Bad Photo Monday: Rear End of a Chook

Hens behind bars.

The catholic school in Geeveston has a couple of “chooks” and I thought it would be nice to get a photo for my animals and birds collection. This one is a pretty bird but did not look great through the wire fence so I moved closer to make the wire disappear. (David showed me this trick when we used to photograph trains through wire fences and also at the Formula One Grand Prix where you are separated from the cars by safety fencing.)

However, chooky didn’t want her picture taken and showed what she thought of the idea by turning her back on me.

She didn’t want to have her picture taken.

One Word Photo Challenge: Heron


I had not planned to join in this challenge as I did not expect to get the opportunity to photograph herons. However, today I looked out my kitchen window  and saw several members of the plover family who have claimed the land between my garden and the power substation next door. Then I noticed that I had another visitor, one I had never seen in my garden before.

I believe this is a White-faced Heron, one of the most common types of heron found in Australia. Luckily I still had the long lens on the camera so I took a few photos through the window. I didn’t want to go outside because even if I didn’t scare it away Cindy would have wanted to come with me and she certainly would have although she doesn’t really chase birds any more.

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

White-faced Heron

Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge: 2 July 2017

Something Fishy

As Naomi mentioned the two of us had a very nice outing to Hobart on Saturday. We went out with the intention of finding some photos, mainly for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge but of course we were not going to miss any other opportunities that came our way.

I was very amused to see this bird who looked as if he/she was in the queue to buy some fresh fish. I am not sure but I think that it may be a juvenile Pacific Gull.

Why catch fish when you can buy them?


Bad Photo Monday

I didn’t have to work last Friday but I did have to work Saturday and Sunday as well as this morning. Every morning has been dark and cold and that sure gives me a dose of the Monday Blues. To make matters worse the boss was back from her week off. That sure went quick too. ” I want to shoot shoot shoot the whole day down” Well the only fun way to do that is to get out with the camera and use that to shoot the whole day down. Who remember’s The Boomtown Rats” They weren’t really my thing but I always think of that song on Mondays when I have to go to work. Ok so here is my “Bad Photo” for this Monday. I was trying to get a nice picture of some magpies I saw while in Evandale.

Magpie Attempt 1

Walking too fast! He’s not in the centre of the photo.

Magpie Attempt 2

I missed him again. This time he’s walked out of the photo.

Magpie Attempt 3

A different maggie but he’s turned his back on me.

Magpie Attempt 4

I finally got a decent shot. He flew away after this one. The magpies were teasing me like anything.

My Lake Dulverton Walk

I often go for walks around Lake Dulverton near my home in Oatlands. There is a nice long walking trail and plenty to see as you stroll along. I always take my two dogs Toby and Teddy who are of course kept on their leads unless we are in the doggy off the lead zone. The walking trail starts at Oatlands and ends in Parrattah. It’s about an eight kilometre track used by walkers, cyclists and horseback riders. At one end of the lake there is a camping ground and another park called Callington Park. Part of the lake is a consevation area for the birds. There are many to be seen and I have often seen bird watchers by the lake. Years ago before there was a problem with the lake drying up they used to have speed boat racing on the lake. The old boat shed is still there and you can see the old ramps. People still fish at the lake and sometimes they take out row boats. If you wander along the path far enough you can see the ruins of the old mill. (Not the mill in the photo). The track itself was once the railway line from Parrattah to Oatlands. Both railway stations still stand. The Oatlands station is now part of the school. I took a few photos last time I walked around the lake and here they are.