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Star Trails & Night time on Bruny Island

Something I have always wanted to see - the Northern Lights!
Though obviously, being in Australia, these are the Southern Lights, or aurora australis
After dark, we returned to The Neck (the bit that joins the two islands) to take some photos of the stars, a passion of mine, to get 'star trails' - but what a surprise to look at the photos and see the Southern Lights visible. Not visible to the naked eye, but they showed up with even a 10 second exposure.
The longer the exposure on the camera, the more time the earth has to rotate, so you get movement shown by the star trails.
If you know where to point the camera, you can find the south (or north) star, to get a complete 360 degree rotation. This shot took aroun half an hour exposure.

The Neck is home to hundreds of Little Penguins and Shot-Tailed Shearwaters, that come in at night to next in their burrows. so all around you hear the restless shuffling and squabbling of the wildlife.
This little Shearwater may have stunned himself on the banister when coming in to land.

Eric's photos:

Posted by charlystyles 12:07 Archived in Australia Tagged shearwater aurora_australis southern_lights the_neck

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