Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 93 - Welcome Swallows

I spent a few days down near the coast last week - wonderful location, wonderful weather and no phone reception!

As autumn starts to find its feet here, many birds start to move north for the winter (remember I'm in the southern hemisphere!).  Our summer waders are heading to the far, far north and some birds just move north within Australia.

One bird that leaves parts of Australia at this time of year is the Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena). While the "welcome" part of the name is a reference to the birds arrival in the spring, the area where I live never entirely losses its Swallows in the winter.  A few hang around, hawking for what ever they can find.

As a result, I am more likely to notice the swallows leaving than returning.  Most, if not all, of the birds from Tasmania move north for the winter and if you happen to be on the coast of the mainland of Australia at this time of year you can see them gathering in flocks as the arrive and take a break before moving on.

On the last day of our week away we woke to find over 150 or so Welcome Swallows around the house.  An hour later they we all gone.  I have seen this type of behaviour before - and it makes me think about my own migration!

When the birds were not on the wing they rested on a wire fence behind the house - when they sat there I was reminded of musical notes on staves!  I don't know what tune the swallow notes were writing, but they looked great.  As soon as I saw how the fence looked through the viewfinder of the camera I knew that these images would work well in "panorama" format.

These images really do need to be clicked on so you can see a larger version.

Now its your turn - click on the link below and off you go!

Monday, April 21, 2014

A day at the beach!

I think it's hard to sum up a place with one single image - but this is my attempt at summing up my Australia in a single image.

This is a wombat, on the beach, in the sunshine!  I would also point out that this picture was taken in the middle of the school holidays, about three hours from Melbourne!  (Count the people!)

For those who need to know these things, this picture was taken at Squeaky Beach at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

You really should click on the image!

You can find more pictures from around the world at Our World Friday.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Beware of Seahorses?

Found this sign painted on the path in a local park.

I was confused - should I be aware of snakes as the text says, or seahorses as the picture shows?

Who knows?

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

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Obscured by clouds / I see the Moon

I was not a matter of planning that placed me away from the bright city lights for this weeks lunar eclipse - it was just a matter of good luck.  And it was just a matter of bad luck, that for most of the time the Moon was eclipsed, that it was obscured by clouds!  It did peek out a few times and I managed to get a couple of shots - but at no time was the Moon really clear of cloud.

These are the shots from the eclipse.

The Moon rises for the rest of the week were, I have to say, pretty good, if not better than the eclipse.  The Moon would rise, pale and orange and then turn the more traditional silver.

You can find more sky shots at Sky Watch Friday.  

PS: I am now very behind with replies to comments - apologies all round!  SM