There wasn’t anything worth photographing from limeburners point so I decided to go past the bat colony at Eastern Park. I’m still very keen to experiment with black and white photographs of bats but today, I was content to lie down using my backpack as a pillow and just get close ups of the bats. The lighting was a bit off but I did get some interesting close up shots. Sethy and I ended up watching them later in the week. Yesterday, Glenn and I went down to the beach to try and replicate these shots before we got caught in the rain. Keen to spend more time here myself, especially in the summer months.
Geelong And Surrounds
Carolyn and I went here after we went to Serendip. My initial impression was that ‘oh, this is like Balyang but on a slightly larger scale.’ Then we turned around and saw just how huge the place was.
My initial comments were because the first two birds I was greeted with was this heron and darter.
Then I saw the cape barron geese – and more goslings! – and thought “oh, we aren’t along the Barwon anymore.
I haven’t really explored areas around Lara. I haven’t had the time, nor the knowledge. Carolyn and I walked around here and she showed me where the birds like to hang out at different times of the year.
She is so knowledgeable and taught me so much. It may be worth coming back at a later time but, for now, it isn’t that high of a priority. If you live between Corio and Werribee, this can be an interesting place to drop into. You’ll probably get similar species to what you’d find in other locations in the area. It’s great for getting close photos of Geese. I was also intrigued by the proximity to Hovells creek, something I’m keen to walk along again.
It appears that I took a trip to Serendip Sanctuary on the 22nd of March this year… and then forgot to post about it. The first half of this year was crazy hectic so that’s understandable.
Primarily posting so you can see how Serendip changes at different times of the year. I can’t provide any commentary because I have no recollection of going. It seems like March is an awesome time to visit to see babies, so I definitely need to visit a lot over the coming months. Also: the magpie geese numbers have apparently gone MAD.
I’m not sure when the spoonbills like hanging out either, but I know that will be a priority over the summer.
These photos are from a 30 minute photography session at Eastern Park. I wasn’t able to learn much about their behaviour other then that they remind me very much like hummingbirds. They are secretive and incredible hard to photograph.
I did make an effort to photograph them at high speed but failed. Apparently the Canon 600d doesn’t allow you to do more then 1/250 shutter speed when the flash is raised. I’m stumped at how I can get high speed photographs without the images being too dark.
This session was worth it for the learning. Their behaviour reminded me of hummingbirds, so I’m also interested in researching other Aussie birds with similar behaviour.
Last night, Sethy and I (and pa) went on a cadets trip to the You Yangs. The weather was meant to turn, and it started at 7, so there was a very low turnout. By low, it meant it was just as and the cadets leader!
This was fine by me, as it meant Sethy could have a chance to learn. He was pretty scared of foxes and possible wolves, which is consistent behaviour. He gets like that at the bush block. But, he actually went for the bushwalk and saw a lot of animals along the way.
The primary animals were possums and kangaroos. It took a while before we saw any possums, most of which were brushtail. We saw two soggy ringtail possums towards the end.
We did see a number of grey kangaroos, which I quickly learned were diurnal. There were rabbits skuttling along. We learned that there are goats on the other side of the you yangs!
In terms of birds, we didn’t see any owls or nightjars. We did see two birds near the entrance. They were white/light grey in colour, thin tail and were the size of a honeyeater or cuckoo shrike. Neither of us had the equipment to get a closer look.
We did find a number of spiders and learned that they respond to UV light. A couple of birds of prey use that type of light to detect mice wee and zone in on it.
Would love to do more spotlighting with Sethy as he’s a little nerd. Also keen to get him to the Werribee treatment plant as I’ve just hit 200 birds and he really needs to catch up 😉