Weekend Wanderings: Wine and Wildlife Tour Part 1
Last weekend two friends and I did a Wine and Wildlife Tour in the Yarra Valley. The tour started at Healesville Sanctuary, so we got there very early. I was keen to try the Tamron 150-600mm lens that I have on loan from Maxwell International Australia. I hoped to photograph some more birds there and maybe get some great close ups of some of the animals.
According to the brochure at Healesville we would get this, “Your wine and wildlife package begins at Healesville Sanctuary where a personal guide will meet you and take you on an interactive and information tour of Australia’s unique and endangered wildlife.” I have to say this didn’t happen. We were told we might be able to get a personal guide, but then they would only take us around and tell us things about the animals. So no interactive anything. First disappointment of the day.
The koalas were asleep. They looked so cute, like little furry balls in the trees.
It was a beautiful sunny morning and even the kangaroos were enjoying the sun. Many of them were lying down and it was great to be able to get lots of very close up shots.
A platypus, not a very good image I’m afraid. The area they are in is so dark and they move so fast. This one was just sort of sitting there, so I managed to get something. Apparently there are some in the wild around here, but I need to get up very early to see them, so I might have to do that.
Some goannas, also just lying around enjoying the sun. It is hard when most of the animals in your country are nocturnal and you aren’t.
A Tasmanian devil. Very cute too, though judging by the teeth, might not be nice to be in the cage with it.
A lyre bird, they are like Australia’s own peacocks, well that is what I’ve thought. They have big feathers at the back, maybe not as pretty. They are known to mimic the sounds of their natural environment.
The wedgetail eagle was also there. I do love this bird, I love photographing them. So serious and dangerous, but also so beautiful.
The Tamron lens was so good for the zoo, and I really like how close it gets me to the animals and birds. I did have trouble photographing the bird show as it was a bit awkward to use. Perhaps I just need to practice. I might try going back and seeing what I can get with it. I did get some great shots and you will see them in the gallery I’m about to put up.
This was the first part of the Wine and Wildlife tour. I thought I would show you the photos taken with the Tamrom 150-600mm lens. As soon as the Spirits of the Sky was done I changed my lens to the macro and then it was off to lunch, but that is part 2, you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for that.