Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Shelly Beach Once More

With the temperature starting to drop I thought I would get over to Shelly Beach near Manly one more time. As usual the water was crystal clear and I managed to get a few decent shots.




As always the highlight was the Blue Groper's, I may have gone a little overboard with the amount of photos.


































The bay was swarming with little guys too.

A bright Neon Damsel amongst the Mado












As fishing is not allowed within the aquatic reserve, there is a decent population of Bream.


And of course the regulars:

Common Stripey and Mado line up




I liked the reflection of these Indo-Pacific Sergeant's 



Monday, 3 April 2017

Triboard Full Face Snorkel Mask Review

For the last few years everywhere I go there seems to be a new wave of snorkelers wearing full face masks. I have always been interested in but never had a chance to give one a go. However, recently I linked up with a champion snorkeler and all around good bloke Keith from https://fullfacesnorkelmask.com.au/about-us/. Keith kindly sent me a Triboard Easybreath to try out and review.

The beast
I must admit I had my doubts about full face masks, thinking that they seemed too good to be true. But within a few minutes of strapping it on I was really enjoying myself. Breathing immediately felt more natural than a typical mouthpiece and the field of vision was massive. What I was really impressed with was the ability use both your nose and mouth, which really felt as close to breathing on land as you can get. It's not so much a replacement for a normal snorkelling mask but rather a completely different experience, great for floating along the surface and taking a relaxing meditative view at what's below.

Pro's

  • Perfect for a beginner - so easy to use, and doesn't give that feeling of struggling to breath 
  • Because it has such a large pocket of air in the mask, you become more buoyant than a typical mask
  • Doesn't fog and big field of view
Con's
  • Not designed for diving down due to the amount of buoyancy 
  • Makes you look like a bank robber ;) 
If you're in the market for a great full face mask I definitely recommend Keith and the team at https://fullfacesnorkelmask.com.au/shop/







Friday, 10 March 2017

Lil Bay Macro Post

As the weather hasn't been great lately, water visibility has been pretty much unphotographable. So I thought I would try my hand at some macro shots in the small rockpool on the Southern Side of Little Bay. 

Unfortunately, my little Nikon Aw130 doesn't quite have the chops of bigger setups for close-up photography, but I still had fun. These little guys had a real knack knack for camoflague:








As it was so choppy, the water's surface had really interesting ripple effect I liked.




Even the coral and anemones were looking great:












I managed to score a few shots of this hermit crab poking his head out 




 I also had a bit of fun with Banded Arm Brittle Star





Thursday, 16 February 2017

Cabbage Tree Bay - Long Weekend

With a long weekend, I figured it was worth getting out of my local neighbourhood and hitting one of my favourite South Sydney spots... Cabbage Tree Bay. The water was cool and clear so this is another pretty long post.

There were a few big Blue Gropers out in force. Surprisingly the Eastern Blue Groper is not actually a 'grouper' but in fact a wrasse. The juveniles are typically a greenish brown, in females this shifts to a reddish brown with age, whilst the adult male are bright blue. They can grow to be 1.2m, with a round belly, heavy scales, and thick lips.






There was also a heap of other wrasses out and about.

Senator Wrasse:



Crimson Banded Wrasse:




Maori Wrasse:





Their juvenile offspring:


























And my first ever Rainbow Wrasse:







I also found a massive Old Wife, hiding down deep.









There was a couple of Indo-Pacific Sergeant's enjoying the clear water.


Not to mention an adult and child pair of Neon Damsel's.


I haven't yet figured out this black and yelllow fellow.







I also didn't know this spotty:



I found a great Blacksaddle Goatfish:




There were plenty of Black Tipped Bullseye's:



A big school of Squid:


There were Rock Cale's chewing on algae everywhere:



A terrific Fan Bellied File Fish:





I love this bay.