Hang Gliders and a Falcon Soaring over Coastal Cliffs; Apollo Bay Ocean Swimmers

Humans have long dreamed of flying like a bird. That dream became a reality in the 1960s with the advent of hang gliding. These photos of two hang gliding friends soaring over coastal cliffs and the shoreline of the Southern Ocean were taken last weekend at a location 240kms south-west of Melbourne Victoria. These photos … Continue reading Hang Gliders and a Falcon Soaring over Coastal Cliffs; Apollo Bay Ocean Swimmers

Moonlight, Dawn Waves and an Australasian Gannet

Bass Strait and Apollo Bay lit up by a near-full moon. Golden light from a waning gibbous moon, 97% full, over Apollo Bay and Bass Strait. Moonset over Apollo Bay The moon about to set behind a ridgeline just west of Apollo Bay. I have said many times that serendipity fuels my photography. These moon … Continue reading Moonlight, Dawn Waves and an Australasian Gannet

Black Kite and Australasian Gannet on the Wing, Solid Swell on the Reef at Apollo Bay and a Cray Boat

The black kite is a smaller raptor than the wedge-tailed eagle, but it has the flying ability, strength, beak, talons and eyesight required to make it a bold and efficient predator. It is a species found in abundance throughout Australia. Soaring over paddocks between Apollo Bay and Marengo. Note the slightly forked flat tail. The … Continue reading Black Kite and Australasian Gannet on the Wing, Solid Swell on the Reef at Apollo Bay and a Cray Boat

Motorbike Ride in the Otways Rainforest, Black Kites and Winter Ocean Swell

BMW R1200 GS motorbike ride through cool temperate rainforest in the Otway Ranges Afternoon sun in the Otways State Forest. The temperature in the hills didn't get above single figures. These coastal hills get a lot of rain. The cold clear air smelt deliciously of rich damp soil and the abundance of temperate rainforest vegetation. … Continue reading Motorbike Ride in the Otways Rainforest, Black Kites and Winter Ocean Swell

Wedge-tailed Eagles

The entirely apt scientific name of the wedge-tailed eagle is aquila audax: respectively, these Latin words mean eagle, and bold and daring. A grand official name befitting this magnificent bird. The spangled drongo (a less spectacular Australian native bird), can only wish for such a title. The wedge-tail is the largest raptor in Australia, and … Continue reading Wedge-tailed Eagles