Friday, October 11, 2013

The Humpback Highway.....


A familiar sight along our coast from May through to November.. Each year around April the humpback whales begin their migration from the cold Antarctica waters to breed in the warmer waters around Australia.. their return trip in September through December sees them coming so close  to the coast that sometimes you can see them from the shore. It's the most amazing experience and we are so privileged to observe these magnificent creatures on their annual odyssey. These shots were taken last week by Bill when he took his sister and niece visiting from Scotland on a whale watching cruise (a must do trip) out of Hillary's Boat Harbour..Me! I was stuck in the kitchen :)) Merci beaucoup for letting me show these shots Bill. Hope you have a fab Friday, take care and stay safe.....



36 comments:

  1. Haaa.... beautiful series, Grace, so exotic to me :-)

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  2. Bill took some really great photos here.

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  3. Woaw! Fabulous shots!
    I saw whales only in Iceland , and I loved that so much, it's moving and impressive!

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  4. I saw some of them last year, on september, when we went to Madagascar. It was very exciting!
    Wish you a nice w.e.
    Erika

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  5. Wow - I've never seen whales in the wild. What an experience it must be!

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  6. Wonderful wild creatures. Now PM Abe, you'll not be hunting them again, will you.

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  7. FABULOUS photo's grace...... very well done.

    Greetings, Joop

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  8. Fantastic ! A wonder of nature, cia

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  9. We used to have blue whales migrating off of San Diego. Nice to be so close

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  10. Amazing captures ... Well done to Bill

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  11. Amazing. Great series of shots for sure, but sorry you were stuck I the kitchen.

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  12. Wow some good shots, wouldn't want to get much closer than that.

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  13. wonderful captures!!!

    They are here now, and VERY early this year. They send "bonjour" mon ami


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral
    =^..^= <3

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  14. Super shots of these majestic animals. They are hard to capture, not knowing where and when they are going to surface. Well done Bill.

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  15. Amazing photos. Never seen a whale myself. Must remember that if/when I come visit ;)

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  16. Bravo to Bill! These are great whale photos.

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  17. Great shot. I would have loved to have been there.

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  18. Magnificent. You are so fortunate to have this at your doorstop, so to speak. We've seen a bit of it off Alaska and Costa Rica.

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  19. Absolutely stunning, thanks to you and Bill for showcasing these! We see them right off Hawaii when they migrate to give birth in tropical waters - what magnificent creatures!

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  20. Wow - amazing shots of these magnificent creatures!

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  21. wow These are wonderful pictures, precious moment there!Bill is a talented photographer!Thanks for sharing,
    Léia

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  22. Fabulous photos. I used to love watching the whales off Cape Town. Have a great weekend Diane

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  23. Love the meaning of this post, the wonder of Life, the beauty of our world! Thanks!

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  24. That's amazing. I don't think we see these in Florida! Beautiful creatures!

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  25. These are wonderful photos, it is so difficult to catch them in a photo. We once made a trip in Canada and all I had afterwords were photos of a sea with a little splash in it. They are so fast, have gone before you can click.

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  26. Wow. We have taken several whale watching trips, but we have never gotten photos like this.

    In California, the whale watching boats are required to stay quite a distance away from the whales so that the whales are not bothered. I think it was about 100 yards or meters.

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    1. Hi Dave, The rules are similar here - 200 metres, but if the boat is stationary and the whales approach it is OK. They were surfacing all around us!!
      Bill

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    2. Thank you for the clarification. It might be 200 meters in California as well.

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  27. Oh my gosh, what fantastic photos these are. I've never had this experience before and I would love to go on a whale watching cruise sometime soon. What a magnificent sight it must be.

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  28. To quote Scotty in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: There be whales here!!!!

    Beautiful, Grace!

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  29. Wow!!! You really got some great shots here!!!

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  30. Something I have never done. Amazing how close you can get to these beauties! Terrific photos!!

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  31. These photos are amazing! I had just read Short Breaks - The Shires when I came upon your photo blog. I want to experience this!!

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  32. WOW! This is National Geographic! :-) Fantastic!

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