Posts Tagged ‘Sydney

09
Oct
13

Turtles Plus

‘Twas a public holiday on Monday and I hightailed it to Sydney Park. I haven’t been there much lately and I wanted to see how things were going, there. It was the middle of the day, so not the best light for photography, but anyhow I took my camera. And I’m glad that I did.

I hadn’t been down the little gully for some time, either; and because I’ve had wonderful bird and reptile experiences there in the past, I hoped to again. But any noticeable animal life seemed absent.

There was, however, a plant with enormous leaves which had grown very large in the time I’d not visited. It looked like some alien spawn amidst the conifers.

Big Leaves 1

Big Leaves 2

That is my hand there for comparison.

After walking around the plant for a while, I headed down to the wetlands.

Which weren’t looking all that wet, actually. It hasn’t rained much for a while and the catchments above the two ponds are being upgraded, so they are empty. The ponds have much less water than they’ve had for a while.

This has attracted unusual visitors, though. For one, a Black-winged Stilt which loves to poke around in sand and mud to look for food.

Black Winged Stilt

A Black-fronted Dotterel which feeds similarly. I have seen these before when the water was low; they are such timid creatures I could never get close enough to photograph them. Even this one was a mere dot, really, but my current camera has a longer zoom. In fact, all these birds would’ve escaped my camera without it.

Black-fronted Dotterall

And these two, which I believe to be Latham’s Snipes. It took a little bit of searching on Google images to find these. It was also hard to make them out as they blended in so well with their background.

Latham's Snipes 1

Latham's Snipes 2

But by far the best thing was the discovery that Eastern Long-necked Turtles lived in these ponds. They feed off of the small fish that also live there. I had never seen them before, but with the drop in water levels they were more exposed.

Eastern Long-necked Turtles

Eastern Long-necked Turtle 2

Eastern Long-necked Turtle 1

Two of them wanted to cross the small hill between the ponds to better water.

Eastern Long-necked Turtle 4

The first one I just guarded from dogs as it went its way. The second one (above) was more timid and I carried it across before letting it go. They headed for the viewing platform, particularly to the delight of a small girl and her baby brother.

Something of this may be seen on a video that I put together of the day.

I knew that the ponds would be drier than they have been, and I expected to see little of anything. So the day turned out rather well for me. The turtles especially were a joy, though after carrying one across…you know they’re rather smelly.

04
Sep
13

A couple of RB features.

Well I’ve not been photographing much for a while. I put up some older pics on Red Bubble though, and these two were featured:

shadows light Sydney

 

Late Afternoon Photography

 

leaves pine cones

 

Nestled

 

I also added these two other pics:

shiny buildings

 

Hope

 

rainy bridge road

 

Softness.

 

Actually went out last weekend taking a few photos not too far away in Sydney City. So I will be putting up what I like at a hopefully not too later date.

31
Mar
13

Ibis in Detail

Whilst I was fruitlessly trying to photograph flying dragonflies, this Ibis landed on the railing, quite close to me. I like that you can see such good detail in its head and beak. They always look as old as time.

Ibis in Detail

26
Sep
12

New Critters in the Menagerie

I’ve also added a couple of new photos to the animals collection on the website.

kookaburras Australian birds

Here’s looking at you.

The Kookaburra is the largest species of Kingfisher, and aside from fish it eats snakes, lizards, baby birds, and shared lunches. They’re fascinating birds.

turtles, reptiles, animals,

Riches.

This turtle was at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Many people have cast their wishes into this pond. My wish is that we see the natural world as the greatest richness, rather than money.

Click on the photos to see them larger.

26
Sep
12

New Black and White photos on SFP

I’ve added a couple of new Black and White shots to the website.
I’ve been rather slack of late, I will admit it, though I’ve had reasons to be distracted.
Still, here’s a couple:

fish fountain black and white

Herald of the Apocolypse

Well, it seemed like a good title, and it is nearly the end of the world isn’t it 😀 But I think that the title suits this fishy fountain shot, somehow.

bark trees cracks black and white

Bark Textures

I don’t think I need to explain this title. The patterns form a mesmerizing dreamscape – I can follow those lines for ages!

18
Sep
12

Sydney Observatory



Sydney Observatory, originally uploaded by smallfox2.

I once looked at the moon through this telescope, the original Sydney Observatory. It was a cloudy night, but then the clouds parted and we could see the craters and other features. It is best viewed when half full, when the shadows can highlight the features.

15
Sep
12

Twin towers of empire



Twin towers of empire, originally uploaded by smallfox2.

Whatever you think of empires or the British Empire, they certainly go to interesting places.
This is in Sydney, Australia.
Empires do appallingly exploitative things, yet they also bring the world closer together at the same time and allow for the exchange of thoughts, ideas, cultures.




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