Strzelecki Track Expedition (remote) South Australia

After reading an internet news article about the intentions of the South Australian government (in conjunction with the mining sector) to seal the iconic 475km long Strzelecki Track, a couple of us decided that we should take a look at this remote part of north-eastern South Australia before it becomes a popular picnic destination!

Camping in Swags around a campfire at Montecollina Bore, midway along the Strzelecki Track
Home away from home. Our camp site setup at Montecollina Bore, a true oasis in the remote desert country along the Strzelecki Track

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Alice Springs Birding (at a glance)

Alice springs has many great sites for birding, with a large variety of arid zone species to be found here (if you know where to look), and the local birders are more than willing to point you in the right direction. There are also a few guided tour operators that can definitely save you much research time and wasted effort trying to locate the more difficult to find species yourself, if you are able to afford the tour costs and have a set agenda for your trip itinerary. I (Peter Rowland) spent four days there in early August to check out some of the hotspots for myself.

Looking over Alice Springs at dawn
View over Alice Springs from the range in Olive Pink Botanic Gardens

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Photographing Birds in Flight

A Wedge-tailed Eagle flying over some houses
A Wedge-tailed Eagle in Flight

Capturing images of birds and other fast moving animals is very difficult, but capturing birds in flight (or BIFs, as they are often referred to as) is extremely challenging indeed. While today’s digital SLR cameras make things a little easier, the biggest advantage of the digital cameras is the large number of pictures you can take when practicing your photography hobby.

Before digital SLR cameras were available, the only way we could practice photographic techniques was with film (in our case slide film), which you had to get developed before you could see your results. This was both a slow process and an expensive one, especially if you were practicing the tricky art of photographing birds in flight.

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Wombat Cam

A Common Wombat returning to its den early in the morningA quick trip out to the Blue Mountains (and beyond) rewarded us with a great list of some awesome Australian animals. Some of the more commonly seen species were: Common Wombat, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Euro, Red-necked Wallaby, Squirrel Glider, Lace Monitor and a big list of birds, including: Superb Lyrebird, Torquoise Parrot, Laughing Kookaburra, Eastern Yellow Robin, Double-barred Finch, Crimson Rosella and more honeyeaters than you could point a camera at!

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