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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Highfields Sunset

22 November 2016

Highfields Sunset.... I decided to go and test out my new wide-angle camera lens this afternoon, in a spot that I have noticed the sunset reflecting over two farm dams on the outskirts of Highfields.  Of course things didn't go to plan, with one leg of the tripod seizing on me, so these few practise pics are hand-held.  It is a very pretty spot, albeit a bit inaccessible.  These dams are always home to beautiful waterbirds and while I was taking these photos, Welcome Swallows were ducking and diving for insects over the water, making for a very picturesque evening, despite the traffic zooming past behind me.

J.G.

Highfields Sunset, South-East Qld 22/11/16

Highfields Sunset, South-East Qld 22/11/16

Highfields Sunset, South-East Qld 22/11/16

Monday, November 7, 2016

Channel-billed Cuckoo's at Cabarlah

7 November 2016

While visiting a friend at Cabarlah, I witnessed two Channel-billed Cuckoo's land high in the tops of the large gum a silky-oak trees on the property.  I have been seeing and hearing these magnificent birds for a few weeks now, predominantly about 5.30 in the morning at our place, flying over-head with crows hot on their tail feathers, making sure they stay away.  My friend said that the Channel-bills have successfully laid their eggs in the Pied Currawong nest over many years at her property and she has witnessed the currawongs feeding these extra large demanding babies.

The photos aren't very clear as I only had my little 'point and shoot' camera which is a little rain damaged on hand, but I couldn't resist trying to capture their majestic stature while stopped for a short while.

J.G.

Channel-billed Cuckoo, Cabarlah 7/11/16

Channel-billed Cuckoo, in a flowering Silky-Oak Tree, Cabarlah 7/11/16




Friday, September 23, 2016

Historic town of Hermannsburg N.T.

21 September 2016

HISTORIC TOWN OF HERMANNSBURG, CENTRAL AUSTRALIA, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Hermannsburg is an Aboriginal community 125 km km west southwest of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Local Aboriginal people call it Ntaria.  Hermannsburg is the birthplace of well known Australian Aboriginal Artist Albert Namatjira (1902–1959).

The Hermannsburg Historic Precinct is an old German Lutheran Mission, that was established in 1877. The Hermannsburg Historic Precinct was included in the National Heritage List on 13 April 2006.

Hermannsburg Historic Precinct is open to visitors who can visit the old mission house, Albert Namatjira's house, a museum and an art gallery.

There is plenty to see and read about at this historic precinct.  The grounds are also home to some stunning old gum trees, with plenty of hollows, which were home to native Budgerigars and Australian Ringneck Parrots.  Wild Brumbys grazed on the outskirts of the precinct grounds.  The art gallery and tributes to Albert Namatjira were fantastic and very interesting.  

J & B


Welcome to the town of Hermannsburg, Northern Territory

Historic Hermannsburg Precinct Entry

Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

Budgerigars feeding their babies in a nesting hollow on the grounds of the Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

The kids out the front of the tea-rooms at Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

Historic Hermannsburg Precinct Church

Wild Brumby at Hermannsburg

Date Palms in flower at Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

The original infirmary at Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

Infirmary at Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

Colonists House at Historic Hermannsburg Precinct

Steel Power poles throughout Hermannsburg and also in Alice Springs.

Small section of the tribute to Australian watercolour artist Albert Namatjira

Water tanks at Hermannsburg Historic Precinct