Little Visits: Mansion Dwellers

We have a small break in the weather, and decided that a coffee at Werribee Mansion would be a good start, and a then a stroll around the gardens.  Actually we were both secretly hoping that that the Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoos might still be there.  But no such luck.
At the slowly draining lake in the gardens, the usual Great Egret and Little-pied Cormorant were in residence. Along with a young Australasian Darter, that seems to have taken up domicile in the tallest of the peppercorn trees by the lake.

Plenty of Superb Fairywrens and a lone Australasian Grebe, and we had a fine day to just relax and to put some practice in with the Nikon 1 gear and the superb 70-300mm zoom.

Must write a review on said lens.


The Werribee Mansion in sunlight Nikon V1 10-100mm PD Zoom and a Polarising Filter ISO 140, f/5, 1/250, @22mm

Great Egret. Nice to get some inflight practice with the 300mm lens Nikon 1 V3 CX70-300mm Zoom, ISO160, f/5.6, 1/1600, @300mm
Australasian Darter. Nikon 1 V3 300mm f/4PF +TC1/4, on FT-1 Adapter, ISO160, f/6.3, 1/800
Darter among the peppercorn leaves. Nikon1 V3, CX 70-300mm zoom, ISO 160, f/5.6, 1/1600, @300mm
Australasian Grebe. This is just the millisecond before it sprang into the water. The head is actually going down. Nikon 1 V3, CX 70-300mm ISO 400, f/5.6 1/1000, @ 300mm
Number 2This has had Pre Sharpener Define 2
This little dude came down out of the heights to see what I was doing. Seemed most interested by the ‘click’ of the camera shutter and kept coming out the branch to get a better look. Nikon1 V3, CX 70-300mm Zoom, ISO640, f/5.6, 1/500, @230mm. Define 2
Superb Fairywren. I think this is the matriarch of Timmy the -former- tailess, clan. Nikon 1 V3, CX 70-300mm Zoom, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/500, @300mm
Male Red-rumped Parrot. When I was a little bloke we called them “Grass Parrots”, and I think this is why. Just managed to get him to turn into the sunshine. Nikon 1 V3 CX 70-300mm Zoom, ISO 450, f/5.6, 1/250, @275mm



2 thoughts on “Little Visits: Mansion Dwellers

  1. A lovely fine winter’s day outing David, we will have to have a coffee with you one day at the Werribee Mansion and check out the gardens, when we get down that way in the future. The Yellow-tails have been staying around Sydney longer than usual in quite large flocks, they are starting to diminish now. Your Nickon is producing excellent crisp pics, it makes me want to ‘nick-on out’ and get one 🙂


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