Westgate Park, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
This is another old photograph taken at Westgate Park, Port Melbourne in 1994. It was taken with my Pentax K1000 and a Takumar 400mm 5.6 lens with an added Kenko 2x teleconverter and print film.
I bought the Takumar lens at a camera store in Melbourne for $129. It rattled a lot and the front element was loose. Of course it was all manual and the aperture ring didn't work. The photo was taken hand-held and I had to stomp on the ground to get the hobby to look at me.
I visited the park almost everyday and I think the hobby was used to me pointing my camera at it. I saw the same birds there most days.
In his book, "Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of Australia", David Hollands says "If there is a jewel among the Australian hawks it is the hobby".
There are some remarkable raptors in Australia but I wouldn't argue with Dr Hollands. I love hobbies.