Whale Watching 20/07/2019

So I have not been out whale watching as much as I would have liked on this northern migration, so I decided to head out again with an operator here on the New South Wales on the central coast Fantasea Crusing. This cruise was for 2.5 hours with the pick up being at Ettalong and dropping of at Palm Beach in the northern beaches of Sydney with another ferry trip back to Ettalong.

The weather was perfect for whale watching, nice clear skies and a very calm ocean.

To start off as we are heading back out to the open ocean there were some people kayaking and surfing one of the local sand bars as we left the sheltered water around Ettalong beach and the other beachside towns .

We then headed out to the open ocean on the lookout for migrating humbpack whales and finding a pair fairly quickly, they were just cruising north and were not really active and long dive times.

We then spotted a breaching whale off in the distance and headed across to observe. This whale put on a great display of breaching with at least 15 breaches in the time we were watching.

After all the acrobatics that this whale displayed, it decided to keep heading north on its annual migration to the breeding grounds in the tropics.

On our way back to Palm Beach we stopped to observe some Australian fur seals hauled out on Barrenjoey point.

Heading back to Ettalong I took the opportunity to photograph Barrenjoey lighthouse.

Also a of yacht that was out for a sail.

In all I estimate we saw around 20 whales in different pods heading north which is great as we are getting towards the end of the northern migration.

All in all I had a great day out on the water and photographing these fantastic animals.

Cheers till my next blog

DK

From the archives…..

This week I ventured into my photography vault and looked at the photos I have taken over the last 5 years of doing whale photography, preparing myself for the upcoming season.

So for the next couple of weeks I will be posting some photos from the last five years of my whale watching adventures and for something different I have processed them to black and white using Silver Effects Pro.

Weekly photo catch up

As I am still waiting for the whale watching season to kick off here in Australia.

I decided to head to one of our local wildlife parks, the Australian Reptile Park (https://reptilepark.com.au/) and photograph their mammals, birds and reptiles.

Some of the reptiles.These were shot using Pentax K3 and Tamron 90mm lens.

Eastern Bearded Dragon

Fijian Iguana

Chameleon
Chameleon
Turtle eye
Baby Alligator
Baby Alligator
Python
This photo was shot with Pentax 55mm-300mm lens
Close up of the skin of an alligator. This photo was shot with Pentax 55mm-300mm lens
Scales

Birds. These photos where all shot with Pentax K3

Tawny Frogmouth.
Photo taken with Pentax 55-300mm lens

Mammals

Grey headed flying fox.

Shot with Pentax K3 and 55-300mm lens.
Resting Quokka.

Shot with Pentax K3 and 55-300mm lens.