I met old Ted down on the river at North Haven on the mid north east coast of Australia. I had actually just finished filming some Australian Cockatoos in a nest. What a treat that was!
Anyway, I was walking back to my rusty old Ford car when I saw this old man unpacking some fishing gear, and I just had to say hello. He looked like such an interesting chap, and luckily enough he was okay about me filming him.
The more I spoke with Ted, the more stories he shared about the local rivers and his travels over the years. He was actually one of the very first surfers in Australia and loved the waves too!
Old Ted however told me that this trip would probably be his last to the Camden Haven river. I knew I would never see him again, but it was an experience I will surely never forget.
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River Kayak fishing is extremely popular in the Camden Haven River. It must be because of it’s easy access to slow moving waterways, the beauty, and off course the fishing is pretty good.
Photo:Marty Ware- Lone Australian Kayak Fisherman
I have been watching over the last few months the regularity of fisherman mooring up to an oyster lease and throwing out soft plastic lures to entice the mighty flathead.
The Australian flathead loves to hide under the sand and ambush it’s prey. It puts on a fair fight, and is an awesome tasty table fish.
This makes it extremely popular as a target fish that not only provides a ton of fun, but tastes great too!
The Story of this Image
This photograph was taken from the Stingray bridge on the border two small picturesque villages, North Haven and Laurieton, mid north coast of Australia.
I had the idea to plan a shoot from the bridge itself, but I wanted more than just a beautiful river landscape photo.
I knew that to capture the essence of the river something needed to be happening in the image that portrayed the piece and tranquility. Luckily as I walked over the bridge with my 11 year old daughter Karin, I spotted this lone fisherman moored up to a pole and casting away in a very relaxed mode.
He definitely had that peaceful no rush relaxed look to him. At the time of thought, I actually wished it was me out there throwing a line. Who wouldn’t right?
The water also had a silver essence, the trees where reflecting from the rivers edge and also from the Kayak. I knew this would be the perfect opportunity and time for the camera to burst out!
I fired away ten photos and came up with this, as my favourite photo for the day.
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I never knew I would be videoing a Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoo feeding in a Coastal Banksia tree, it was just pure luck.
The truth is I had decided to take the morning off work and go for a surf. The old red Ford was in for repairs and I had to walk to the beach.
I decided to walk along the river to the ocean. I packed my bag and threw in my trusty little camera just in case.
Honestly I just can’t help myself, and new if I did not take a camera at all, a moment just like this could appear at any time.
And of course it did. I was literally only 50 metres from the North Haven river surf break when I heard the distinct call of the Black Cockatoo.
I got as close as I could to the family, but unfortunately one of the parents took the juvenile Cockatoo deeper in the brush where they could not be seen.
One of the parents stayed out to feed on the Coastal Banksia seed and I was able to capture the video above. It was my first time ever to capture this beautiful bird on camera, and I look forward hopefully to many more!
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My daughter Karin and I went out on a well planned weekend, Okkaland video photography field trip. But, the day did not come out as planned, or as expected.
Originall we planned to photograph and capture on video a pair of small Corella Cockatoo’s nesting way up high in a hollow gum tree, not far from Sting Ray bridge at North Haven N.S.W, on the mid north east coast.
To arrive at the destination we had decided to walk along the rivers edge path and see if we could capture any photographic moments on the way.
Luckily we did, and came up with some glorious photographs, that not only shocked me, but stunned me by how beautiful they looked when viewed on the computer, see below!
Photo: This image of the Great Cormorant was taken by daughter Karin at 11 years of age. Who would of ever thought that a black bird of this species could look so beautiful. The black portrays a metallic luminous shine like I have never seen before. Just goes to show what the human eye misses and the camera does not.
On the way we passed through a coastal rain forest pocket that hugged the river bank and Karin also came up with another photograph of a bird we had never witnessed here in Australia, The Australian Blue Eyed Bush Chicken. Or so we thought!
Only to find out that it really is a Juvenile Satin Bower bird. Watch out for information online that is either a hoax or incorrect content. Excuse text on the image.
Karin spotted this bird about a meter of the ground feeding on some native berries.
She froze like ice and with camera in hand started shooting like a pro,also telling me to keep quiet in the process.
Further along I decided to slow our pace and peer into the river mangroves to see what other magical sites may appear. Again Karin with her eagle eyes yelled out “Kingfisher in the trees” and worked on getting a few photos in before it darted off into the mangrove trees.
I had noticed that it had settled about 50 meters away between two forks in the tree. Time to set up the tripod and video camera.
It was a little dark to get a great shot, but it did sit still long enough for me to capture some footage (see video above). I must admit I was a little over excited as it was the very first time I had ever seen one in the wild.
After it flew off in the search for more food we packed up the shoot and headed for the Cockatoo nest only to find it empty and not a Cocky in site!
Normally I would of been a bit bothered by the fact that the planned shoot was a failure, but it sure turned out to be one magic day that will be locked in my mind forever.
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“Karin’s Photo of the Day” the Variegated Fairy Wren.
This little bird was hiding in the brush along the rivers edge and Karin really wanted to get the photo.
I thought it was a really hard shot and maybe even impossible to get, but she showed me, didn’t she.
This stunning crimson red parrot flew down once he saw the free seed on offer on top of the chicken coop.
He seemed to really love it, and it didn’t take long for me him to dig down deep into the container displaying that beautiful fluorescent lime green stripe on his wing.
I have found them to be a little more timid and shy compared to Lorikeets or other parrots.
It was also quite odd to see him on his own, because generally you see them in pairs.
My guess was the female was in the nest nurturing their babies.
I salvaged this photo in my old lap top and just had to share it with you, as I don’t have many photos of the King Parrot.
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Photo: Marty Ware Byron Bay 2015