not so big and was producing disorganised waves, but we were there, we’d lugged our big lenses down, so we grabbed some shots anyway!  All the surf shots are with the canon 40D (to give more ‘reach) and Sigma 150-500 – at 500 for all images.

I liked this one, I was shooting for the 2 figures but the pointy end of the 3rd board sort of gives it an endless line feel, if you know what I mean.

And I shot a couple of runs (up to 15 shots – see them on my website) of this fellow due to the fact that (a) we got talking to his dad who was videoing him, and (b) he was easy to pick out because his wettie was a bit ‘different’ with white at the top and down one arm.  I do wish there were more light coloured wetties – it would make the job of exposure much easier!

And those seagulls?  It came over showery so we went for a bit of a drive south to Hastings Point – where we purchased lunch at the great take away by the caravan park and drove out to the point and threw chips to the seagulls.  All seagull shots with 40D & canon 50mm f1.8.

This is actually two seagulls, I was a bit stumped at first by this apparently strangely formed seagull until I realised!

I call thius one ‘The Birds’ in a nod to AH!

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) & Mt Warning

I have been doing some re-editing of the whale and dolphin oics from my August 2009 whake watching trip. Best viewed large

One from my first whale trip last year (23/08/2009) aboard Coolangatta Whale Watch/Aquatic Blue charters whale watching boat. I’ve been out with these folk 6 times now and they run a great trip and get just as excited themselves as the newbies on each trip.

I was trying the whole day to get one with Mt Warning in the background, and it was not until I got home that I saw I’d actually done it about 15 minutes into the trip after all!

Canon EOS30D & 24-105 lens – 230809 _MG_0687

Dolphin Magic #3

Dolphin Magic #3 , originally uploaded by Photography by Odille.

I have been doing some re-editing of the whale and dolphin oics from my August 2009 whake watching trip. Best viewed large

While on the whale watching trip (23/08/2009) we had some dolphins (2010, photographybyodille, landscape, nsw, australia) surfing the bow wave. I was leaning right over the rail to get these. They were just magnificent.

They rolled on their sides and would look up at us through the water. Everyone was totally entranced!

Canon 30D & 24-105 lens – 29082010 PY7Z9706

Green Tree Snake, Dendrelaphis punctulata

Spotted this fellow, about 2m of him, in the garden bed at the front door on Dec 29, the second of our 3 relatively rain free days after weeks of sodden grey weather.

He was a very beautiful fellow who had obviously not long shed his skin. I’m pleased with the detail here, you can see he has even picked up a cat hair (with 6 cats they are everywhere!) and it is stuck to the back of his head!

Since the rain cleared for a few days we have seen pink & blue tongue lizards, eastern brown snakes, this chap and some coastal carpet pythons (they live in our roof). However, the grey set in again yesterday so they’ll be quiet again for a while I think.

Lumix FZ35- P1060393

Whale watching fun

I have been out twice this week with the whale watch folk.  On Monday we saw a cow and calf and then had double breaching (quite rare) and the pair doing it played by the boat for about half an hour.  All these were shot with the H2 and 210 lens – it is quite handful in a rocking boat, I can tell you.  Yesterday’s 1.5m swell was very testing!
Then yesterday I went off for another whale watching trip yesterday with a friend from FLickr, (again withaquaticbluecharters.com.au/), and we had 5 whales come in so close to the boat my lens was too long! They went under us several times, it was just fantastic to see these huge creatures – bigger than the boat – carefully coming up next to us. I’m not sure who was watching who!  I hadn’t seen spy hopping before, they were definitely as curious about us as we were about them. I suspect we may be their entertainment.
And, best thrill of all, we could hear their whale song/talk from the boat, they were that close to the surface and the boat.  It was just magical!
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