Saturday, April 26, 2014

South East QLD Coastal Journey: Burleigh Beach

As I look through my beach images to do this series, I am realising that I don't have a lot of day time images of the beaches I will be posting about.We live about 45 mins north of the closest ocean beach and we often drive down to capture sunsets. We usually arrive mid morning or around lunch time, but it seems I spend much of that time stalking birds; Seagulls, Terns, Oystercatchers, Ospreys & similar.

I must rectify the lack of daytime images soon. I have also discovered that I haven't explored some beaches... Both on my to do list now! The beaches north of Currumbin are wonderful beaches and deserve to be shared. Until we head back south to the Gold Coast, I will continue to share what I have.

Beaches north of Currumbin still to be revisited & photographed are:

Palm Beach
Tallebudgerah Beach
Tallebudgerah Creek Beach
Sandy Cove & Echo Beach

Next is Burleigh Heads and North Burleigh Beach.

Burleigh Heads beach consists of a fantastic rocky headland which is home to a number of  birds; Silver Gulls, Crested Terns, Common Terns, Sooty Oystercatchers & Eastern Reef Egrets. The rocks are also a great spot to sit and enjoy the sun, explore the rock pools & watch the locals surf.

Looking from Burleigh Heads beach towards Surfer's Paradise city...

Looking south from the rocky headland on North Burleigh Beach... the headland in the distance is Burleigh Heads.

Up above on North Burleigh lookout, there are "love locks" scattered along the wire railings.

Looking north from the lookout along Miami Beach with the sky scrapers of Surfer's Paradise in the distance...

And looking south along North Burleigh beach all the way to Burleigh Heads

North Burleigh lookout is a great spot to enjoy both sunrise and sunset (this is sunset), and the spectacular views!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday: Laughing Kookaburra

I absolutely love Kingfishers and the Laughing Kookaburra is Australia's largest Kingfisher.

We recently visited Cedar Creek Falls in Mount Tamborine, QLD and met this beautiful guy who was extremely tame, posing for ages on a fence pole and also in the tree.

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Golden Hour Sunrise

I love shooting at Golden Hour. The light is wonderful. Because I'm not a morning person, I usually shoot before sunset rather than around and after sunrise. I have shot 3 sunrises now and I must say, it's incredible to witness.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter. Remember the reason for this holiday weekend.  ✝ = ❤️

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday: Collared Kingfisher

A few weeks ago, Michael & I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow birder up at Beachmere, near Bribie Island. There were plenty of birds to see in the wetlands BUT, my favorite part was photographing some of the birds out on the tidal flats.

We came across this Collared Kingfisher (a lifer for me) which was relatively happy to pose as we edged closer and closer. Testing out my new 70-200mm L IS even more, and also familiarising myself with shooting with my monopod.


I think he dropped something!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

South East QLD Coastal Journey: Currumbin Beach & Currumbin Alley

Following on from my previous post, the next beaches north of Kirra Beach are Bilinga Beach & Tugun Beach. Sadly, I have no images of these beaches except in stormy weather. I really must take another trip or two down to the Gold Coast to catch up on the beaches I am missing!

Next after these beaches are Currumbin Beach and Currumbin Alley.

Currumbin Beach is the stretch between Elephant Rock (southern end, which has a great lookout on top) and Currumbin Rock (northern end).

From the top of Elephant Rock, there are great views in all directions. Below the rock is Currumbin Surf Lifesaving Club.
The rocks below Elephant Rock are also a popular fishing spot.

Looking north from Elephant Rock Lookout, you can see Currumbin Rock with the city skyline of Surfers Paradise. This particular day was a bit stormy...

Looking towards Currumbin Rock on a much finer day... When the wind is just right, this spot is a haven for kite surfers.

Looking back from Currumbin Rock towards Currumbin Surf  Lifesaving club and Elephant Rock

Such a beautiful day...

Looking through the rocks at Currumbin Rock towards Surfers Paradise city skyline.

Currumbin Alley is a surf break off Currumbin Rock. The Alley is one of the more famous breaks on the Gold Coast. Waves wrap around the point and towards the creek. It is exposed to perfect beginners conditions towards the creek and some fantastic right-handers towards the point.

Popular also for the recent craze; Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

City to surf...

Currumbin Alley marks the mouth of Currumbin Creek and provides the perfect angle to look west across the beach for stunning reflective sunsets.

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