Oct 152010
 

In early September I travelled with a friend and fellow-photographer, Howard Aron, on a nature photography trip to Kangaroo Island, South Australia. This stunning island has been called the “Galapagos of Australia”, due to its amazing array of native wildlife and the distinct lack of pest species.

Nankeen Kestrel – Kangaroo Island

Nankeen Kestrel – Kangaroo Island

One of the main reasons for travelling to Kangaroo Island was to photograph the Australian Sea Lions at Seal Bay. Around 600 – 700 of these magnificent mammals live here and I was fortunate to have three attempts to photograph them right on the beach, over three days. Access to the beach is only available via guided tour, either with a tour group or ranger.

Kangaroo foot prints - Yuraygir N.P - ACF Diary 2010

Yuraygir N.P – ACF Diary 2010

Also in September, The Australian Conservation Foundation released its 2010 Wilderness Diary, which features 5 of my photos. These include a breaching Humpback Whale, Lace Monitor, Masked Boobies, Red-tailed Tropicbird and kangaroo prints on sand dunes. All profits from the sale of the diaries go to fund the Australian Conservation Foundation and its conservation projects. For more details on ACF, please visit their website: www.acfonline.org.au

Australian Sea Lion juvenile – Kangaroo Island

Australian Sea Lion juvenile – Kangaroo Island

Just days before we arrived, the island had been battered by weeks of gale-force winds and horrid weather – certainly not conducive to photography! Fortunately for us, the weather was extremely kind and offered made for pleasant living and great photography.

Australian Sea Lion juvenile scratching – Kangaroo Island

Australian Sea Lion juvenile scratching – Kangaroo Island

A couple of days after arriving back from Kangaroo Island, on the 6th September 09, it was up to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat for Michael’s Photography Workshop’s third fully-booked 5 day photography workshop. Dena, my wife, joined me and had a bit of a holiday while Mark and I presented another successful 5 day workshop. The weather was kind to us, lots of photo opportunities and a great bunch of participants made for a fantastic 5 days.

Red-tailed Tropicbird - ACF Diary 2010.jpg

Red-tailed Tropicbird – ACF Diary 2010