Dargans Creek Canyon – 10 February 2018

Albert was keen on another canyoning photographic weekend and didn’t need to do much convincing to talk me into joining him. We discussed a list of possible canyons and decided on Dargans Creek and the Hat Hill Canyon. We were joined for the first day at Dargans Creek by Craig, from Lithgow. I had been canyoning with Craig many years before. In recent years, with his kids growing up, he has been able to venture into canyons once more. He was happy to put up with our photographic pfaffing.

We met at the carpark above the dam at Dargan. We soon had our gear packed and set off for the dam. We then headed down the track to the canyon. On the way, we passed a pair of climbers on one of the lower crags. We didn’t envy them, as it was a hot day, and we would soon be in the cool refuge of the canyon. Continue reading

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More Interesting Local Bird Observations – Cooks River – 9 February 2018

This time I was joined by Digi Dave and we spent an interesting and enjoyable few hours on the Cooks River near the Old Sugar Mill. We spent our time between the Dog Area and the Boat Harbour.

On the bridge over the river, we spotted a White Faced Heron flying along, and then landing on the bank. It soon moved off however to the other side, very close to where a Cormorant was hunting.  Continue reading

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Cooks River Birds – 8 February 2018

More local birdlife. During the afternoon, I cycled down the Cook River Cycleway to Barton Park, and there visited the Landing Lights Wetland. I then continued on to where the Cooks River flows into Botany Bay. I later returned the same way and then further up the Cooks River to the Dog Area and The Boat Harbour.

Here is some of what I saw. At the Landing Lights Wetland – Continue reading

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Bell Creek Canyon – 7 February 2018

I spent a very pleasant day with Bob visiting Bell Creek Canyon near Mt Wilson.

We entered the canyon via the usual route – from the RFS building at Mt Wilson, along the fire road and then crossing Du Faurs Creek at the usual start for Clatterteeth Canyon. Then we climbed up the other side. There was a faint track at times, but this vanishes in the thicker scrub at the crest of the hill and some navigation is needed to find the start of the ridge down to Belfry Canyon. Continue reading

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Cooks River Birds – 6 February 2018

I spent a few hours in the afternoon down on the Cooks River photographing the birds. I started at the Dog Area and looked without success for the Tawny Frogmouth family.

Downstream was a nice Cormorant sitting on a pipe in the river. Continue reading

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Manly to The Spit Walk – 5 February 2018

This was a very pleasant walk along a nice part of Sydney Harbour. It was organised by Brian Everingham for the National Parks Association of NSW. On the walk was Brian, Chris, Mary, Maureen, Mary 2, Derek, Roy and myself.

After a trip from the Quay to Manly in the ferry, we set off along the foreshore. Continue reading

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Local Birdlife 3 – 4 February 2018

Over the weekend I made a visit to Wolli Creek and two visits to the Cooks River to look at birdlife and other aspects of Nature.

Firstly, Wolli Creek on Saturday morning – Continue reading

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Minerva and Jingga Pools – Dharawal National Park – 2 February 2018

This was a very pleasant day spent in Dharawal National Park in the South West of Sydney. Digi Dave was keen to get out and we decided to visit the Minerva and Jingga Pools. These were places that I had never been to before and sounded interesting. I had also talked about a visit to these pools with David Hufton, and by coincidence we met him at the carpark at the entrance to Dharawal National Park at Wedderburn.

Minerva Pool

This carpark is at the end of Victoria Road at Wedderburn and there has recently been some upgrades there. Near the carpark is a nice picnic area and toilet block. Signs with maps indicated the way to the pools. Continue reading

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Cooks River – Birds and a King Tide – 1 February 2018

The Supermoon had produced another King Tide, so I ventured agin down to the Cooks River for some photos. A month earlier, there had been a King High Tide (and that was about 4 cm higher) and then I had visited the Cooks River downstream from the Wardell Road crossing. So this time I ventured upstream.

The Boat Harbour was certainly very full – Continue reading

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Photographing the Super – Blue – Blood Moon – 31 January 2018

During the night, a rather rare astronomical event was going to take place – a “Supermoon” that also coincided with a total lunar eclipse (“Blood Moon”). And as it was also the second full moon of the month, it was also a “Blue Moon”.

Sydney was in a prime position to see the total eclipse, but on the night, it was very cloudy. The forecast was for the clouds to gradually clear, so I went outside several times during the evening. No luck. Continue reading

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