Friday, September 28, 2012

Rottnest Island September 2012

All photos in this post are taken on an iphone during our visit to Rottnest Island - September 2012.

Quokka on Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island

Seagull missing one foot at Rottnest Island.


Quokka on the hop

One of the last Peacocks of Rottnest Island.

Quokka Footprints
Beautiful Wildflowers at Rottnest Island

These are a few iPhone photos from our trip to Rottnest Island, WA in Sept 2012.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bathurst Lighthouse, Rottnest Island

25th September 2012
Bathurst Lighthouse, Rottnest Island, Western Australia.  Built from local limestone in 1900.  The lighthouse was so beautiful with the surrounding landscape - we took plenty of photos. These are a few of our favourites from the visit to this historic landmark in 2012. 

J & B

View from the base of the Bathurst Lighthouse at Rottnest Island

Woodman Point Lighthouse

25th September 2012

Woodman  Point Lighthouse, Woodman Point, Western Australia.

Built in 1902 from local limestone, is 9.8m high.  You can access the base of the Lighthouse from a dirt track up the hill, however the lighthouse is fully surrounded with ugly chainwire fencing, so photographing the whole tower is difficult.

B & J

Australian Shelducks with Ducklings - Rottnest Island, 25th September 2012

These Beautiful Australian Shelducks and their ducklings really need their own post so I can share the many photos we both took of them after spotting them near a lake at Rottnest Island on our day trip their during September 2012. Brendon spotted the ducklings following their parents among the thick low foilage. They were an exciting site.   B & J

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Nankeen Night Heron's & Red Wattle Birds in Fremantle City Centre 24/09/12

We spent some time visiting the beautiful city of Fremantle while on our Western Australia Trip.  On the first day we visited the city, we parked our car under a shady tree in front of The Esplanade Park.  Brendon noticed the Nankeen Night Herons in the tree above our car as soon as he was out of the car.  There were many perched among the very old trees in this beautiful area.  These were the highlight of this little park, along with a Red-Wattle Bird that we also saw.   On returning to our car at the end of the day, if we has not noticed the heron's previously, their location would have been very evident by the "messages" left all over the car!   B & J

Nankeen Night Heron at Esplanade Park, Fremantle

Female Nankeen Night Heron - Fremantle, WA

Red Wattle Bird - Fremantle

The Nankeen Night Heron's parting gift to us :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Ospreys and Caspian Terns at Leeman, Western Australia 23/09/12

Leeman, Western Australia.  We had a short stop at the picturesque seaside town of Leeman while travelling.  The area is really lovely with the old Snag Island Pier still intact (see below) and a pair of Ospreys Perched on a man-made Nesting Pole overlooking the Water.  We saw a Caspian Tern for the first time here, and my how much larger they are than the Crested Terns we had been seeing!  J.G.

Beach Bird List:

Caspian Tern
Crested Tern
Silver Gull
Crested Tern
Pied Cormorants
Osprey - Pair

Old Snag Island Pier, Leeman, Western Australia

Osprey, Leeman, WA 23/09/12

Osprey Pair, Leeman, WA

Sacred Kingfisher at The Leaning Tree, Greenough, 23/09/12

The Leaning Trees can be seen while driving along the highway through the Greenough area on the Western Australian Coastline.  These trees have become horizontal with the ground caused by airborne salt, blown in from the wind from the Indian Ocean.  The trees are a popular tourist attraction and photographic opportunity for visitors to the area.  When we stopped to have a better look at them and read the information, there was a Sacred Kingfisher perched on the twisted trunk of the Leaning Tree.  J & B

Lynton Convict Depot, Port Gregory, W.A. 23/09/12

Lynton Convict Depot is located in the area of Port Gregory, Western Australia.  We stopped by this heritage area on 23rd September 2012 during our travels on the WA Coast. 

The Lynton Convict Depot was established in 1853 to supply labour workers to the Geraldine Lead Mine.  The Depot closed within three years due to the harsh living conditions and transport problems at the time. 

At the time of our visit, parts of the Depot had been restored (new roof on main building) but most had been un-touched, only by the elements.

J & B

Old Goal at Lynton Convict Depot, WA
Willie Wagtail & Nankeen Kestral at Lynton Convict Depot, WA