Monday, August 25, 2014

Wallaby punch up

A series of 21 photos in a video slideshow. The images were taken over several minutes recently in Brindabella National Park.

Two red-necked wallabies engage in battle in front of the camera's infra-red light. The motion activated camera was set to take 1 picture with a one second delay between reset. The time stamps tell the story...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

What is lurking in the Brindabellas?

Tim the Yowie Man recently stirred my memory to a video I captured in Namadgi in 2012.

Tim found a series of footprints in fresh snow in a locked off area of Namadgi recently which left him wondering about their origin.

Tim the Yowie Man's Bigfoot

All I can say to you Tim is sometimes when you think your alone in the bush you may not be. Or is this the owner of your footprints?

My comment on YouTube:

"First posted this video on another channel some time ago (2012). I want to include it here. I have often pondered this short clip. Probably viewed it thousands of times. I have also wished the quality was better, that I had set the video time longer and that the late afternoon sun was better. It is what it is.

As a backstory I arrived late afternoon on foot after a 1 km walk. I knew where I was going to hang the camera so literally arrived and spent two minutes securing the camera to a tree overlooking a well used animal track, turning it on and leaving.

I returned two weeks later, picked up the camera and discovered a 'head' leaning into frame in the video of me leaving. I have had many opinions offered over time from, person in balaclava, pig hunter to yowie. All I can say is I was confident I was alone, it was not me returning and it haunted me for a while."

It doesn't worry me any more but I must admit to being more wary on my wanderings. Don't panic Canberra. I'm not saying we have a plague of yowies but something to ponder next time your bushwalking...

City to the Lake

A Canberra Times article titled 'Government considers geothermal technology to heat Lake Beach' which in it's self is a fascinating addition/concept.

More so the article hosts the promotional video with an overview of the project.

I have to admit it's probably the most exciting local endeavour I've seen in this town probably in my life. Worth a look. It's going to change how we use this town...

Canberra Times Article - Geothermal lake pool

This is the ACT government youtube fly-over..

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Note on remote wildlife photography

One of the hobbies I enjoy is videoing & photographing wildlife in the wild setting. Preferably while I'm not there.

It really is an inexpensive & easy process. I'm looking for the unusual or rare and interactions devoid of human influence. I've been doing it for about 4 years often leaving the camera's and audio recorders out for weeks, even several months at a time.

Periodically I post images and video of what is captured after sifting through sometimes thousands of photographs and short videos to find interesting images and behaviours. Things that interest me at any rate like quolls, feral densities, mating behaviours and even the odd well contested wallaroo punch up.

Because I often get questions after these occasional social media offerings, and as I picked up a camera that had been out 2 months I'm reviewing, I thought I might get the jump on the two most commonly asked questions.

1. Equipment. Ltl Acorn camera. $130 eBay. There are better brands with much higher quality, settings and battery life which of course cost more and a Sony Notetaker. The audio recorder will run 5 days & nights non stop on highest quality. GPS. Essential. Or you'll never find your gear again.

2. Method. I took some intermittent video yesterday. Four minutes out of 5 hours. It's basically bushwalking with a purpose. I look for rocky ridge lines of gullies and remote water sources but you could hang one anywhere or manner likely to capture wildlife...

So if you don't mind gps-ing yourself to a pre-explored destination in the hope of interesting wildlife media it adds a bit of spice to an average bush walk.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Canberra's bicentenary

One of the things about Canberra that puzzles me is the apparent memory loss of the near century of occupation before Lady Denman proclaimed Canberra as Australia's new national capital in 1913.

We have just finished a year long celebration of Canberra's first hundred years as a capital city but it may interest people to know in regard to the area's discovery we are approaching our historical second centenary.

The Sydney Morning Herald - 9 May 1927

National Library of Australia

So just food for thought. May 23, 2023 marks 200 years since Canberra's official discovery.

Having said all that it is also noted that : "The first Europeans into the area were Joseph Wild, James Vaughan and Charles Throsby Smith who discovered the Limestone Plains upon which modern day Canberra is sited. The following year Dr Charles Throsby reached Tuggeranong and two years later (1823) Joshua Moore's Canberry station was established."

In fact I think the latter true of North Canberra and Curry the expedition of the south where he first discovered the Murrumbidgee River, allegedly around today's Pine Island. South Canberra then on to the Monaro.

So 1820, 1822 or 1823? The official record and settlers movements don't always marry up.

1823 seems the date to aim for for a bicentenary though be it discovery of the south or first official settlement... Regardless 7, 8 or 9 years is probably a bit early to plan a celebration.

History lost through lack of funding

  The following ABC article laments the possible loss of many historical audio visual records that are waiting for digitising into modern fo...