Living with Nature

Monthly Archives: June 2017

From the archives……… In my efforts to reduce my photo library, I’ve come across several bird images that I don’t think I’ve ever shared before.  Mainly because they didn’t have particularly sharp focus.  This image of a Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) in the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne is one of them.  The image was made in July 2013 – Winter. This cormorant-like bird was standing near an old wooden jetty on an island way… Read More

If you’ve enjoyed all my images of skies over Melbourne in recent years don’t forget to drop in to my other blog for a re-run from my archives here ……..Sunrise, Sunset & Cloud (that come in between).

……………From the Archives The Australian Wood Duck (Chenonetta jubata), is one of the commonest ducks to be seen around Melbourne’s public parks and gardens and I seem to have photographed them more times than most other birds (except perhaps the Nankeen Night Heron and the Pacific Black Duck, that is). Looks like a couple of clear sunny winter days coming up next weekend according to the weather forecast, (which is always wrong… Read More

I see Cormorants everywhere along my stretch of the Maribyrnong River, but now I’m starting to look a little more closely. When a fellow bird-lover informed me the Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax varius) has a hooked beak (and more orange coloured), I think I’m starting to see the differences between them. The Pied Cormorant is larger for sure, but when you’re photographing them from a fair distance away and there only one bird,… Read More

I’ve been trying to get close enough to the small birds that feed on the low-lying field of Frogs Hollow on sunny afternoons, but either I haven’t got my 150-500mm lens with me on my walk OR they fly away before I can get close enough.  Finally I decided to just share these images.  I accept I will never get closer to get a really decent shot. Mostly, in trying to photograph… Read More

It’s been raining overnight and I’ve woken up to a rather chilly day. While the first month of winter – June – is nearly over, we’ve had surprisingly little rain so far in Melbourne.  It’s been mainly light showers in the western suburbs (where I live) for this last week, but enough to stall my efforts to get outdoors for some walking and fresh air (and/or nature photography). More frequent showers are… Read More

Rain today, so I’ve been indoors trying to catch up with some blog reading. Sunsets don’t have to be spectacular.  Sometimes you just sense the breeze whispering in the tree tops and the sound of birds chirping close by and relax into watching the sun go down.


I wasn’t going to share this photo of the Great Egret in the Wetlands because it was so far away and I was having trouble holding my heavy long telephoto lens still (after my long walk along the river path to get to the Wetlands).  You can’t see much feather detail.  But soon after this shot the Park Ranger came up to chat and I never ended up getting my tripod out… Read More

On the way to Newell’s Paddock (via the river cycling/walking path) last Friday, I came across a pair of Australian Wood Ducks (Chenonetta jubata) dozing in the sun on a tiny jetty.  I walked up behind them quite close and fully expected them to fly away, but they didn’t. Both opened and closed their eyes from time to time to keep an eye on me. Then I slowly walked up to about 3… Read More