Trip 34, part 1 – Annual migration south

Everyone that knows the Budgies, knows that we spend each summer holiday down at Augusta, in the South West of W.A.

Like many families, you have those places which evoke good vibes and feelings. The place doesn’t have to be the prettiest, or the most exciting, but it needs something to bring you back every year. And, Augusta is that place for us.

Each year our family and many of our friends migrate the 300kms south from Perth to pitch tents, or increasingly manoeuvre caravans at the Flinders Bay Caravan Park. This year Augusta turned the weather on spectacularly!

For my recent half-century birthday present, I treated myself to a new camera and 100-400mm telephoto lens, so there’s plenty of pics here where I’m playing with new camera features and/or the new lens.

If you’ve been a long-term reader of our blog then you’ll have read about what we do on our Augusta pilgrimage so rather than writing lots of words, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Harriet relaxing at camp

Harriet looking majestic
Harriet
Harriet

I tried heaps of shots of the Splendid Blue Wrens that inhabit the campground using my new telephoto lens.

The resplendid male wren
What’s up there? Female wrens a watching something.
Some of the female wrens that move around the campground
A female wren that moves around the campground
The resplendid male wren
The resplendid male wren
The resplendid male wren
The resplendid male wren
The pretty but bloody annoying Bronzewing Pigeon. The male likes to do his mournful “woo woo” around our campsite
Bronzewing Pigeon
Playing around with my new telephoto lens
The resplendid male wren
The resplendid male wren
The resplendid male wren
The resplendid male wren
Wren
More wrens
More wrens
More wrens

Mads and George at camp

The many faces of Mads
The many faces of Mads
The many faces of Mads
Nice George
Georgia posing pics
Georgia posing pics
Georgia posing pics
Georgia posing pics
Georgia posing pics

General shots from the holiday

Playing around with my new telephoto lens
Playing around with my new telephoto lens
Playing around with my new telephoto lens
Playing around with my new telephoto lens – Redgate beach showing the burnt-out forest in the background from the pre-Christmas fires
Playing around with my new telephoto lens
Kangaroo Paws near the campsite
Looking back over Grannys Pool

Rocks near the WaterWheel
Shooting with my new 100-400mm telephoto lens. At 400mm with a 1.4 teleconverter so effective focal length 560mm, or 1120mm on a full-frame camera,
Spot the skink poking his head out
A beautiful little bay east of the Waterwheel
A crab
Some of the calcified limestone rocks
A small freshwater spring dribbling over the cliff into the ocean
Mads trying to get a tern to move for me so I can take a pic

Pics from Firetail winery

Firetail winery
An immature Robin at Firetail winery
An immature Robin at Firetail winery
An immature Robin at Firetail winery with a big caterpillar
An immature Robin at Firetail winery smashing the crap out of the caterpillar. Note how he’s jumped and is using his body weight to smash the bug.

Handheld pics using the in-camera ND filter!

Playing around with the built-in neutral density filter in my new camera. This shot had an ND32 applied and was handheld! I’m impressed with the sharpness of the rocks
Playing around with the built-in neutral density filter in my new camera. This shot had an ND32 applied and was handheld! I’m impressed with the sharpness of the rocks

Lunch at Mr Barval winery

Our wine tasting and cheese boards at one of our favourites, Mr Barval winery
We got a private cellar tour at Mr Barvalls

Our annual degustation lunch with paired wines at Hayshed Hill winery

Lunch at Hayshed Hill winery
Lunch at Hayshed Hill winery

Pics from Mad’s whilst they waited to pick us up from our boozy lunch

Bunker Bay
Harriet surveying Geographe Bay

Pics from our day trip out to Windy Harbour and through the tall timber behind Northcliffe

Salmon Beach, Windy Harbour
Salmon Beach, Windy Harbour
Salmon Beach, Windy Harbour
Salmon Beach, Windy Harbour
A goanna at Windy Harbour
Log at Northcliffe
Building in Northcliffe

Ocean gulls on the Blackwood River

Ocean Gulls
Ocean Gulls
Ocean Gulls
Ocean Gulls

Some action shots of Harriet on the beach

Action shots of Harriet tearing up and down the beach
Action shots of Harriet tearing up and down the beach
Action shots of Harriet tearing up and down the beach
Action shots of Harriet tearing up and down the beach
Action shots of Harriet tearing up and down the beach
Action shots of Harriet tearing up and down the beach
Action shots of Harriet tearing up and down the beach
Action shots of Harriet tearing up and down the beach
And after all the running you need to poo
Which Jules enjoyed picking up

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