Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hobart 2012

Flew to Hobart on 14th December 2012. Tasmania is an island, when looking at the map of Australia, it is a small island. Its 68,332 sq km is slightly smaller than Sabah which is 73,619 sq km. If you imagine taking 9 hours to drive from Tawau ti Kota Kinabalu, you will feel that Tasmania is not so small as it looks on the Australian map. 
Here are some travel pictures as well as birds that are cooperative enough for my Panasonic GF 1 and 14-45 mm lens.
This is the view from the cockpit before landing at Hobart, it is almost 100% cloud cover.
This is the view below the cloud. A totally different perspective.
Welcome to Hobart, Tasmania.
Country scene outside Hobart, which is so different from our trees-dominated landscape. 
Pirate of Salamanca.
Salamanca week-end Market.
Salamanca week-end Market.
Glow in the dark candles at Salamanca week-end Market. 
Pizza vender with his oven at Salamanca week-end Market.
 Street artist at Salamanca week-end Market.
Salamanca week-end Market.
Hobart city.
 Elizabeth a Street, Hobart.
Long Beach, Hobart. See the human tolerant Silver Gulls Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae.
Kelp Gull Larus dominicanus, much bigger than Silver Gull and quite approachable.
Float on Long Beach, on it  are two preening Black-faced Cormorant Phalacrocorax fuscescens.
Walk way along Long Beach.
A Common Starling Sturnus Vulgaris in winter Plumage foraging on the rocks next to the shore line. This species is a rare vagrant to NW Borneo. One was photographed last year at Penampang. Looking at its foraging ground, I suspect they might forage at our shore as well when wintering here.
Immature Common Starling Sturnus Vulgaris is a dull looking bird.
Scene at Long Beach.
 Scene at Long Beach.
Australian Magpie Cracticus tibicen hypoleuca, also known as White-backed Magpie. There are eight races of this in Australia.
 Immature Australian Magpie.
More to come on Tasmania.


John Holmes said...

Tasmania is great, it's like New Zealand with birds !

Thanks for the reminder !

Wong Tsu Shi said...

You are absolutely right, John.