Having spent an amazing few days on Kangaroo Island it was time to head on along the coastline towards the Great Ocean Road on Victoria's rugged south western coastline. Sadly the weather was on the erratic side and we had some strong winds which meant that wildlife photography was a little on the back burner.
I did get the opportunity to try and capture a few landscapes as well as the odd avian friend though.
The Obelisk close to the historic fishing town of Robe, was built to help guide fishing boats back to port and warn them of the dangerous rocks. With stormy seas and spectacular skies I set myself up to try and capture the moment.
Close to the coastal town of Portland is a colony of Australian Fur Seals at Cape Bridgewater. We had heard about this colony and a cliff-top walk, from which you can see them lounging on the rocks. We braved the icy winds in search of these charismatic marine mammals. Upon arrival there was no sign whatsoever of any seals and after waiting for a good twenty minutes, there was still nothing to be seen. Just as we were about to give up and head off, we saw a small group of seals swimming in the stormy seas trying to get back onto their rocky refuge.
London Bridge used to be a double-arched rock formation on the Great Ocean Road until one of the arches crashed into the sea (stranding a group of people on the newly-formed island). It was here my girlfriend and I watched a small colony of Little Penguins come ashore and greet their chicks. Due to the fact they only come ashore at dusk and shy away from light we made sure not to take any pictures so as not to disturb them.
The Great Ocean Road is home to an amazing diversity of wildlife but much of the mammal population can be hard to see. Much of the birdlife can be seen as they feed and flit from perch to perch. The Superb Fairy Wren has to be a favourite among many visitors due to their incredibly striking plumage. The individual above saw its own reflection in my lens and started to display, putting on a superb show that I was more than happy to photograph.
The final spot which we really made the most of was the Triplet Falls in Otway National Park. These stunning falls are set within the lush temperate rainforest, full of tree ferns and spectacularly large trees. Despite the cold conditions and a slight drizzle to go with them I had to make the most of this magnificent spot.