Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: The Power of the Ocean

"The ocean is a mighty harmonist." - William Wordsworth

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Wild Bird Wednesday: White-breasted Woodswallow

Over 2 weeks ago, I had knee surgery. And if that wasn't enough to deal with, I was diagnosed with a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) in my calf on Monday. I am now on a minimum of 3 months anticoagulant treatment.
I was due to have much needed shoulder surgery on the 19th September but due to the DVT, my shoulder surgery has been postponed until I have been given the all clear.

Due to this, I have barely picked up my camera in almost 3 weeks. On Sunday, Michael took me for a drive up to the Sunshine Coast to visit friends. I took my camera, just in case I had to opportunity to photograph something which didn't involve my usual walking on the sand, rocks or similar.

I was rapt when I saw a few birds I'd never come across before on a power line right beside where we parked the car.

These 2 were very affectionate...

The White-breasted Woodswallow is a medium-sized bird with a dark grey head and neck. It has dark blue-grey upperparts, tail and wings, white white underparts and underwings.
They are found in eucalypt forests and woodlands, usually close to water, and in mangroves.

These White-breasted Woodswallows were found on a suburban street, near the beach.

And then there were 3...

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Bribie Island Sunset

I love Bribie Island!
We found a lovely spot for sunset with the Glasshouse Mountains as a backdrop.

There are 1440 minutes in every day... 1440 opportunities to capture a moment of beauty.
What moment of beauty did you capture this week?

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday: Striated Heron

I love it when I go somewhere to photograph landscapes and happen upon some bird lifers. This particular day, I went to my favourite area of Moreton Bay - Wellington Point. While walking along the jetty I saw a bird on the rocks. I attached my zoom lens to my camera and started snapping away!

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

CAPE BYRON, Tweed Coast, NSW

One of my favourite parts of the northern NSW Coast is the Tweed Coast. I love the huge blue seas and the big skies. Cape Byron is the most easterly part of the Australian Mainland. There are stunning views both north & south. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.

On the way up the headland, the view south along Tallow Beach is breathtaking...

Heading up the headland, is a wonderful lighthouse. Cape Byron Lighthouse is an active lighthouse located at Cape Byron, New South Wales, Australia. 

Standing on a bald rocky headland with a precipitous cliff on the east side, and a sheer drop of approximately 100 metres, Cape Byron Lighthouse is the most easterly light in Australia, and one of the most powerful. (Info from

The cape is the most easterly point of the Australian mainland, located about 3 kilometres northeast of the town of Byron Bay.

There is a lovely, well maintained walk all the way down.

Built in the style used by NSW colonial architect, James Barnet, Charles Harding his successor, prepared the plans for the Cape Byron Lighthouse. Due to the elevation of the site, a tall structure was not required. Construction began in 1899 with the levelling of the site by contractors, Mitchell and King. The total cost was £10,042 (pounds) to the contractors, £8,000 for the apparatus and lantern house, and £2,600 for the road from Byron Bay township. (Info from

The tower is constructed from concrete blocks made on the ground, lifted and cemented into position and finally cement rendered inside and out. This technique saved erecting framework. 
The 8 ton optical lens was made by the French company, Societe des Establishment, Henry Lepante, Paris. (Info from

There is even a hang gliding launch area on the headland below the lighthouse.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wild Bird Wednesday: Little Black Cormorant

The Little Black Cormorant is a small, slim, totally black cormorant with a greenish sheen to the back and a slender grey hooked bill. 

In the breeding season, adults have fine white flecks on the head and neck and the green tinge becomes more bronze. This species congregates in larger flocks than other cormorants and flies in V-shaped formations.

The Little Black Cormorant feeds on fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects. It catches prey underwater, by diving and swimming using its large, fully webbed feet for propulsion. As their feathers are not waterproof, cormorants are regularly seen perched with their wings outstretched to dry after fishing.
(info from Birds in Backyards)

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