My Favourite 20 Bird Photos 2013

January 10, 2014

Another of my loves, with my camera, is capturing images of our beautiful birds. I am lucky enough to live very close to Woodlands Historic Park which is home to many and varied species of birds.

I’ve selected my favourite 20 bird images taken in 2013, I hope you enjoy them.

My rules for selection were;
– no more than one photo for any one species
– no captive birds, only wild birds

You can click on any image to view it larger in Flickr.

In no particular order.

Striated Pardalote 2013-12-15 (_MG_3006)
Striated Pardalote, Woodlands Historic Park

White-winged Chough 2013-01-20 (_MG_9949)
White-winged Chough, Woodlands Historic Park

New Holland Honeyeater 2013-10-18 (_MG_2404)
New Holland Honeyeater, our back garden

Eastern Yellow Robin 2013-02-10 (_MG_0248)
Eastern Yellow Robin, Lemonade Creek Cottages, Lorne

Red-capped Robin 2013-10-29 (_MG_2585)
Red-capped Robin, Woodlands Historic Park

Superb Fairy-wren 2013-01-03 (_MG_9521)
Superb Fairy-wren, Woodlands Historic Park

Tawny Frogmouth 2013-10-17 (_MG_2325)
Tawny Frogmouth, Woodlands Historic Park

Sparrow 2013-12-31 (IMG_7970)
Sparrow, Melbourne Zoo

Peregrine Falcon 2013-11-22 (_MG_2902)
Peregrine Falcon, on our next door neighbour’s TV aerial

Rufous Whistler 2013-11-11 (_MG_2813)
Rufous Whistler, Woodlands Historic Park

Australian Magpie 2013-11-06 (IMG_5130)
Australian Magpie. Woodlands Historic Park

Magpie Lark 2013-09-14 (IMG_2377)
Magpie Lark, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

Purple Swamphen 2013-09-15 (_MG_1930)
Purple Swamphen, Lake Wendouree, Ballarat

Brown Falcon 2013-09-25 (_MG_2048)
Brown Falcon, Providence Road, Greenvale

White-Necked Heron 2013-08-21 (_MG_1644)
White-necked Heron, Mickleham Road, Greenvale

Spotted Pardalote 2013-06-29 (_MG_1364)
Spotted Pardalote, Woodlands Historic Park

Black-shouldered Kite 2013-06-18 (_MG_1148)
Black-shouldered Kite, Woodlands Historic Park

Perched Pelicans 2013-05-18 (_MG_0964)
Pelicans, Western Treatment Plant

Eastern Spinebill 2013-02-12 (_MG_0316)
Eastern Spinebill, Lemonade Creek Cottages, Lorne

Kookaburra 2013-09-27 (_MG_2118)
Kookaburra, Woodlands Historic Park

Melbourne street art – My 2013 Top 30

January 4, 2014

As many of you would know, I’m a little obsessed with the wonderful street art around our city. Melbourne is renowned world-wide as a ciy with great street art.

So, here are my Top 30 street art pieces I’ve found in 2013 (some may have been painted earlier).

In no particular order.

Brain Foetus 2013-12-21 (IMG_7399)
Brain Foetus – Brunswick

Smug Fitzroy 2013-12-18 (IMG_7258-60)
Smug – Fitzroy

Dvate Sirum Glen Waverley 2013-12-14 (IMG_6949-6972)
Dvate and Sirum – Glen Waverley

Taylurk Shida Eno Two One Brunswick 2013-12-04 (IMG_6642-8)
Taylor White, Shida, Eno and Two One – Brunswick

Shadow sprayer  2013-12-01 (IMG_6245)
Dize – Yarraville

Aida Sabic Hosier Lane 2013-11-30 (IMG_6278-80)
Aida Sabic – Hosier Lane

Mimby Collingwood 2013-11-24 (IMG_5879)
Mimby Jones Robinson – Collingwood

Isolde Fitzroy 2013-11-15 (IMG_5493)
Isolde – Fitzroy

Deb 2013-11-17 (IMG_5793&5799&5805&5808&5814)
Deb – Melbourne CBD

Taylor White Hancock Ape Seven Brunswick 2013-10-27 (IMG_4731-3)
Taylor White, Ape Seven and Hancock – Brunswick

