Australian Cormorant

Australian Cormorant
Water fowl Australian Cormorant

Saw this Australian Cormorant a few days ago its the closest I have ever managed to get to one. Captured at 70mm! Its quite a large bird and an ancient species not too far removed from the first birds that developed feathers after the dinosaurs It swims fast underwater for a few minutes at a time to catch fish then sits on rocks to dry out. Its a cold hard way to get a meal at this time of year. The light was fading fast when I photographed it and am a bit surprized how well two of the half dozen frames I managed to get of turned out. Image stabilisation is great but this one was pushing the limits a bit a constantly moving head of a black bird against dark water at dusk! ƒ3.2 1/60th at ISO 640

Taswater night cleanup…

A cleanup at night by TaswaterA week or so ago Tas networks trimmed the trees with a very large cherry picker which they parked on the nature strip. The ground there was always a bit spongy and the cherry picker left its mark. Today water started to pool on the surface and so I thought it best that Taswater should be informed, seems a pipe had been fractured…

A gull in the gorge

A gull in the gorge

Watching birds is always an interesting pastime but watching  flying gulls and their antics from above adds another dimension!

Native-grass?

Native-grass? Or is it an exotic weed?

Native-grass? Or is it an exotic weed? This little plant sprung into life after the recent flood in the gorge. It looks a little bit like South African weed that is wide spread in W.A. Any ideas anyone?