Australia Trip: Sydney

November 20, 2014  •  1 Comment

Our first stop in Australia was Sydney, where we stayed for three days.  We arrived at Sydney airport later than expected, after an unplanned landing at Adelaide due to misty conditions in Sydney. As we took our taxi to the centre of the city, I began spotting Ibis, pelicans and several birds of prey. This started to excite me and by the time we had settled into our hotel rooms, my family were jet lagged and exhausted. I was determined to beat jet lag and began photographing long exposures of Sydney Bridge and the Opera House from my hotel room window. We then went out for dinner and by the point I was exhausted!

The next day, after being terribly confused on what the date was (the travelling lost us a day), we realised we didn’t have a free day but a pretty packed day. We boarded a boat that toured around Sydney Harbour. We then walked to the opera house and to the Sydney Botanical Gardens where I stayed alone for the rest of the afternoon.

 

I managed to photograph Rainbow Lorikeet,

Noisy Miner

Grey Butcherbird

Masked Lapwing

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Sacred Ibis

Australlian Wood Duck

Laughing Kookaburra

The next day, we woke up early to head up to Blue Mountains.

Our guide drove us through the bush in search of kangaroos. Unfortunately, we did not find any but I did get the chance to photograph some more Kookaburras.

We then visited viewing points and walked along a trail overlooking Blue Mountains. My sister and I also climbed up a small waterfall.

After lunch, we headed to a zoo which we didn’t realise was part of our day trip bundle. I mostly photographed any species I knew we would not see in the wild and also some of the wild birds that fly in and out of enclosures.

Fairy Penguin (Captive)

Cattle Egret

The following afternoon we were leaving Sydney and flying to Cairns. Instead of having a lie in (like the family!), I woke up early and walked to the Sydney Botanical Gardens and focused on the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.

I was told when we were planning the trip that Sydney wasn't incredibly exciting (compared to the other places we were going to visit) and that we'd only want to spent a few days there. However, I really enjoyed Sydney; wildlife was abundant in the botanical gardens and the city was great too.

Next blog will feature Cairns which may take a while for me to publish as I need to edit a video for it! Thanks for reading!


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Jack Barton(non-registered)
Great blog Danielle! I especially like the last photograph of the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, the low angle is cool!
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