Lister Fitzroy 2013-10-27 (IMG_4561)
Lister – Fitzroy

Be Free Northcote 2013-10-12 (IMG_3545-7)
Be Free – Northcote

Two One Docklands 2013-10-12 (IMG_3671)
Two One – Docklands

Shida Croft Alley 2013-10-06 (IMG_3418-20)
Shida – Croft Alley

Two One Sofles Bonsai 2013-09-08 (IMG_2073-5)
Two One, Sofles, Bonsai – Roxburgh Park

Makatron and Blo Zebras Footscray 2013-08-25 (IMG_1643-5)
Makatron and Blo – Footscray

Lucy Lucy traffic signal box Reservoir 2013-08-11 (IMG_0952-57)
Lucy Lucy – Reservoir

Meggs and Steen Jones Northcote 2013-07-28 (IMG_0296-8)
Meggs and Steen Jones – Northcote

Kaffeine traffic signal box 2013-07-14 (IMG_8074&8077)
Kaffeine – Richmond

Stones by Sputnik, Brunswick 2013-07-13 (IMG_8014)
Sputnik – Brunswick

Linz 3rd Chapter 2013-07-06 (IMG_7607)
Linz – Collingwood

Unstoppable Collingwood 2013-07-06 (IMG_7754-6)
Rone and Wonderlust – Collingwood

Skipping Girl Drewery Place 2013-04-28 (IMG_5478-82)
Man of Darkness – Drewery Place

Fintan Magee West Melbourne 2013-04-13 (IMG_4157-63)
Fintan Magee – West Melbourne

Aerosol Alley Heesco Lion 2013-03-31 (IMG_3660_1_2)
Heesco – Windsor

Aerosol Alley Windsor "Pigs" 2013-03-16 (IMG_2262,2265,2268)
Heesco – Windsor

The Giant Storybook Project 2013-02-16 (IMG_1487)
Kaffeine – North Fitzroy

Union Lane "No Reason To Be Scared" 2013-02-08 (IMG_0976)
Herakut – Union Lane

Grace Cafe Fitzroy 2013-02-02 (IMG_0760_1_2)
Adnate – Fitzroy

Fitzroy street art "The Ambush" 2013-02-02 (IMG_0715-21)
Taylor White – Fitzroy

2014 – A new start!

December 31, 2013

Well, over a year since I posted here so I’ll be very surprised if anyone is still following, pleasantly surprised though, so if you are there please leave me a comment.

It has been a very tough time since I stopped blogging here. We lost my Dad after a short battle with cancer in October of 2012, and I still miss him every day. Mum is in aged care now, and confirming what we all knew anyway, we got an official Alzheimer’s diagnosis for her earlier this year. We also lost Adrienne’s mum early this year. Due to economic conditions, work has been a pretty tough deal too, but you’ve got to keep going.

Long time followers of this blog will know that starting in about 2004 I embarked on a health and fitness journey, losing 40kg, and maintaining a very lean 75kg for over 6 years. I was a runner (including a full marathon) and bike rider.

Well, the reason I’m posting here again is, I’m afraid, because I have lapsed. I’m ashamed to say my exercise routine is now limited to a daily (pretty much) walk, nothing that gets the heart rate up though. I’m making some bad eating choices, and probably drinking too much.

I have put back on about 14kg of the 40kg I lost, and am struggling to find a t-shirt in my wardrobe that fits me.

So, 2014 will be a change for the better. This blog will become the accountability tool it always was. I’m not going to be manic about it like I was before, but I am going to get myself back down to 80kg (and stay there) by making some better choices and exercising (properly) a few times a week. Expect at least a weekly post here with a progress update.

Wish me luck!

Edit: Official weigh-in for the start of the New Year is 87.1 kg, so the target is a 7.1 kg loss. Here goes.

Gorgeous eyes …

August 3, 2012

These gorgeous eyes were the highlight of my day …

Black-shouldered Kite 2012-08-03 (_MG_1909)

Interestingness ?

