First up I thought I'd share a photo that shows what glorious weather we've been enjoying here in the north-west of Tasmania.
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The field in the foreground has a crop of Pyrethrum daisies, used for making organic pesticide. The whole district is dotted with fields of both Pyrethrum and Poppies at the moment. The beach and hoses in the middle distance is Boat Harbour. The headland in the distance is Rocky Cape which is mostly national park. Beyond Rocky Cape you might just be able to recognise "The Nut" at Stanley. You can just see it peaking through between the hills of Rocky Cape.
In a field near Stanley we came across four Purple Swamphens, two of which are shown below:
Immature Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) - Note the dark bill.
At Rocky Cape I finally managed a reasonable shot of a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo. There were ten of them in heathland near the lighthouse. By walking down the "North Cave" track I managed to get right in among them. Unfortunately it was getting late and dull and I could only get around 1/60th second shutter speeds while hand holding a 560mm telephoto lens. (Not recommended). Thus most of the shots were rather blurry but this one just made it into the "keepers" bundle.
While walking along the path little moths were taking flight as I brushed past the bushes. Watching one to see where it landed allowed me to get the following photo.