Avoca, Tasmania

I have just returned from a quick trip to Tasmania. My wife and I stayed at a very nice hotel in Launceston and this was to be our base for our short visit to this part of Australia.

Undeterred by the rain, and accompanying dark grey conditions, we set off for our drive with the Bay of Fires our destination.

Our first stop was a little village about 80 kilometres from Launceston named Avoca situated on the banks of the South Esk River. Avoca has a rich history and still has some of its historic buildings.

St Thomas Anglican Church

St Thomas Anglican Church circa 1842

St Thomas Anglican Church

St Thomas Anglican Church circa 1842

In the above photo, I was fortunate that the sun made an appearance through the grey.

The Old School House

The Old School circa 1840

The Old School House

The Old School circa 1840

The old Avoca School was the first Catholic school in the Fingal Valley.

Parish Hall

Parish Hall circa 1850

Parish Hall

Parish Hall circa 1850

Now used as the Post Office, the Parish Hall was originally built as a storeroom for the local hotel. It was later sold, then donated to the Anglican Church.

Union Hotel

Union Hotel circa 1842

Union Hotel

Union Hotel circa 1842

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​Winter Solstice

Today, it is the Winter Solstice here in Australia. Depending on where one lives, there will be approximately nine and a half hours of daylight, making this the shortest day of the year.

Last year, I spent the Winter Solstice in Queensland, and the following photos were taken at Woodgate Beach where I was staying.

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach at dawn

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach

Sunrise at Woodgate Beach

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Memories

On this day last year, my wife and I were on our return trip home from spending some winter days in warmer climes. We arrived at Woodgate Beach in time for the sunset.

Woodgate Beach

Woodgate Beach Sunset

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Flowers

It was Oscar-Claude Monet who said, “I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

Gladiolus

Gladiolus

Iceberg Rose

Iceberg Rose

Rhododendron

Rhododendron

Campanula

Campanula

Iceberg Rose

Iceberg Rose

Monet also said, “The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.”

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Jawbone Reserve – 2

Continuing my walk along the Bay Trail, there was no shortage of water birds on display.

 

Dusky Moorhen

Dusky Moorhen,
(Gallinula tenebrosa)

The Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) was nestled down in the grass and hiding in the shadows.

 

 

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Chestnut Teal,
(Anas castanea)

The Chestnut Teals (Anas castanea) were all inactive and enjoying some quiet time.

 

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Pacific Black Duck,
(Anas superciliosa)

 

Black Swan

Black Swan,
(Cygnus atratus)

This Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) swam up to me. I suspect it associates people with food and does not have any fear of humans.

Black Swan

Black Swan,
(Cygnus atratus)

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant,
(Microcarbo melanoleucos)

This Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) flew by and I had no time for composing the picture, it was a quick snap and hope for the best. A little way down the path I found it settled on a rock, however as you can see in the picture below, it did contemplate moving on as I approached. Once I had the photo I wanted I continued on and it relaxed.

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant,
(Microcarbo melanoleucos)

As I continued my walk a Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) flew by however the photo I got of it in flight was blurred. However, I did manage a shot of it landing.

Yellow-billed Spoonbill

Yellow-billed Spoonbill,
(Platalea flavipes)

Jawbone Reserve

Jawbone Reserve

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Eastern Great Egret

A couple of days ago, I was standing on the southern shore of Lake Colac, when an Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) flew by to land just in front of me. Suddenly it changed its mind and flew off.

The following photograph is my favourite, and the outstanding one from the burst I snapped.

 

Eastern Great Egret

Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta)

 

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Jawbone Reserve

Last Friday, I was able to visit the Jawbone Conservation Park. Weatherwise, I could not have picked a better day. After a week of dull grey skies, Friday was the complete opposite – bright blue sky and warm autumn sun.

I entered from the carpark at the intersection of Maddox and Kororoit Roads and headed east along the Bay Trail.

 

Paisley - Challis Wetlands Stormwater Drain

Paisley – Challis Wetlands Stormwater Drain – iPhone image.

 

 

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A pair of Black-winged Stilts (Himantopus himantopus) were feeding in one of the wetland ponds.

 

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A distant shot of one of the Black-winged Stilts,
(Himantopus himantopus) feeding in a wetland pond.

 

Australasian Darter

A male Australasian Darter,
(Anhinga novaehollandiae)

 

Royal Spoonbill

A Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) – Preening under the watchful eyes of the Australian White Ibis.

 

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A female Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) and a Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

Further down the trail, a Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos) was busy diving for his dinner.

 

Little Pied Cormorant

Little Pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)

There are too many photos I wish to share so I will save them for future posts.

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