Waiting for the right moment at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

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Regurgitating on the beach at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Regurgitating on the beach at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Photography is a lot like fishing. Both activities are favorite hobbies of mine, which keep me extremely busy. Wether I take my camera or fishing rod, it’s almost every time a passionate and exciting adventure. Both can be extremely satisfying when your results exceeds your expectations, but can be just as frustrating, when you missed that golden opportunity. A lot of the time, a portion of good luck is involved.

Almost perfect at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Almost perfect at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

To be at the right spot at the right time, with the right equipment to capture the moment. Sure, everyone can take a photo of a sunset or drop a prawn on a hook at the jetty. Sometimes, we are lucky enough to land a nice catch or take a great photo. But if you are really passionate about either hobby, it pays to do some research. I explained my fishing homework in a previous post, these are my thoughts on photography.

Light factor at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Light factor at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

The most important factor for photography is light. This influences the shutter speed of the camera. The more light, the faster the shutter speed is the general rule.

Fast shutter speed at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Fast shutter speed at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

The faster the shutter speed, the clearer is the image of a moving object. That’s the theory, which is often very hard to transfer to practice. 

Beach wallabies at sunrise at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Beach wallabies at sunrise at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

The main draw card that got me interested to visit Cape Hillsborough was the fact, that wallabies and kangaroos gather each morning on the beach. Knowing that the sun rises over Wedge Island at the same time, taking a photo of one or more kangaroos with sunrise colours was my ultimate goal.

Ready to hop at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Ready to hop at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Getting there wasn’t easy and I am still not overly happy with the results.

Fast moving focus point at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Fast moving focus point at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

When in full hopping motion, wallabies are incredibly fast and hard to focus on.

Silhouette and shadows at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Silhouette and shadows at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

There are other factors which add to a great photo. Silhouettes, shadows and reflections add depth and structure to a photo.

Focusing on the body, I cut off the shadow at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Focusing on the body, I cut off the shadow at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Putting all these factors together in a split moment is quiet difficult. Knowing that I will spend a few days at Cape Hillsborough gave me some time to do my homework.

Sunny early morning light at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Sunny early morning light at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Perceiving light conditions early mornings, surrounding nature as well as the animals’ movements before and after the feeding procedure was my focus point. Being out early morning fishing way before sunrise, these marsupials actually forage the beach for nutritious food.

Moonlight reflections at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Moonlight reflections at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

The moon light was bright and reflected over tidal flats. Being all alone on the beach and seeing these cute animals hopping along was an incredible experience.

Wallaby gathering at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Wallaby gathering at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

As first light shines over the horizon, they congregate closer together at a speculated area. This appears to be where first tourists arrive and watch these wallabies mingle.

Early morning exercise at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Early morning exercise at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Disagreements between some males are seen every morning, which results in a tail boxing matchup.

Testosterone overdrive at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Testosterone overdrive at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

These are testosterone driven dominance issue with rivals. They are quickly solved and appear fairly harmless.

Insured  worrier at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Insured worrier at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

However, I did notice one male moving in ‘feeding motion’ from the beach one morning, he wasn’t able to skip away. 

Feeding grounds at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Feeding grounds at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

The Rangers leaves a few heaps of leaf pallets, which are enough for each wallaby and kangaroo to munch on without causing aggression. 

Time to skip on at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Time to skip on at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Once, all food has been eaten, the marsupials disburse mostly in northern direction along the beach. This is the area I am speculating for sun reflecting photos. If the tourists circle cuts this direction off, they hop south towards the headland.

Twisted at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Twisted at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Adult males move on their own, whilst females and younger males hop in small groups. A social and secure matter it seems. Ideally, for the perfect photo, I came to following conclusion.

Hopeful predictions at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Hopeful predictions at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

It should be an outgoing tide at half way, leaving enough moisture on the beach for a reflective bonus and not too much space for the wallabies to bypass you.

Early morning skip at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Early morning skip at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Some low clouds over the far horizon add structure and depth in colours. They also delay the intense direct sunlight for half an hour, which enriches early morning colours within the clouds.

Wet and cold conditions at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Wet and cold conditions at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

This didn’t happen the first few days. Rainy and windy conditions greeted me and the wallabies those days. That was good in the way, as I could concentrate on the wallabies themselves.

Curious kangaroo at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Curious kangaroo at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

The young, hand raised eastern grey kangaroo was the tallest of the mob. She was incredibly curious about a lot of things around her. She was scanning the ocean like I do before I go out fishing. Quiet amusing.

Agile Wallabies at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Agile Wallabies at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

All other marsupials are Agile Wallabies. By the time the sun did peak through the clouds, all wallabies had already left.

Young male agile wallaby in painting setting at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Young male agile wallaby in painting setting at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

I took some photos in the painting setting and I am happy with the outcome. This filter gives a completely different perspective on shapes and colours.

Full moon lighting up Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Full moon lighting up Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Being out on Maniyak again early mornings, the setting almost full moon shone even brighter.

Stars shining over Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Stars shining over Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

The stars were shining brightly over the horizon, it’s going to be a fabulous morning for a photo shoot. As I was thinking that, I noticed fog coming in from the bay. Covering the headlands first, before eventually engulfing the beach and forest.

Wallabies are lost in the fog at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Wallabies are lost in the fog at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

It was spooky and even the mammals weren’t sure on what’s going on. I was hoping for the sun to burn through the clouds whilst the kangaroo and wallabies were still on the beach, but the fog was as thick as pea soup. This however, gave a completely different spectrum to the whole photo scenario.

Wet beach reflections in sepia at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Wet beach reflections in sepia at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

The beach kept wet and opted for clear wallaby reflections on the sand.

Full moon over Palm trees at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Full moon over Palm trees at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

As the full moon was setting over yet another reflective beach, first light was appearing over Wedge Island.

First light over Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

First light over Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

I turned my head and camera frequently to capture either event. Just breathtaking.

Sunrise goers at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Sunrise goers at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Some wallabies had gathered already at the feeding grounds, whilst others were still foraging in the distance.

Boxing ring of spectators at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Boxing ring of spectators at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Some males had their usual stand off disagreements, which look quite dramatic. 

The wallabies left the feeding frenzy northwards as I hoped for. The sun was fairly high already and the tide a fair way out. It was hard to predict the wallabies movement.

Hopping in to the sunrise at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Hopping in to the sunrise at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

I captured a single male hopping along.

Enjoying the sunrise at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Enjoying the sunrise at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

 

He even paused for me on the reflecting beach. Really cute. 

Let’s move it, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Let’s move it, Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

A surprisingly large group set off right along the waters edge.

Too far off for a great reflection photo at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Too far off for a great reflection photo at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

A tidal channel gave awesome reflections, but I was to far away. Ha ha, it’s always like that isn’t it?

In step, March! Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

In step, March! Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

A few lead the group and waited for the rest to catch up.

Wait for me! Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Wait for me! Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Once they were all together again, some hopped off again and waited further on. I hadn’t noticed this behavior before, but I sure wish that I had been in a more favorable spot to capture this. This is all part off photography and life in general; observe and learn.

Three steps of skipping at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

Three steps of skipping at Cape Hillsborough, Queensland, Australia

One photo is a favourite of mine as it shows three wallabies in three different stages of hopping. Classic. 

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