I have so much I want to share about my incredible 3 week teaching/photography adventure in Australia!
In my previous post, I wrote about the workshops and mini holiday on Phillip Island with Bevlea and Lucy, but most of the part about the trip to Phillip Island got cut off when I published the post.
I'll finish sharing about our time on Phillip Island, hoping I can remember it all...and then post about my trip to Queensland with Bevlea in a separate installment.
While on the island visiting the Koala Conservation Center, watching the Penguin Parade, and enjoying Churchill Island Heritage Farm, we saw a pod of Australian Penguins. Such amazing birds!
Did you know that Pelican Chicks can communicate with their mothers while still in the egg? Although I have no idea how experts know that they can let the mother know when they're too hot or cold, I've read that they can. They also listen to their parents from the egg, so when they emerge, they can identify them. Again, I have no idea how we know that they're able to do that, but it's pretty cool!
The Australian Cape Barren Goose is another cool bird that we saw quite a few of while on the island. Almost hunted to extinction by the 1950's, they are now protected, and thankfully, no longer listed as endangered. Their legs are a deep pink and the feet are black.
They have a short, black bill with an incredible, greenish-yellow cere (skin above the beak, where the nostrils are).
Such marvelous colors! I guess all that beauty makes up for the fact that their call sounds a bit like the grunt of a pig :-)
After a very full day, we spent the night at Kil’nTime, a delightful B&B in Ventnor, between Cowes (the main township on Phillip Island) and The Nobbies Rocks (home to Australia's largest colony of fur seals).
The converted kiln at the B&B is part of the island's unique Chicory farming history. Chicory has been farmed on the island for many years due to the cool, frost free climate. The root was dug up, washed, chopped, and dried in the kilns, then bagged and sold as a coffee substitute. Built in the late 1920's or early 30's, the kiln on the property was operated until the 1970's and converted into the B&B in 1990 by the present owners. Many kilns are still on the island, but now used mostly for farm storage.
While at a nearby beach, we watched a lovely little sailboat come in for the evening. It was the perfect photo op... LOVED the bright red sail! I rarely see scenes like this, so I was beyond thrilled. And check out that cool cloud on the left. I didn't notice it when I took the shot, and was even more thrilled when I saw it after downloading. The following day, we headed back home to Melbourne relaxed and smiling. We did manage a few more quick stops on the way back though -you can never have too many photos you know!
The Purple Swamphen has huge feet, bright plumage, and a red bill and frontal shield. Amazing purple!
What fun exploring with girlfriends and cameras! Well, Lucy wasn't a convert yet... but she was great company even without a camera. Since I returned home though, she has purchased a camera! I'm so happy I was able to be there to help Bevlea corrupt her :-)
A couple days after classes were over, Bevlea and I hopped on a plane and flew up north to Cairns, in tropical Queensland. Stay tuned for tons of photos as I share another amazing chapter of the adventure in the next post!