Monday, 10 June 2013

A view from the hill

This weekend is the official start of the snow season in Australia - and as you can see the weather was typically appalling.  Monday is also a public holiday - in honour of the Queens Birthday no less.  So we headed off to Flinders on the Mornington Peninsular.  This is a local area we have not explored much, we have tended to spend more time on the other side of the bay.

The weather was great, we saw whales on two different occasions - they we rather  along way of shore and we also saw albatross.  For some reason the general public seemed more interested in the whales than the albatross!  Although I did try to point them out to a few people.

Flinders =

The wide-angle image is of the pier at Flinders and the whale and albatross are the best I could manage given that these wonderful animals were a long way away!

Southern Right Whale (?)

Shy Albatross (?)
 You can find more images from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

Enjoy the pictures.

23 comments:

Timur said...

Wow...Holiday Feelings :))))

thewovenspoke said...

I'd like to see either. Summer jus!t started here, it has been in the triple didgits for a week

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Stewart Lovely to see whale adn Albatross at sea. I once did a Pelagic trip from Woolingong and they brought Albatrosses on board to ring them etc. wonderful experience.MArgaret

Gail Dixon (La.Belle) said...

That wide angle shot is superb!

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful shots Stewart.
Great to see the tail of the whale.
Regards, Irma

ladyfi said...

Wish our winters - or even our summers - were like this. Just lovely!

TexWisGirl said...

awesome views!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh WOW...now that's a view I could look at all day long.

Andrea said...

Your wide angle looks like a postcard ... beautiful. Should use it on your Christmas cards.

I am so envious that you saw whales. Do you know what kind they were? I once went on a boat tour to see the Orca in Washington, but there were none to be seen. Then in the paper the next day they had pictures of them. It seems we didn't see them because they were in the Bay right where we were staying ... Argh! And the Albatross are wonderful and endangered at this point. They are being killed by the garbage (plastics mostly) that we wonderful humans dump in our oceans. I would have shared your awe over them, had I been there. Great post, Stewart.

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Whales and albatrosses...could winter be any more cruel ;>)...(that top picture looks like the kind of winter I want to have always...no snow for me thank you very much.)

Sylvia K said...

Superb captures for the day, Stewart!! Hope you have a great week!!

Fun60 said...

I would love to see an albatross.

DIMI said...

Beautiful shots Stewart!!I have'nt see Whales in our area!!Lucky you!!!
Have a lovely week!!
Dimi..

eileeninmd said...

Sounds like an awesome time, Stewart! Whale watching and birding, both would make me happy. Great sighting and photos.

pattisjarrett said...

Nice captures, Stewart!

Kusum Sanu said...

That is so much blue! Lovely!

amanda | wildly simple said...

I've been on whale watching excursions off of Hawaii, and watched & watched along our northwest / Pacific Coast during prime migrating season.. but I've never seen a whale!
The albatross is cool, too. :)

Jill Harrison said...

yep - looks like the snow season!
Have a great week.

Michaela said...

And what a view!

Gary said...

Great view!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Mama Zen said...

Cool!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Wish I were there.

Pat Tillett said...

Very nice! I remember the first time an albatross flew close to me. I was amazing at how huge the wing span was. I don't think he moved a wing for at least a minute or so.