Three Little Birds*

Blue-breasted Fairy Wren by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Blue-breasted Fairy Wren, Malurus pulcherrimus. Denmark, Western Australia.

 

Out On A Limb by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
A New Holland Honeyeater feeding on a bottlebrush. Walpole, Western Australia.

 

White-breasted Robin by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
White-breasted Robin, Eopsaltria geogiana, at the Denmark ornitarium, Western Australia.

 

Away down south in the Denmark Walpole region the other week. It was blissful with temperatures in the low 20s rather than the high 30s and low 40s we have in York. We had a great deal of fun walking around Wilson and Nornalup Inlets spotting and photographing birds. Here are three of the photos I took. All of them were taken with the Olympus OMD EM1 and the Panasonic Leica 100-400mm f4-6.3 Asph Vario-Elmar lens, of which I’ll have more to say in a little while. It is a lightweight combination that makes wandering around like this much more enjoyable than carrying my full frame Canon set up.

*The title to this week’s blog post comes from Bob Marley‘s 1980 single Three Little Birds

 

 

Originally the song was a track on the 1977 album Exodus and its release as a single in 1980 was somewhat of a surprise as Marley had released the Uprising album also that year. The song was well liked globally and is one Marley’s most popular songs – it’s feel good factor and catchy melody puts an instant smile on your face and before you can catch your self you find your self singing the chorus. Within 8 months Bob Marley had died from malignant melanoma. I remember the day very well, in fact I was still at school, Chichester High School for Boys Sixth form, and the next day one of my class mates, Chris Goodwin, gave a eulogy for him in the sixth form assembly much to the consternation of some of the staff. Chichester was an incredibly conservative place back then, people would joke that if there was a pig wearing a tory blue rosette it would be voted in as the Conservative MP for the town. Bob Marley left a powerful legacy as a third world performer who transcended his start as a niche world music performer to become a global superstar who spread a message of hope and love.

 

Summer Break

Wilson Inlet by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Helen and Frida pausing for a sit down while following the Bibbulmun Track alongside Wilson Inlet, Denmark, Western Australia. iPhone panorama.

 

Normally summer is pretty full on here in the vast Wheatbelt Metropolis that is York – temperatures hovering around the 40 ℃ (104 ℉) mark. Consequently most people here plan on getting away to the coast during summer for some respite from temperatures more akin to a low oven setting rather than the weather. I say “normally” as this years weather is really topsy-turvy, but as we had to make the accommodation booking some 6 months in advance we went any way. Our preferred escape York/the heat destination is Denmark – no not the country, the town on the south coast of Western Australia.

 

Private Jetty by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Walking round Wilson Inlet on the Bibbulmun Track. Denmark, Western Australia. iPhone panorama.

 

We rent the same house on Wilson Inlet as it enables us to walk the Bibbulmun Track that follows the edge of the Inlet for some distance. The track has been an abiding interest for us for many years, Helen has end to ended on it, me I’ve just done one over night and lots of day walks. It is always a great pleasure to get out into the bush.

 

Looking Up by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Looking Up. Walking up to Mount Hallowell on the Bibbulmun Track, Denmark, Western Australia. Olympus OMD EM1 with Olympus m.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/100th sec, f8, at ISO 200.

For a more strenuous walk we climbed Mount Hallowell, Helen reckons it is one of the harder sections on the whole track. We managed it relatively easily – which probably has more to do with the fact that we weren’t encumbered by 10Kg back packs.

 

Follow the Snake by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Follow the Snake – the Wagyl trail markers. Helen on the granite outcrops on Mount Hallowell. Denmark, Western Australia. Olympus OMD EM1 with Olympus m.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/160 th sec, f4, at ISO 400.

 

We walked up Mount Hallowell – which is more of a big hill than a mountain, and then on to Monkey Rock, which is a granite outcrop on the southern side of the hill that gives 270 degree views over the surrounding karri forest, southern coastline and Wilson Inlet. Despite the stunning views I took no photos as the air was very hazy. Still there’s always next time!

 

Sun Up by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Sun Up. The sun comes up over the peak. Mount Hallowell, Denmark, Western Australia. Olympus OMD EM1 with Olympus m.Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/400th sec, f8, at ISO 200.