Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 18, 2016

East Gippsland

Filed under: Birds — steve_happ @ 11:58 pm

Omeo to Eden

I came off the Great Alpine Road at Bruthen and joined the Princes Highway at Nowa Nowa. Up the road a bit I stopped at McKenzie River Rainforest Walk where I saw this fungi. It was so dark in the forest, plus it was a really overcast day so the light was atrocious.


There was a really nice camp at Genoa and near the bridge was a colony of Bell Miners.

Bell Miner
Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

The lores of the Bell Miner is olive to yellow with a golden yellow bill. The upper parts are olive-green, tail is brownish olive. There is a bare vermilion patch behind the eye in adults – immature have paler orange. You can see the lerps that they feed on. Thus causing die-back in the trees.

Twofold Bay
Twofold Bay, Eden

Eden for dinner time, then off to Pambula where I stopped at the Panboola wetlands. Not much there except a few Royal Spoonbill.

April 14, 2016

Great Alpine Road

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Wangaratta to Omeo.

The Great Alpine Road goes over the top of the Great Dividing Range in Victoria from Wangaratta to Bairnsdale. At the start, I stayed at Tarawingee at the side of the Ovens River.

ovens river
Ovens River at Tarawingee.

Then it goes up past Porepunkah, Bright and Harrietville where I seen these Gang-gang Cockatoos.

Gang-gang Cockatoo
Gang-gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)

Then the road winds up very steeply past Black Hole at 1330 meters.

Black Hole
Black Hole

The road then gets very steep and scary with it falling away on the side to very steep cliffs. It is very dangerous.

Hobbit at Mount Doom

The road goes over the top of the resort at Mount Hotham. I could not believe it. I was up level with top station on the chair lift. Scary.

Mount Hotham
Heavenly Valley

This is looking down the black run at Heavenly Valley. It is pretty steep. There is some good skiing here.

April 8, 2016

South-west Coast

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Portland and Port Fairy

Point Danger Portland is the only Australasian Gannet colony on the mainland of Australia. The breeding season is from August to March.

Australasian Gannet colony
Gannet Colony

The fledglings can then fly and migrate west and return in 3 or 4 years. Australasian Gannets feed on small sea-fish, diving into a school of fish one after the other like dive bombers.

Australasian Gannet
adult Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Griffith Island, Port Fairy is a breeding place for Short-tailed Shearwaters. Unfortunately they had all left so I was too late. doh!

Crow vs Mutton Bird
Crow eating a Short-tailed Shearwater.

Port Fairy fishing boat
Fishing boat

April 7, 2016

South Australia – Victoria

Filed under: General — steve_happ @ 3:45 am

Port Macdonnell to Cape Bridgewater

Port Macdonnell is primarily a cray fishing port.

Port Macdonnell
Port Macdonnell

I met one of the lobster fisherman repairing his sonar gear and he said they are going alright now. They send most of their crays live to China and they are getting $80 a kilo for them. Good luck to them.

cray boat
Cray fishing boat.

There were lots of Musk Ducks at Nelson on the Glenelg River. I think I saw one of them scoffing down a pipi.

Musk Duck
Musk Duck

I went for a river cruise up the Glenelg River. $30 I paid. Pretty good value I reckon.

Glenelg River
Limestone cliffs on edge of Glenelg River

At Cape Bridgewater I went to see the blowhole which was lame as. meh! The petrified forest was a bit better. One in Cervantes WA is a lot better.

petrified forest
Petrified Forest

Good bunch of wind turbines on the hills here. They work good i reckon.

wind turbine
Wind turbine

There was a good swell running but the beach at Cape Bridgewater was not really handling it very well.

cape bridgewater vic
Cape Bridgewater

April 4, 2016

South-east South Australia

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Kingston to Mount Gambier.

I am still in South Australia heading east towards Victoria. I saw this Echidna come out of the bush at the conservation park at Kingston. I think someone from the house in front had left the bucket of water for the Echidna.

Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

Here is a side-on shot showing the snout.

Short-beaked echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus)

The great Southern Ocean out the back of Beachport with a bit of swell running. It is wild.

Southern Ocean
Southern Ocean

And some limestone cliffs over the sea at Southend.


The Blue Lake crater, at Mount Gambier was formed about 4500 years ago. It was created by explosive eruptions depositing layers of ash. The Lake is flat bottomed with an average depth of 70 meters.

Blue Lake
Blue Lake

April 1, 2016

The Coorong

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — steve_happ @ 2:38 am

South Australia

The Coorong is a long stretch of water from the mouth of the Murray River east towards Victoria.


Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Yellow-plumed Honeyeater

The Coorong
The Coorong.

camp at Coorong
Selfie at Camp on Coorong

Narrung – South Australia

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Lake Alexandrina.

Narrung is at the entrance between two lakes – Lake Alexandrina and Lake Albert. It is near the start of the Coorong and is a very nice place to stop for a while.


Banded Stilt
Banded Stilt

Water Rat
Water Rat

Elegant Parrot
Elegant Parrot

Elegant Parrot
Elegant Parrot

White-fronted Chat
White-fronted Chat

Black-shouldered Kite
Black-shouldered Kite

Narrung Ferry
Narrung Ferry

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