Wet Season Roebuck Bay

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Juvenile Zebra shark (Stegostoma fasciatum) in the waters off Thangoo.

After a period of being landlocked, we packed our cameras and headed out in the dinghy yesterday for a cruise around Roebuck Bay, enjoying unseasonal easterly winds.  Our prevailing wet season winds are westerlies, which make for choppy conditions in Roebuck Bay. Heading across the bay to the waters off Thangoo, we spotted six of these gorgeous little newborn Zebra … Read More

Roebuck Plains Wet Season

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Black-winged stilt

The 2013-2014 wet season got off to a flying start in December 2013, with falls of 205mm, followed by 390mm in January 2014.  To the south of Broome, Roebuck Plains is a vast, flat catchment, subject to tidal saltwater inundation from Roebuck Bay, with millions of litres of freshwater flowing back into the bay after sustained rainfall.   In the … Read More

Kimberley Wildlife Expedition Cruise 2014

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Kimberley Whales and Reefs Wildlife Expedition Cruise 2014

Join Broome film makers, photographers,  and naturalists Richard Costin and Annabelle Sandes on a 7 day wildlife expedition cruise along the Kimberley coast.  Travelling through some of the most remote parts of Australia, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph Humpback whales in their calving grounds as we travel through the Kimberley’s remarkable Buccaneer Archipelago, and the outer reefs and shoals. … Read More

Fishy frenzy

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29th March: On watch from 2am on SPV Odyssey and cruising down the Dampier Peninsula, I was astonished to see schools of prawns and sardines dancing in the glare of the spotlights off Pender Bay.

Stalking crocodiles

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Great billed heron

Another shore excursion…I wasn’t looking for crocodiles and was hoping they weren’t looking for me, but walking around in the mangroves at Augustus Island, one of the larger islands on the Kimberley coast you do feel as though you’re being watched with a view to dinner.

Photographing birds – Adele Island

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A masked booby on Adele Island on the Kimberley coast.

  65km off the Kimberley coast lies Adele Island, a low grassy fish-hooked shaped mound  surrounded by extensive sandy reef flats.  Although a tiny speck on the map, Adele is an important breeding ground for Masked and Brown boobies (Sula dactylatra and Sula leucogaster), Lesser Frigage birds (Fregata ariel), terns, pelicans, and various waders. In 2010 and 2011 we visited … Read More