Illawarra Sailing

Although from the right direction, the breeze has not been very strong along the Illawarra coast, so no record breaking speed over the two days it took us to get south of Sydney. Just a motor sail from Batemans Bay to Crookhaven Heads, where we stopped for the night, then a spinnaker sail to Port…

Shy albatross in flight

Life on the Wing – Article published

When Dynamic Range Editor, Leanne Cole, asked me to put an article together for the March issue of the photography magazine – no pressure, but we need the text before Christmas and the photos soon after – I knew there could only be one thing to do: assemble the best images of the Shy Albatross I…

Shy Albatross

Bird Photography Challenge #52: Shy Albatross

This is our 52nd Bird Photography Challenge, a regular post we try to run every fortnight.  Two years is a milestone and we are marking the occasion by doing a post on a very special oceanic bird: the Shy Albatross, a native to Australia but one that has been declared vulnerable. The Shy Albatross is…

Rugged shores of Hunter Island

Fleurieu Islands Exploration

We have spent a week at the Hunter islands, properly called Fleurieu Group, moving from anchorage to anchorage and alternating between Hunter and Three Hummock Islands depending on the wind direction.  At last we have felt in cruising mode: short sails, new discoveries, plenty of walks and scrambles ashore on sunny days, and time for…

Little Penguin huddle just arrived ashore

Feathered Encounters

One of the great pleasures of cruising the Bass Strait Islands is the bird life. Many of the islands have been declared Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas. Penguins at King Island Little Penguins are adorable. They are the smallest species of penguins in the world, measuring less than 40 cm in height and weighing only…

Shy Albatross

Roaring Forties here we come!

This is why we have been hiding in Grassy for a few days! This was the weather map at 11.00 am on Thursday; you can see what was coming to Grassy! Severe weather, 40+knot winds, spray flying through the air inside the harbour, train running through the rigging. We are in the Roaring Forties after…