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

Six Days on Thistle Island, South Australia

Thistle Island is a wild, remote and pristine island off the southern tip of the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. It took only a short time to consider our answer to an invitation to spend five or six days on Thistle Island to help a friend celebrate his birthday. So a short time later, Lizzie … Continue reading Six Days on Thistle Island, South Australia

Flinders Ranges and the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Sheringa beach sand dunes Eyre Peninsula

Kanyaka Station Ruins on Kanyaka Creek In the South Flinders Ranges about 25 kms south west of Hawker in late 1851, Hugh Proby, the well-educated and wealthy young son of an Irish Earl secured land for a cattle run. He was the first to take up and stock Kanyaka station. Proby had arrived in Australia … Continue reading Flinders Ranges and the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia