South Para Reservoir’s Water, Wine and Wildlife
Naturally South Australia
by tabbie2012
2w ago
Dear Reader: There’s a small mob of Western Grey Kangaroos feeding close to the path where I am starting my walk. Leaning against a tree, I steady the camera. The roos detect either sound or scent and bound away into the thicker scrub. Up Up and Away I am taking a walk around the South Para Reservoir near Williamstown about an hour’s drive from Adelaide’s CBD. The road winds through the Adelaide hills and encompasses a range of environments from rural to wilderness. Unfortunately, it is a bit of a grey day. Not brilliant for photography.   South Para Reservoir The track leads dow ..read more
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Snorkelling Under The Port Victoria Jetty
Naturally South Australia
by tabbie2012
1M ago
Dear Reader: I swim under the jetty, dive and steady myself ready to photograph the jumble of complex animals and algae encrusting one of the jetty poles. Marine organism encrusting a jetty pole Port Victoria jetty As I swim to the next pole, I decide to concentrate my photography on the more discrete types of marine animals amongst the colourful clutter. On this pole the most obvious inhabitant is a white colonial sea squirt. Colonial sea squirt The next pole I investigate has a dominant growth of green algae ,called Cualerpa, radiating from its wooden base. I find a Golf Ball Sponge ne ..read more
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Mount Barker’s Laratinga Wetland………Crakes and Warblers
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by tabbie2012
1M ago
Dear Reader: A small bird with vivid spots and dashes paddles out from the reed bed. A Spotted Crake, the first one I have ever seen. Spotted Crake feeding   For the next ten minutes I watch several of the striking birds as they dip into the water in search of aquatic plants and animals such as worms, crustaceans, molluscs, spiders and even small fish and tadpoles. Spotted Crake habitat Leaving the crakes I walk a further hundred metres to another pool before I hear the melodic call of a reed warbler. There are reeds, small bushes and a variety of grasses bordering the water. I can st ..read more
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Wildlife Around Chalk’s Campground
Naturally South Australia
by tabbie2012
2M ago
Dear Reader: With the arrival of summer, grasses turn to gold with remnant shadings of green while pale gums add a subtle contrast to the landscape. As the countryside flashes past on my way to the campground I notice a field of freshly baled hay. A flock of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos forages for any remaining seed heads. Sulphur Crested Cockatoos My destination is Chalk’s Campground, just past the Warren Reservoir on the road between Williamstown and Gumeracha. I am not intending to camp here; however, the interface between human habitation, rural zones and wilderness areas is an excellent ..read more
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Glacier Rock….Good food, Geology and Wildlife
Naturally South Australia
by tabbie2012
3M ago
A pair of New Holland Honeyeaters Dear Reader: There is white water swirling around the boulders in the river and a family of Pacific Black Ducks are huddling to one side where the water is calmer. Perched amongst the branches of an overhanging eucalyptus tree I make out the shape of several New Holland Honeyeaters and hear the distinctive call of Sulphur-crested Cockatoos as they fly overhead. Breakfast at the Tearooms I am sitting on the back decking of the Glacier Rock Tea Rooms  having just devoured a serve of the delicious waffles topped with berries, cream and ice cream; with a ..read more
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Rhino Reserve in Zambia
Naturally South Australia
by tabbie2012
3M ago
Endangered Giants In addition to my love of southern Australia’s unique wildlife I am also drawn to the fascinating habitats and creatures of southern Africa; Botswana and Zambia in particular. Occasionally I will post a brief story about these regions. Dear Reader: White Rhinos are an endangered species and the opportunity to see them in a wild environment is one not to be missed. The rhino reserve outside Livingstone in Zambia offered us the unique experience of trekking through a bushland habitat while our guide explained many things about its plants and animals with a special emphasis on t ..read more
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Aldinga’s Temperance Precinct
Naturally South Australia
by tabbie2012
4M ago
Dear Reader: There is a sizeable group of Short-billed Corellas in the eucalyptus trees flanking the street. They exhibit a range of behaviours ranging from preening each other to nibbling branches and feeding on gum nuts. Some of the cars parked under the trees or nearby have also suffered some paintwork indignities due to the sheer number of birds. Little or Short-beaked Corella Corellas in tree I am enjoying the ambience of the Temperance Precinct. A group of shops, restaurants, a pub, and other organisations situated on Port Road, where it intersects South Road leading into Aldinga. It ..read more
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Aldgate to Stirling…a short walk
Naturally South Australia
by tabbie2012
5M ago
Dear Reader: It is still early Spring and the sun is out and I have often spotted a small copper headed skinks basking in the sun at this time of year. There are several logs on the northern facing aspect of the path and with a little patience and perseverance I manage to find one of the little lizards. Their correct name is the Common Garden Skink or Sun Skink. Common Garden Skink Following up on my previous post, which covered the area around the RSL Hall, on the edge of Aldgate, I am now walking the short path to Stirling. The trail follows the road and creek on one side and is heavily wo ..read more
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Aldgate to Stirling 1……..around the RSL and church
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by tabbie2012
6M ago
Dear Reader: There is a small stream running under the roadway which is overshadowed by tall Eucalyptus trees. I can hear the raucous calls of Galahs, Lorikeets and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos coming from high in the canopy. I swing the Nikon telephoto in a broad arc and eventually locate a lone Galah (Rose-breasted Cockatoo) gripping the trunk of a Stringy Bark Gum. On a grassy area near the playground, which is adjacent to the stream, a male and female Maned Duck are sitting close to each other some distance from the water. Galah (Rose-breasted Cockatoo) Male and female Maned Ducks or Wood ..read more
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Hale Conservation Park
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by tabbie2012
7M ago
Adelaide Rosella Dear Reader: Over the years I have made several major errors as a wildlife photographer. Perhaps the most telling has been the tendency to see a shot at the beginning of a field trip and not take it as I believe there will be a better one later. Not this time! As I climb out of the SUV I notice a pair of Adelaide Rosellas flying into a gum tree about a hundred metres away. I steady my camera against the vehicle and fire off a couple of frames. And yes; they were the only Rosellas I came close to photographing for the rest of the day. Trailhead Typical section of the trail ..read more
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