Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Colin Hay - Overkill (with choir)

Monday, 4 December 2017

Leopard shark or zebra shark (Cairns Aquarium)

Here's the largest fish presently at the Cairns Aquarium at present, Stegostoma fasciatum. They seem to have two common names in Australia - leopard shark,from the adult colouration seen above, or zebra shark, from the juvenile colouration. Unfortunately the Aquarium doesn't have a juvenile on display, so here's a photo of one from the Wikimedia Commons:

Yes, they really need to make a baby zebra shark exhibit.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Taylor Point through the mangroves

On Sunday I spent some time lazing at the southern end of Kewarra Beach looking out to Taylor Point, Haycock and Double Islands and Palm Cove. Some mangroves right at the end struck me as a nice frame for a photo.

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Palmer Sea Reef, Port Douglas

The joined 15th (foreground) and 10th greens at Sea Reef
The view from behind the second green gives some idea of how large the greens are

The beautifully set fifth green

From the sixth tee 

The approach shot to the seventh with some lovely bunkers and landscaping

The tenth hole from the tee

The eleventh green

The 15th

The sixteenth green offers an obvious pin position for the sadistic greenkeeper

The final hole has bunkers galore

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Leaf-tailed gecko (Cairns Aquarium)

It had been hard to get a good shot of the leaf-tailed gecko at Cairns Aquarium as it seems to prefer sitting on the side of the branches opposite the glass, and it was nice to finally catch it out front. I wonder how many of these I've failed to see in the wild.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

A lovely day in Cairns, roaming crocodiles, and a strange offer

The view from my newspaper reading spot, with Taylor Point in the center
We've apparently had a recent crocodile sighting at Trinity Beach, and extra warning signs have been placed along the beach. They've reopened the stinger net for swimming and there were a few people swimming. After wandering down to have breakfast at Fratelli's, I lazed at the end of the beach to finish reading the Saturday Paper.

I then headed over the headland to Taylor Point. On the path I passed two youngish boys, perhaps 13-14. "Would you like some of my salmon?", I thought I heard one say to me. "Salmon?", I queried. "Yes, salmon", he said holding what looked like a plastic cup of mousse. I declined, and remain somewhat baffled. I kept walking.

Taylor Point with Palm Cove, Double Island and Haycock Island in the distance.
Crocodiles don't spend much time out at the beaches. They pop out briefly when travelling between the rivers and creeks, usually at night. One such creek divides Trinity Beach from Kewarra Beach, and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection has decided that a crocodile in the area (not necessarily the same one spotted at Trinity Beach) is large enough to warrant removal. A baited crocodile trap has been installed near the mouth of the creek.

The small creek near Taylor Point with a baited crocodile trap
We've had crocodiles in the news a bit recently, with the death of an elderly woman in Port Douglas early last month, another croc stalking people in Port Douglas, and a couple of crocs spotted off the northern end of the Cairns Esplanade.

Australasian grebe

An Australasian grebe takes offence at my presence and heads elsewhere at Tyto Wetlands

Saturday, 4 November 2017

The views from Mt Stuart

On my way out to Charters Towers I drove past the Mt Stuart turn last time I went to Townsville. This time the 9km road up to the peak was on my list of things to do. It was a bit hazy, particularly out over the city, but the views were rather nice. It's a very different landscape to Cairns's rainforest surrounds.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Reef HQ

Cleaner wrasses get to work on a malabar grouper
 A trip to Townsville isn't complete for me without dropping in to the Reef HQ aquarium, and last weekend I made a trip down. Reef HQ features far more in the way of live coral than the Cairns Aquarium, and the bright sunlit main tanks are gorgeous. My camera battery ran out shortly after I arrived, but I got a couple of shots out of it before trying my phone's camera.

The Yongala wreck recreation is on one side of an underwater tunnel. The live reef tank is on the other

Live reef

Bigfin reef squid (camera phone)

Taken with my phone, here's a photo of an alpheid shrimp working on its burrow while its goby stands watch
Here's the same goby, but the photo is from my camera rather than the phone

A small reef tank