Hi everyone. If you have ever checked out my YouTube channel you will have seen that I mostly do jazz standards – but this time I thought I’d do something a little different. It’s Freddy Mercury’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, but on solo guitar. No overdubs or backing tracks, just me. Hope you enjoy it.
Point Perry Lookout at Coolum, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is a great spot to watch the migration of humpback whales. Especially in the September/October period as they move south to Antarctica. But there’s also a lot of resident wildlife that can be seen there all year round.
Most striking of all is a pair of Brahminy Kites, which are also known as Red-Backed Sea-Eagles. These stunningly beautiful birds can be seen early morning and late afternoon, gliding along their coastal territory.
Watching the kites’ apparently effortless flight is mesmerising. They cruise long distances, at great speed, with hardly a flap of their wings. The sea-breeze that travels up the cliff face supports them as they search for prey and carrion.
Nestled among the shrubs around the lookout was another pair of birds, much smaller but just as delightful. These were two red-backed fairy wrens. The male is pictured below.
He is not quite fully grown, and is going through a moulting phase. When he reaches the adult stage, he will be a sleek black, but still with his splash of crimson on his back.
At the water’s edge was a reef egret. These birds have a white and a dark grey variety. I initially thought that this one had caught its lunch, but on closer inspection it turned out to just be a leaf.
And a very relaxed and approachable kookaburra let me get up close for this pic!
Not to be outdone, reptiles can also be seen on or around the lookout. Swimming just off the rocks at the foot of the cliff was a loggerhead turtle, and in the trees nearby, a water-dragon.
And the last flying animal I saw was the smallest of all. A tint white butterfly feeding on the flowers of the coastal heath.
Also seen from the lookout on the same day, but sadly not caught on camera, was a manta-ray swimming northwards towards Noosa, and the larger cousin of the brahminy kite, the whistling kite, flying overhead.
It’s wonderful to see such a diversity of life all from this one location, so near to a busy coastal tourist patch.
Hi everyone. My good buddies from Renoir’s Cat and I recently headed to the Brisbane Jazz Club to record a bunch of videos for our YouTube channel. I thought I’d add a couple to my blog for your listening pleasure. If you like the sound of these, you may like to keep an eye on our Facebook page for more video, audio and news.
Hi everyone. A long time between posts I know, but here is something I have been working on recently. This is a lovely bossa nova piece by A.C. Jobim, called ‘Corcovado’. It’s also known as ‘Quiet Night of Quiet Stars’. I hope you enjoy it.
Hi everyone. I have begun the process of recording some short videos of some of my favourite jazz standards, which I have arranged for solo guitar. Only two so far (although one arrangement combines two songs, so I guess that might count as three). I hope you enjoy them. More to follow soon. Cheerio, Michael.