Birding

Something a little different today from my usual. Whilst I don't chase birds specifically, I'm always happy to grab a few images when they are there to be seen. The first one here is from Friday on the north side of Lake Wenduree at the culvert that runs underneath the road between the North Garden Wetlands and the Lake itself. I've noticed a couple of these white faced herons in the last few days and was happy to get one to pose so well for me.
The second one is from the beginning of last week when I came across a very unusual sight in the Fairyland area. Whilst no expert  I had a feeling this was an unusual sight ... a family of Magpie Geese with 12 new ones tagging along - check out those brown heads! I think one of the unusual apsects is the fact there were 3 adults. I've been past this spot a number of times since and they are no where to be seen.

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When all Looks Lost.....

On the way out to Lake Burrumbeet on Thursday morning it was grey and overcast ....  however it's amazing how often you reap the rewards when you are prepared to get yourself out there amongst the landscape. Once there I could detect a slight sliver of colour on the horizon and it didn't take too long for the sky to put on a welcome colourful show at my favourite spot on the west side of the lake.

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Wednesday Wonder

There was a very intense burst of colour on Wednesday morning out west of Ballarat at Leigh Creek. These 2 images were taken along the road that leads down to Kryal Castle where I spotted a some bales sitting on the horizon, and then the view to the south west away from the rising sun, though not quite as colourful, was far more dramatic.

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The Drama Unfolds

Totally different conditions on Tuesday at Mt Warrenheip after the soft and subtle views from the previous morning. A fantastic blanket of clouds over the mountain was offering some dramatic views as the towers on top were trying to force themselves through the thick, fast moving scene. This is a couple of my favourites...the 2nd one here shows what happens when you are shooting directly into the sun with some amazing lens flare and rainbow colours from the elements in the lens.

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Softly Softly

Some lovely soft, misty conditions on Mt Warrennheip on Monday morning. Nothing too dramatic about these, just calm and soothing.


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Sunday Sunrise

Quite a nice sunrise on Sunday morning out at the north west corner of Lake Burrumbeet. By getting up high in the first one I was really able to open up the view across Callender Bay. In the second image I got down low just over the dam that sits in front of the lake view.... from this view point the reflection of the sky works really well.

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Rotten Luck

On Saturday morning I had to chase the fog far to the south of Ballarat and ended up past Lal Lal on the way out to the old Iron Mine. I turned up the strangely named "Rotten Lane" and quickly spotted the first image here. I had to move really quick and as you can see the bird is just about to take off...I only managed the one frame and he (or she) was gone. Very unusual to see a bird like this (I think it's an egret) perched like this as I couldn't see any dams close by that usually attracts the water birds.
Further up the lane I found the foggy tree and a couple of kangas, whilst back close to Lal Lal there was pretty nice view looking down the road.



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Definitely Worthwhile!

On Friday morning before sunrise the sky was dark and overcast, so I didn't head out for the sunrise. However, whilst I was having breakfast a bit later I noticed the clouds had started to break up and by going out the front where I can get a glimpse of the top of Mt Warrenheip, I had an inkling it might be worthwhile to see what I could find. I'm glad I did!

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Dean and Clarke

On the way out to Dean Reservoir on Thursday morning the sky was looking pretty clear. Luckily the clouds and colour in these first 2 images developed before my eyes and with the addition of this family of swans I was able to capture some nice images.
On the way back to Ballarat through the Clarkes Hill area I caught another couple of images - some great layering in the last one.



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Keep Your Opens Open.......

Wednesday morning was looking a bit dull at Lake Wendouree here in Ballarat. However if you search around you can always find something worthwhile and eventually the sky did put on a bit of a show over Mt Warrenheip. Before that happened I caught a couple of cormorants sitting in this group of trees on one of the small islands on the west side of the lake. The swirling sky in the background added some great drama. And then whilst keeping a watchful eye on the swallows, I grabbed only the one image as they took off for their ritual swarming fly by.


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Lake Learmonth Wonder

A fantastic morning on Tuesday at Lake Learmonth where the foggy conditions gave me plenty to work with. My favourite is the first one here that shows the massive fog bank slowly floating across the lake and in the distance you can see the carpet of fog sitting over the landscape
And the birds at the lake also put on quite a show ......







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What a Difference a Day Makes.........

Monday morning out at Lake Learmonth was grey and moody........
This morning was a totally different story with some great foggy conditions. The second image here is looking across the lake to almost the same spot as where I was the previous day...quite amazing, isn't it?!
A lot more to come from this morning, too.........

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Morning Has Broken

Some nice atmospherics from the side of Mt Buninyong on Sunday morning. I've been here many times and it always offers something nice. A bank of low lying fog shielded the sunrise and when it did break free the light and colour was intense. 


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Saturday Storm

On Saturday morning I was out west of Ballarat and soon realised I had to chase the clouds down to Cardigan South to get them into just the right position for the sunrise. Some great texture in the skies really added to the drama and was a bit of a forerunner for some stormy weather later in the day that produced a nice rainbow on the north side of Lake Wendouree. In the last tree image here can you see the birds right at the top of the tree?




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From This......to This

On Friday I couldn't resist another visit to Lake Wendouree to capture the rowers in their early morning training. I was in a different location with totally different conditions from the previous morning....the patterns out on the lake are quite amazing when seen from up high.
You can't quite see it in these 2 pics, but further to the right from up high I could see some fog building out east of Ballarat, and very soon after leaving the lake, this is what I found out at Mt Warrenheip.



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Rowing Reflections

A fantastic sunrise on Thursday really lit up the sky and I was in a great place to capture it. I've recently posted some images of the rowing at Lake Wendouree here in Ballarat as the school crew's prepare for the new rowing season. I've been waiting for a nice calm morning to get up above the action and I don't think I could have got a better morning.
The first image shows the High School and Grammar boat sheds just as the first crews are heading out onto the lake. The early blue tones of the morning quickly changed as the sun was rising into some great pinks and purples  - my favourites are the last 2 here with the sky reflected in the lakes surface.





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Birding

Something a little different today from my usual. Whilst I don't chase birds specifically, I'm always happy to grab a few images whe...