Monday, February 27, 2017

What's Your Favourite View?

Views of Brisbane... What's your favourite??


Views from Mount Coot-tha...

Views from Kangaroo Point Cliffs...

View from Kangaroo Point Riverwalk...


View from Southbank Boardwalk...

View from Kangaroo Point Cliffs...

View from Kangaroo Point Riverwalk...

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Blue-faced Honeyeater

The Blue-faced Honeyeater is a large black, white and golden olive-green honeyeater with striking blue skin around the yellow to white eye. The crown, face and neck are black, with a narrow white band across the back of the neck. The upperparts and wings are a golden olive green, and the underparts are white, with a grey-black throat and upper breast. The blue facial skin is two-toned, with the lower half a brilliant cobalt blue.

Juvenile birds are similar to the adults but the facial skin is yellow-green and the bib is a lighter grey. This honeyeater is noisy and gregarious, and is usually seen in pairs or small flocks. It is known as the Banana-bird in tropical areas, for its habit of feeding on banana fruit and flowers.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Remnants of a Bygone Era

I have previously posted about The Briars, a beautiful rural property, only a short walk from my parents house, steeped in local history, flora and fauna. This beautiful old homestead, is situated at Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula on 230 hectares.

The first glimpse, and one of my favourite aspects, of this location's history is this fabulous old tractor, set halfway up the hill, alongside the main driveway into the property.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Grey Butcherbird

The adult Grey Butcherbird has a black crown and face and a grey back, with a thin white collar. The wings are grey, with large areas of white and the underparts are white. The grey and black bill is large, with a small hook at the tip of the upper bill. The eye is dark brown and the legs and feet are dark grey. Both sexes are similar in plumage, but the females are slightly smaller than the males.

Young Grey Butcherbirds resemble adults, but have black areas replaced with olive-brown and a buff wash on the white areas. The bill is completely dark grey and often lacks an obvious hook.

Grey Butcherbirds are aggressive predators. They prey on small animals, including birds, lizards and insects, as well as some fruits and seeds.
However, this little guy sure doesn't seem to fit the aggressive reputation. He visits my yard most days and comes right up to me.
My family call me "The Bird Whisperer".

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Monday, February 13, 2017

OCEAN THERAPY: Refresh, Relax & Restore.

Going through my photography archives, I am always drawn to my images of the beach.
Wherever there is soft sand, salt water, crashing waves and sea air, that is where I love to be!
For me, the beach is a place of physical and mental therapy; the salt water on my skin, the clean sea air in my lungs, the rhythmic sounds of the ocean and the sea birds.

The plethora of sensory stimuli as I sit near, walk along, swim in, watch and listen to the ocean, fills me with a sense of calm and clarity.

No matter where I am along the stunning Australian coastline, the result is always the same; I come away feeling refreshed, relaxed and restored both physically and mentally.

I can't think of a place I would rather be.

Where is the place you are most drawn to??

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

London Bridge Beach, Portsea, VIC

The London Bridge area is the most northern beach in the Mornington Peninsula National Park and borders Point Nepean National Park.
A lookout, only a short walk from the car park at the end of London Bridge Road, provides stunning views of London Bridge, the beach and the rock platforms below. Views east towards Portsea and north-west towards Point Nepean National Park.

Beach access is via a steep ramp.

Low tide provides the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shoreline.

A large rock platform provides for great snorkeling and exploring the rock pools at low tide.

This famous landform is composed of sandstone and has been formed through weathering action of thousands of years of wind, rain and waves. Exploring the hollowed out rock formation at low tide is enjoyed by many visitors to this popular location.

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