Bird Photography Challenge #53: Little Penguin

Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) are the smallest of all penguin species and are endemic to Australia.  We have a soft spot for these flightless seabirds and see them often around the Bass Strait Islands. The Little Penguin is the very endearing subject of our 53rd Bird Photography Challenge.

Hooded Plover

Bird Photography Challenge #51: Hooded Plover

While we were away cruising Bass Strait, we paused our regular Bird Photography Challenge posts.  But we are back on land now.  So for our return to our fortnightly posting, we are making the Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) the star of our #51 Bird Photography Challenge. The “hoody” as we affectionately call it, inhabits sandy…

Summer 2016-17 Cruise Review

For our 24th and last post on our Summer 2016-17 Cruise, we thought we would do a recap of this very satisfying voyage right around Bass Strait. We were away for 11 weeks, the longest we have ever been on board Take It Easy. We covered about 1000 nautical miles during this circumnavigation of a…

From one end of the Furneaux to the other

We had been hoping the wind would switch from the west to the south, to enable us to sail North from Preservation Island. But as often happens the SE was forecast to arrive in the middle of the night and Preservation is exposed in a southerly breeze. So to get some protection, we had to…

Sheltered at Preservation Island

If you ever wondered where the predominant wind comes from in the Furneaux, the answer is from the west and typically blowing at 25 to 30 knots. So for the past few days we have been sheltering at Preservation Island. We had a lively sail south, from Badger Island. Why south we hear you ask? Because…

Rhythms of the Islands

Greg and Ann have only been with us for a couple of days but already they are getting a taste of the Bass Strait islands moods as well as the rhythms and routines on Take It Easy. They have experienced a hot still day when they arrived at Trousers Point, with its crystal clear, flat…