Rottnest Island

GREAT ROTTNEST ESCAPE 2016 – PART 4

7/3/2016 – Photography

Once again Joy has lent me her USB of photos taken at Rottnest.  I have picked out a few spectacular ones to put in here, to show Rottnest’s beauty and Joy’s great photography.

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The famous quokka of Rottnest island, always inquisitive, always friendly and always hungry.  Visitors are encouraged not to feed them, as it disturbs their natural diet, but they always appear when there is food around, so I imagine that human food does form part of their diet.

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At least their tameness makes them easy to photograph.

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A close up of the seals at play.

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The ever present pelican, always around spectating on events.

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Beautiful Osprey in flight over the ocean.

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Wow, you can almost see every feather.

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GREAT ROTTNEST ESCAPE 2016 – PART 3

7/03/2016 – The Social Side

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As well as getting lots of exercise, fresh air and sunshine, we are getting together with our friends and others who share our passion for being active.    Action Outdoors Association

Coffee break

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Combined dinner, everybody happy.

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Dinner out at the Country Club, Rottnest.

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GREAT ROTTNEST ESCAPE 2016 – PART 2

6/03/2016 – Underwater Camera

I bought a small underwater camera not long ago.  Initially for taking on the paddleboard, but of course it will be great for snorkelling also.  At Rottnest I have planned to trial it and see if it at least keeps dry when underwater – that will be a good start.

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Yes, camera stayed dry, but I forgot that with my eyesight, I couldn’t see a thing on the tiny little screen that the camera provided.  So I literally just pointed and clicked.  Lo and behold, I managed to get a fish in my photo.  I was amazed.

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Just to prove that it can take photos above the waterline as well, here is one of Joy floating.

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Then Joy took pity on me and went off to photograph a properly sighted fish.  Not bad, yes I am happy with the camera.

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Here is one of Julie in the water.

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And I did manage to get a shot of this rock showing the plant life on it (or is it animal life).

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GREAT ROTTNEST ESCAPE 2016 – PART 1

5/03/2016 – Is it a year already?

It is hard to believe that it is a year since I joined my friends in AOA on the Rottnest Island long weekend.  Always a favourite, it’s easy to see why, when the weather is perfect, beaches are pristine and one can relax, drink wine, read a book or simply go and have a game of tennis.

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After a lazy first day, a group of us girls decide to go on a ‘small group’ ride of our own where we can stop to take photographs at will and not have to worry about keeping up with a larger group.  Here we have Bernie, Julie, Me, Joy and Christine.

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We stopped at every opportunity, this is a king skink, he was sunning himself just by the guard rail when we stopped to take photos.

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A sea osprey’s nest, what a great spot, not much likelihood of predators getting those chicks.

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Here is mum or dad osprey, looking out for their young.

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I did try to get an enlargement of the bird, but I do not take large enough photos to produce a good close up.

Below is Joy, using her big lens.  Much better equipped than me, Joy has been to the antarctic with her camera paraphernalia and certainly knows how to take a great photo.

I’ll have to see if she got any better shots than me for this blog.  This is the lady who took the great tennis shots at Rottnest that I posted last year.

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Now moving around the far west of the island and on to the area where seals abound.

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What can I say, WA is too stunning  for words.

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Looking the other way, yet another glorious view.

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This is what we were looking for, the seals are out at play and it seems as if they are putting on a performance especially for us. I can’t stop taking photos.

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They look so happy and carefree, splashing around in the water. Some are lazing, some are swimming around vigourously, and others are having a go at synchronized swimming.  We watched for ages.

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At the seal watching platform.  Happy and tired, well I look tired, not sure about the others.

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A few more rocks to photo.

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And a beautiful bay for mooring boats.  We returned back to our ‘barracks’ tired but very content with our day’s travels.

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