2016 -Coming to an End

2016 is fast coming to an end. I thought it might be interesting to share with you some photographs I snapped over the course of the year.

There is no rhyme or reason to these images, they are more a pictorial diary of my year.

City Skyline

No1 – The city skyline of Melbourne.

During the school holidays I was called upon to look after two of my grandchildren. I snapped this shot from the waterfront at Williamstown, looking across Hobson”s Bay, while we were talking an evening walk.

Murray Street Bridge

No2 – Barongarook Creek Bridge.

I had seen a 19th century postcard taken from almost the same spot I stood to take this photograph. It was my intention to attempt emulating his work.

The postcard photographer would have been standing in the middle of what is now the Princes Highway. There were two reasons I chose to stand on the footpath to take my shot. The first is the busyness of the highway (the main carriageway in and out of Colac) and the tree to the left of the bridge would have blocked out the old Post Office and the old Shire Hall.

Lake Bullen Merri

No3 – Lake Bullen Merri.

This lake is near Camperdown, a small town near where I live. Though reasonably close to my home, I had not visited the area for sometime.

Sunrise Memorial Square

No4 – Memorial Square.

This Memorial is situated on the main street of Colac, near where I live.

Otway Range

No5 – Otway Ranges

The seaside town of Apollo Bay sits at the foot of the range of mountains simply known as the Otways. Here the houses seemed to be dwarfed by the mountains behind them.

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

Lake Colac

No6,7,8,9 – Lake Colac.

By the autumn of 2016 the lake had almost dried up. No decent rain had fallen for a couple of years and it seemed that Lake Colac would dry up completely for only the second or third time since European occupation.

Lake Colac

No10 – Lake Colac.

However winter and spring gave us some of our wettest months for a long time. And, though far from being full, it, at least, looks like a lake again.

Prince of Wales Hotel

No11 – The old Prince of Wales Inn.

The bridge in the foreground of this photograph was washed away by rushing water after a deluge that lasted all one night and most of the next day.

Storm Front

No12 – Storm Front.

I took this photograph from my front verandah. Just minutes after I clicked the shutter, the heavens opened up and I watched nature at her most fierce. I spent the next few hours in darkness as the electricity failed.

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Sunset at Lake Colac

Lake Colac, situated in the south-west districts of Victoria, Australia, has a surface area of 2,778 hectares, with a circumference of 33 kilometres. It is a shallow lake with an average depth of about 2.5 metres. In 2009, the lake completely dried up for the first time in 173 years. With below average rain during the winter, and very low water levels, the lake is under threat as forecasts tell us we are about to begin a sustained dry period. Scientists have warned us we are about to experience a severe El Nino.

Bird Reserve, Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Bird Reserve, Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

The Gulidjan clan of Indigenous Australians have called home the area around Lake Colac for tens of thousands of year.

Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Rotunda situated on the southern bank of Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Sunset is a good time to visit the lake. It is easy to see why the Gulidjan people have a spiritual connection to Lake Colac.

Sunset at Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

Sunset at Lake Colac, Victoria, Australia

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Crested Terns

The following photographs are of Crested Terns (Thalasseus bergii).

These birds are about 43 – 48 centimetres in length; they have a yellow bill and white body with black on top of the head, and when breeding will have a black crest. Their wings are grey.

Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) gather on the jetty at  Anglesea River in Victoria, Australia.

Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) gather on the jetty at the
Anglesea River in Victoria, Australia.

Crested Terns begin breeding when about two years old. The breeding season in eastern and southern Australia is usually from September to January; clutches consist of two eggs. They are native to Australia and are carnivores. They will be found in coastal bays and inlets, lakes and large rivers.

They were once known as “sea-swallows” because of their forked tails and graceful flight patterns. Their conservation status is considered secure however in Victoria they are “near threatened”.

Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii)

Crested Tern
(Thalasseus bergii)

Terns are related to gulls however have more pointed bills and slender wings. Juvenile birds are distinguishable by their greenish-yellow bill. They are similar to non-breeding adults but their black cap extends like a collar to the throat sides. They will have a black shoulder and their upper parts are variegated; dark grey and white.

Incoming Crested Tern, (Thalasseus bergii) at the Anglesea River.

Incoming Crested Tern,
(Thalasseus bergii) at the Anglesea River.

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Red-rumped Parrot

The following photographs are of  Red-rumped Parrots (Psephotus haematonotus).

They are small birds of about 27 centimetres. Their voice is a two-syllable whistle and Red-rumped Parrots can be heard and seen in open woodlands, Red Gums, grasslands, farms and urban parks. These birds were located in an urban park (Balyang Sanctuary), situated on the bank of the Barwon River in the Victorian city of Geelong.

A male Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) at  Balyang Sanctuary, Geelong.

A male Red-rumped Parrot (Psephotus haematonotus) at
Balyang Sanctuary, Geelong.

A female Red-rumped Parrot, (Psephotus haematonotus) at Balyang Sanctuary.

A female Red-rumped Parrot,
(Psephotus haematonotus) at
Balyang Sanctuary.

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The First of Spring

Spring has arrived in Australia and all the signs are there:

The Welcome Swallows (Hirundo neoxena) are swooping around my house, Dragonflies are seen in the garden, and of course the first Butterfly is fluttering around the spring flowers.

Australian Painted Ladies (Vanessa kershawi) are one of the first butterflies to emerge in spring. Their flight season ranges from August to May.

My first sighting of an Australian Painted Lady this spring.

My first sighting of an Australian Painted Lady this spring.

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On Reflection

The other day I was walking my dogs on the bank of the Barongarook Creek when this Australian Pelican (Pelecanus conspicillatus) landed on the water and begun hunting for food. As it swam towards me I could see the Pelican’s reflection and I immediately wanted to include it in the photograph.

A Pelican and its reflection

A Pelican and its reflection

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Banksia

The Banksia is a native Australian tree or bush. The following three images illustrate perfectly the life of the flower spike which is much sort after as a food source by nectarivorous animals, including birds, bats, rats, possums, stingless bees and a host of invertebrates. The flowers are also of an economic importance to the Australian nursery and flower industry.

These images were taken at the Geelong Botanic Gardens in autumn. The first photograph shows the flower in its perfect state.

The flower spike of a Banksia

The flower spike of a Banksia

The next image shows a flower spike after it has been visited by a nectar seeking bird or other animal.

This flower spike shows distinctive signs of being visited by nectar seeking animals.

This flower spike shows distinctive signs of being visited by nectar seeking animals.

And, finally, a flower spike which has no, or very little, nectar left to share.

A flower spike with no nectar left.

A flower spike with no nectar left.

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