Saturday, January 13, 2024

Laratinga Wetlands

This morning I went to Laratinga Wetlands in Mount Barker to catch up with a couple of friends, and also to try out the Canon RF1.4 Extender.  The extender worked well with my RF 100-400 mm lens.  The auto focus was slightly slower, and the focus a little softer, both of which are to be expected.

Here are some of the shots I took.  Pacific Black Duck and Grey Teal are both common here

There was also a couple of very confiding Australian Spotted Crakes.   I took plenty of photos of them along with some video.

Monday, January 8, 2024

Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary

This morning i paid a visit to Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, in the Adelaide Hills near Stirling.  This is a small privately run sanctuary with a mix of captive and wild animals and birds on site.

I was one of the first through the gate and was "mugged" by the Emus as I entered the enclosure LOL!

There were plenty of Kangaroos, mostly very chilled and not bothered by visitors

They have three dingoes on site.  This is Cletus 

The only birds I got photos of were the Rainbow Lorikeets.

A nice place to spend a couple of hours.

Monday, November 27, 2023

Cleland Wildlife Park

I volunteer one day a week at Cleland Wildlife Park, and today was the volunteers AGM and Christmas Barbeque.  After business (and lunch) was over I took a stroll around the park with my camera.

This Red Kangaroo didn't seem too impressed having his photo taken, but the Koala was pretty chilled. (Aren't they always?) 

I went to the newly refurbished woodland aviary and got photos of a cute Zebra Finch, a Banded Lapwing and its week old chick, a beautiful Princess Parrot, and a Bar-shouldered Dove taking in the sunshine.

My next stop was going to be the forest aviary, and on the way I passed through the Emu and Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby enclosures, and almost tripped over a Southern Brown Bandicoot.

In the aviary I saw Australian King Parrot, Musk Lorikeet and Buff-banded Rail.

On the way back to the car, I heard, then saw a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, and got a close up of one of the Tasmanian Devils.


Saturday, November 11, 2023

Special visitors to Adelaide Airport

Today saw a couple of special planes visit Adelaide Airport.  There was quite a crowd of plane-spotters at the local park. 

First was an Antonov An-124 Cargo plane UR-82029 of Ukrainian Antonov Airlines.  We don't see these very often in Adelaide.

This was followed by an Airbus A321 NEO of UK based luxury travel company TCS World Travel. This aircraft is fitted out to carry only 64 passengers - no legroom issue here!

Monday, October 9, 2023

Jamestown Airshow 2023

Sunday was the Jamestown Airshow.  A 2 1/2 hour plus drive north through the Clare Valley, it was an early start.  There is always a good variety of flying displays with planes old and new.

Amongst the more modern aircraft here were a Gazelle helicopter VH-OIX, a DG-01000S Glider VH-ZDG and a flypast of an RAAF P-8A Poseidon A 47-012 from RAAF Edinburgh.

The Republic SeaBee VH-UUM is always good to see, as is the SIAI Marchetti S-211 VH-CBL, but an inverted Beech 18 (VH-FID) was not something I expected to see!  

Aerotech Air Tractor VH-OUN put on a good display of water bombing, still wearing the markings from its recent trip to Europe where it had been deployed for for the norther hemisphere fire fighting season.

Jamestown is known for its warbird displays and this year was no exception with TBM Avenger VH-MML, T-28 Trojan VH-FNO, Boeing Stearman VH-USE and P-51 Mustang VH-LUI all putting on great displays.

Of course, an airshow wouldn't be an airshow without some aerobatics. First up was Paul Bennett in his Wolf Pitts VH-PVB, followed by Glenn Graham in the Edge 540 VH-PBU.  Later in the show they went up together for some formation aerobatics.

Speaking of formation aerobatics, the SA based Silver Sharks in their RV6s and RV7s put on a great show, as did James Hart in his Pitts S1 VH-XEY

A great show as always, and well worth the early start and the almost 400 Km (240 miles) driven in the day.