Photography Challenge - Dragonflies

"We choose to take photos of dragonflies in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard".

Bwahaha, well ok, maybe it isn't that hard :p

I do like just sitting and watching them though, they have such random movements.  They are capable of hovering though and that makes it a little easier. Still a lot of luck required to get a good pic though!

Even when they're hovering it's a case of spray and pray!

It wasn't until I looked at the pictures above on a computer did I see it was eating something...That would explain why it sat on the rock for a while!

One of the reasons I love wildlife photography is you just never know what you'll see!

It is super exciting to head out into the bush and then see a bird you've never seen in the wild before or get a better picture of a bird you have seen before. 

This weekend I went to one of my favourite cafes (Cafe on the Dam) and had pancakes. That's not photography related but I just really like pancakes :D

There are soooo many friendly birds at the dam (including a non friendly Kookaburra that will steal food right off your plate!!) Most of them are pretty good around people and will let you get close enough to take heaps of pics. Some of them will look cranky though, like the guy below hehe.

Wren not looking very happy about being photographed :p

After breakfast I went for a drive to Roley Pools to practice some dragonfly shots. As I was walking towards the small pool where they gather I saw a bird land on a branch. Due to its position I could only see its silhouette and my first thought was that it was a Kookaburra, since I could hear heaps of them in the area. Once I walked around further and the bird stepped into the sun I saw that it was actually a Sacred Kingfisher!!! (They essentially look like a small colourful Kookaburra). This is the first one I've ever seen in the wild!!!

Sacred Kingfisher looking rather beautiful

Motorbike Road Trip To Esperance!

So after realising Australia Day was on a Thursday, I put a leave form in for the Friday so I could have an extraaaa long weekend. Then the week before I thought I should probably go away somewhere and have a mini holiday!

I had previously wanted to go to Esperance but I wasn't feeling too great and only made it to Hyden and stayed there instead hahah (Did get some good astro shots against Wave Rock though)

This time I booked accommodation and an eco tour in advance, so I couldn't wuss out! To make it harder I also decided to ride my motorbike down instead of driving...because it seemed like a good idea at the time...

Thursday 26th January

My day started with breakfast at Souljah Cafe and Wellness Centre in Roleystone. Awesome coffee and a delicious roast vege toastie...nom nom nom!

Next stop Brookton, Pingelly, Wickepin, Lake Grace, Newdegate, Lake King, Ravensthorpe, Esperance. (722km ~8 hours). The journey was quite uneventful, albeit sooooo hot. I stopped at every opportunity so I could throw water over myself and have a drink.

Quite knackered after that long ass ride I basically got to the room, had a shower and crashed for a bit. I started feeling a little peckish but was too lazy to go out for dinner...sadly there was no menulog ahah...all the restaurants I called weren't opened...the chocolates in the minibar were looking very tempting at this point...Subway was open though, woot!

After dinner I had planned on going down to the jetty for some sunset photos...but I fell asleep instead and didn't get up until the next morning lol

Friday 27th January

I booked an eco tour to Woody Island to see what the wildlife and landscape photography was like on the island. The boat was due to leave at 0830 so I found a place near the jetty to have breakfast. Ollies had rave reviews on Google and I wasn't disappointed! 

We all filed into the boat pretty early so we had some time to look for some seals on the surrounding islands! This seal pup was just too cute!!

Few minutes later we arrived on Woody Island and there was chocolate cake! Perfect thing just before a long walk around one of the hiking trails! There was heaps to see around the island, some highlights below.

Unfortunately it wasn't the clearest day for landscape photos :(

They say all good things must come to an end, so we all trundled back onto the boat and sat down. Apparently because the wind had picked up it was going to be a bumpy ride...they weren't wrong LOL. That's why the boat needed 900hp! 

Had a pretty chill night, grabbed some dinner and then went to the beach for some sunset pics. Not the best day for it though, I will need to go back :D

Saturday 28th January 2017

The beaches around Esperance are amazing!!!! I can't believe how many there are and so close to town!!! (Also FYI, Pink Lake...IS NOT PINK...such disappoint)

Sunday 29th January 2017

Pretty boring day this one, just had to make my way home...did not count on there being a cyclone off the coast however...see the vid below for a peak at what most of my ride home looked like...Luckily though, the rain stopped and I was dry by the time I reached home.

Esperance trip all done and dusted but I've planned a trip to Geraldton in a couple months and hope to get around to all the sights up there and do it all again! (Except maybe for the rain/cyclone)

Wildlife Photography - "You can take a picture of a exotic animal or a common animal doing something interesting" - Tony Northrup

One of my favourite YouTube Photography channels is Tony and Chelsea Northrup's. They have awesome tutorials, reviews and they also sell great books! 

I was watching their video where they were reviewing wildlife photos and one tip stuck in my mind, Tony said "You can take a picture of a exotic animal or a common animal doing something interesting".  Click here to watch. 

So with this in mind, here's a picture of some breakdancing seagulls! LOL

Why you should always carry your camera with you!

I was standing outside my work and heard a bird, I look over and it's a Peregrine Falcon and the sun was in the right spot too!!! All that time spent planning birding shoots and then trekking out to bird hides and all I needed to do was go to work!

Falcon.jpg

Mind the picture, I had to take a picture of the back of my camera as Canon was really late to the wireless party...