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

Southern Right Whales at Marengo

The southern right whale was hunted to the edge of extinction in the early nineteenth century. While it is now making a steady comeback, it is still classified as an endangered species. It's always a special event to see a southern right whale at relatively close range. Skip the next five paragraphs and go straight … Continue reading Southern Right Whales at Marengo

Apollo Bay

Storm clouds over ocean at Apollo Bay

I recently retired from a career of 33 years, and Liz and I now call Apollo Bay home. These photos are a few random shots of everyday sights around this town. Winter skies This photo was taken looking south east across Mounts Bay, near Marengo. This bay is immediately south of Apollo Bay. It was … Continue reading Apollo Bay

Victorian West Coast Winter Surfing

Lip throwing out on winter wave

In midwinter on the west coast of Victoria, bitterly cold offshore winds fan curtains of spray off swell lines generated by storms in the deep southern latitudes between Australia and Antarctica. Most of these winter waves go unridden. But occasionally the keen observer will fleetingly spot something black in the water well offshore, appearing and … Continue reading Victorian West Coast Winter Surfing

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