July 30, 2012

I don’t know if “interestingness” is a proper word, but Flickr certainly thinks it is. Every day they put the top 500 photos posted each day into a special area called Explore, based on their secret “interestingness algorithm”. Five hundred each day might seem like a lot, but when you think that there were over 48,000 photos uploaded yesterday that were taken with exactly the same camera as I have (a Canon EOS 60D), then I’m guessing the total number of photos uploaded each day is a really, really big number.

So, I think it is a good thing if one of your photos is considered interesting enough to appear on the Explore page. I’m lucky enough to have had 17 of my photos in Explore.

These are them. Do you find them interesting? Which ones are highest on your “interestingness” scale?


Barbed wire on Rutledge Lane, July 27th, #443


Red-capped Robin, July 22nd, #423


RMIT Building, July 20th, #157


New Holland Honeyeater, July 20th, #316


Red-capped Robin, July 18, #299

Young Welcome Swallow 2012-07-14 (_MG_0944)
Young Welcome Swallow, July 15th, #345

Young kangaroo 2012-07-11 (_MG_0848)
Young kangaroo, July 10th, #394


Laughing Kookaburra, June 29th, #228


Emu Bottom bellows and forge, June 26, #409


Hosier Lane – The Joker,  June 22, #140

Princes Pier at sunset 2012-06-17 (_MG_9527_8_9)
Princes Pier at sunset, June 19th, #319


Sunset from Princes Pier, June 18th, #473


Princes Pier, June 16th, #277


Melbourne University Underground car park, June 16th, #397


Derelict gate on foggy morning, June 12th, #168


Derelict farmhouse on foggy morning, June 11th, #205


Shrine of Remembrance, June 9th 2012, #434

Perspective …

July 22, 2012

It’s been pretty quiet on here hasn’t it. There’s been other things on my mind. Dad has cancer and is recovering from his first cycle of chemotherapy, and mum, who dad has cared for, for many years, is demanding to be left on her own at home, despite the fact that we are very unsure as to whether this is the right thing. So, we’ve been up and down the Geelong road many days and generally worrying about how things will turn out and feeling helpless.

Meantime, work is piling up and getting out of control, I’m eating badly, exercising little and putting on weight. Still as the picture below illustrates, we all need perspective, and at the moment, work and my weight seem quite unimportant, compared to family.

If you want to know the story of the photo below, please click through to Flickr.

RMIT Building 2012-07-21 (_MG_1214)

A new favourite …

July 9, 2012

Another day spent down in Geelong doing a few things for mum. The only highlight was a short detour on the way down to drive down the Point Wilson Road, the photo below resulting. My new favourite from my bird photos I think.

Brown Falcon 2012-07-09 (_MG_0792)
Brown Falcon

Still going …

July 6, 2012

Like this 50+ year old Caterpillar motor grader, I’m feeling a little worse for wear. It’s been a very stressful week with mum staying with us and my dad back in hospital with another tumor.

But, also like this wonderful 50+ year old bit of yellow iron, we’ll keep on going, because it is the only choice really.

1960 Caterpillar 12E Grader 2012-07-05 (_MG_0635_6_7)

Please click for a larger view!

Progress …

June 30, 2012

It’s Saturday and I didn’t weigh myself and record it in my spreadsheet. I didn’t do it last week either.

I was probably over my 75kg “target” both weeks.

And, I don’t really care.

I think that is progress.

Today was a nice relaxing Saturday, spent mainly with my camera. Out early for a walk around the city, then spent about three hours strolling around Woodlands with Adrienne including a nice Devonshire Tea at the homestead, then out again later on my own for an hour. My two favourite shots of the day are totally different, I think I like the red shoes best, dunno why.

Feels nothing 2012-06-30 (_MG_0332_3_4)
Juxtaposition – Hosier Lane

Laughing Kookaburra 2012-06-30 (_MG_0415)
What are you looking at?

My favourite bird photo yet?

June 27, 2012

Superb Fairy-wren 2012-06-27 (_MG_0254)


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