Sunday, July 4, 2021

Whale watching at Christies Beach

Earlier this week, there were reports of a mother and calf Southern Right Whale sighted off Christies Beach in the southern suburbs of Adelaide.   As we hadn't seen any whaled this season, we decided to go and have a look.

The Southern Right Whale, Eubalaena australis, is a Baleen whale, and adults can weigh up to 23,000 Kg. They are migratory, and spend the summer in Antarctica, migrating to the southern coast of Australia in our winter to calve, before returning to the Antarctic in autumn.

Our first view was from a lookout to the south, and after a few minutes we picked up the adult around a kilometre away.  

We were looking into the sun, so after watching it for a while we decided to move closer, and get better light for photography.  There was a large crowd watching them, but everyone was considerate and abiding by social distancing requirements in these strange times we now live in.

The adult was pretty easy to see and was slowly traveling north, regularly surfacing. as it turned away from the beach, you got a better idea of the size of these majestic creatures.

The calf was not so easy to see, always staying close to mum. I did manage a few shots with the calf in view.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Owen Silo Art

Today we took a short trip up to Owen, on the Adelaide Plains, to see their recently completed silo art. The theme is "Wheat bags to sand bags" and is honouring the men who left this area to fight in the First World War.   It also honours the people left behind, who switched from making bags for the farmer's cereal crops to making sand bags for the trenches.

More information can be found here:

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Truro Air Park Fly-In

 This weekend there is a "fly-in" at Truro Air Park in the Murray Mallee.  I popped up on Saturday on what was a chilly, windy and dusty day.

Over 20 aircraft were there, with a mix of old and new, some gliders and a couple of gyrocopters

Amongst the planes were RV6 VH-VEE, Ercoupe 24-5047, Jabiru 19-3774 and the glider tug PA-25 Pawnee VH-HZY

The gliders, from the university gliding club included Schleicher K13 VH-GQC and K8B VH-GAQ

The gyrocopters were Cavalon G-2050 and Eclipse G-5070

Friday, April 16, 2021

Unusual Visitor

 In amongst the plethora of bizjets at Adelaide Airport today was an unusual visitor.  It was an Aero L-39 Albatros, a Czech built fast jet trainer.  Privately owned in Australia, VH-ZPM looked striking in it's bright blue Czech Airforce colour scheme.   It only stayed a couple of hours before heading back to it's base at Essendon

The bizjets included Embraer Phenom VH-UYX, Citation Mustang VH-PWX, Citation Bravo VH-XBP and Learjet 60 VH-OLJ

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Barossa Airshow 2021

 Today was the long awaited return of an airshow to South Australia.  It was at Rowland Flat in the Barossa Valley

There were a variety of aircraft on show including planes, gliders and helicopters

The helicopters included the Police Air Wing Eurocopter EC-130 and a Westland Gazelle

Adelaide Soaring Club displayed their DG-1000S glider, and I scored a lucky photo with the Piper Pawnee tug in the background.

Amongst the many planes flying were an Air Tractor water bomber, the Silver Sharks aerobatic team, a scale replica Spitfire, which later joined up with a CAC Boomerang, the eerily quiet Pipistrelle electric powered plane, the striking CAP-232 aerobatic plane and the elegant 1930's Stinson Reliant

This great day out was enjoyed by the many victors to the show. 

Monday, February 15, 2021

Birdwatching in Robe

 Last weekend we had a short break in Robe.   I took the opportunity to do a little birdwatching.

On Saturday morning i took a short walk through the dunes looking for a Rufous Bristlebird which had been seen here the previous day.  No luck, but as I walked down to West Beach I spotted a small plover feeding on the shoreline.  It was a Hooded Plover, a critically endangered rare breeding bird in SA.  It was unconcerned when I perched on a rock nearby and slowly came closer to give me some of the best photo's I've taken of this species.

I made a couple of trips to Fox Lake which has a very well designed hide.   Fox Lake is well known as a great spot to see the cryptically camouflaged Latham's Snipe. I scanned the mud flats and quickly picked out Red-kneed Dotterel and Black-fronted Dotterel. Both very common shorebirds in SA.  

Scanning again,  I picked out a Latham's Snipe partially hidden in the vegetation, then another, and another until i counted eight birds.  Unfortunately they are not as easy to photograph as a plover on the beach!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Road Trip - Silo art

We took a mini road trip today to look at some of the silo art north of Adelaide

First stop was Farrell Flat, east of Clare in the Mid-north. Completed in November 2020 it depicts the last train to pass through Farrell Flat before the railway line was closed

Our other stop was at Wirrabarra in the Southern Flinders Ranges. Completed in October 2018, this mural depicts the township's involvement with the forestry industry as well as some of the local birdlife, the striking Red-capped Robin.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Waikerie Silo Art

 It's been a while since my last post.   We haven't been out so much with this pandemic.  On Sunday we took a mini road trip to to Waikerie in the Riverland around 200 Km (120 Miles) North East of Adelaide

A few Km off the main road was this small, very plain Lutheran Church at Stonefield

On the way back to the main road we saw two Shinglebacks.  After I took my photo's I ushered them off the road into the safety of the grass verge

We went to Waikerie to view the silo art there.  It depicts some of the wildlife that abounds in the River Murray and surrounds, Including Regent Parrott, Pelicans and a Yabby