A follow up report on the wildlife, mostly the albino echidna (actually light brown not white) and the Bennett’s Wallaby. Plus the odd wombat, some young masked lapwing and a reptile or two. Report and pictures here.
The Report on the recent Flinders Island visit is posted. Plus the short stopover in Launceston on the way to Flinders. Reports and pictures here.
The howling winds died down today, so The Doc managed a few shots. These photos are all stitched panoramas, usually 2 or images. Locations include Sawyers Bay, Mt Killiecrankie, Castle Rock Point (that rock is massive) and the view from Walkers Lookout across Darling Range towards Mt Strzelecki. Click on each image to see larger version.
A miserable day today, raining and windy, so The Doc explored the Island, locating places to photograph. The 2 lookouts were disappointing, but Cameron’s Inlet, Lady Barron and Strezlecki National Park look promising.
Some wildlife was seen, a small echidna and a few Bennetts Wallabies. Some birds are breeding including swans, plovers and moorhens, all of which had young. The Doc saw 2 Cape Barren Geese in a field and a large number of Pacific Gulls in a field. This does seem to be a stronghold of the Pacific Gull, which mostly breeds off shore on one the 54 islands in the Furneaux Group, Flinders being one of the 54 islands.
The Doc continues to see Green Rosellas, but has not had a chance to get a nice photo as yet.
Back to Whitemark, the first township on the Island, for lunch. It use to be known as White Mark, but when the telegraph arrived and charged by the word, locals began to call it Whitemark.
The clouds are breaking up a little, but the wind remains strong. Whether that helps the sunset remains to be seen. Doing homework to photograph Mt Killecrankie at sunset. Unfortunately the wind gusts were too strong to take photos.
Granite is widespread across the Island and in many places it is covered in lichen, some amazing colours and textures. A small selection.
Early morning flight to Flinders Island. The Doc was picked up at the airport by Michael and Linda from Flinders Island Travel Centre. He spent the day being taken around the Northern half of the Island. Some great locations were visited. To be revisited and photographed over teh next week.
As The Doc writes this report, 6 Green Rosella are feeding outside the window of Emita Cottage.
The Doc is looking foreword to photographing places like the Docks, Killecrankie, Lady Barron and North East River. Wildlife includes Bennett’s Wallabies, Pademelons and Poteroos.
A brief look at North West River.
A pleasant flight from Sydney to Launceston in Tasmania, although it is quite a bit cooler down here.
Bags were dropped off at the Hotel and The Doc walked around the CBD before heading to river or should I say rivers? The Doc jumped on a Cataract Cruise. For the next hour we had a short trip on the South Esk, North Esk and Tamar Rivers, including a trip into Cataract Gorge.
Time to head back to the Hotel, grab the room, shower and have a nanny nap. Discussed some details of the Cape York helicopter trip next year. That is shaping up to be a ripper.
Then back out again for a bit to eat and then a walk down Cataract Gorge. The Doc enjoyed a ride on the First Basin Chairlift, which stretches some 457metres across Cataract Gorge at the Basin on South Esk River. Then a nice walk out of the Gorge. The Doc topped the day off with a gourmet pizza for dinner. Back at the hotel after 7pm.
Need to catch the 8am flight to Flinders Island tomorrow morning.
A view from the chairlift.
The Doc was planning a trip to Flinders Island three years ago, just before he broke his leg and ankle in three places below the left knee.
The Doc is now waiting for his car to be serviced and wants to be in Sydney on 12 November to see his good friend installed as the new Archbishop of Sydney.
Life is hard, so The Doc booked a holiday to Flinders Island between now and then – leave Thursday 30 October. FIinders is a large Island of the North East coast of Tasmania.
The Doc was in Sydney last night taking some photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. A little run-about left the Overseas Passenger Terminal and sailed past the Harbour Bridge-the Celebrity SOLSTICE. You will need to click on the image to see the bigger version.
On the last trip The Doc and his friend Tony travelled around outback NSW, Queensland and South Australia. Places like the Warrumbungles, Broken Hill, Marree, the ochre pits at Lyndhurst, ruins at Farina, Arkaroola Wildness Sanctuary, Innamincka, Brachina Gorge in the Flinders Ranges, Epsilon in outback Queensland, Cameron’s Corner, Tibooburra, Menindee Lakes and lots of others.
Characters like Talc Alf, roadtrains and huge coal carrying locomotives, the odd emu and even some water in this parched part of Australia.
A collection of photos from that trip.
The Doc’s explorer photos on Panoramio have just passed 6 million views. Click here. As Google is phasing out Panoramio this maybe the last major milestone.
Panoramio is where the photos in Google Earth and Google Maps come from.