Gerard Satherley

Gerard Satherley

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Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Walka Water Works

Walka Water Works

The Walka Water Works is a Nature Reserve on the outskirts of Maitland. Formerly a reservoir supplying the Newcastle area the lake and surrounds provides excellent habitat for a large number of birds. The attraction for me however, is the lake itself as it is a permanent water source that provides excellent photographic opportunities.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Sturt National Park

I've just returned from 5 weeks travelling around Central Aus. The first stop on this trip wasSturt NPin the far north west of NSW. My last visit to this National Park was years ago when the area was in the middle of a drought.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Round Hill Nature Reserve

 Round Hill Nature Reserve is situated approximately 50 kms from Lake Cargelligo, or 575 kms from Sydney. The reserve is a hotspot for dry land and mallee birds. When combined with Yathong and Nombinnie Nature Reserves, Round Hill NR forms part of one of the largest contiguous blocks of mallee in western NSW.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

NZ & Australian Sub-Antarctic Island - Part 1

 DSC1367-as-Smart-Object-1Snares and Auckland Islands  My wife and I were privileged to recently complete a 13 day cruise of the New Zealand and Australian Sub-Antarctic Islands including the Snares, Auckland, Campbell and Macquarie Islands. We were joined by about 50 other passengers including fellowFeathers and Photosmember Sonja.  This is the first of a three part trip report.

 
Day1  Depart Bluff, NZ. late afternoon.  As we headed south we were soon in the company of Sooty shearwaters, Diving Petrels and the first of the Albatross, Salvin’s and White-capped.
Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Muloorina Station

Visited 18 May 2010

I was made aware of this station as a potential photography site by some friendly birders that I meet while visiting Gluepot. They were so enthused about Muloorina that we changed our plans and added a one day visit to Muloorina to our itinerary. What makes this a great place to visit is the presence of a permanent 3km waterhole in the channel of the Frome River. The water is maintained by an artisan bore, which means even in winter the warm bore water outlet can be great for a swim. There is good bird habitat surrounding the waterhole with plenty of scrub, mature trees and reed beds.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Gluepot Reserve

Visited 10-11 May 2010 & Sept. 2011

Gluepot Reserve which was bought by Birding Australia in 1997 has been near the top of my must visit photographic locations for as long as I have been into bird photography. A lot of birders and photographers visit Gluepot, so a search of the web will reveal a fair bit of information.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Lord Howe Island - Part 2

 GJS2702-as-Smart-Object-1Photographing the birds
Learn how to shoot in manual mode, as you will be taking a lot of flight shots where the birds exposure measurement will not change, but the backgrounds will.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Lord Howe Island - Part 1

 GJS4442-as-Smart-Object-1Day 1 Lagoon Road and Malabar Departed Sydney 7.00 am, arrived Lord How Island 8.50 am. Before we had even got off the plane, numerous Pacific Golden Plovers were spotted along the edge of the runway.

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Lake Cargelligo

Lake Cargelligo is a small town in western NSW, approximately 600km west of Sydney. The lake itself is worth exploring for waders and waterbirds. However for me the main focus for any visit to this town is the local sewage treatment works. The STW is on the southern side of the town. Access is easy along a dirt road that turns off  the Condobolin Road. You can gain access through a gate on the south western side of the treatment ponds (near the railway crossing).

Thursday, 11 December 2014 11:00

Idalia Station

We were heading back to the Central Coast from Bowra when it was suggested that it might be worth checking out one of the station stays on the Darling River. Idalia Station was recommended, so we made the detour and were pleasantly surprised at the standard of the facilities and the birds present on the property.

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