'Southern Right Whales' by Ian Berry
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A Southern Right Whale and her calf at the Head of the Great Australian Bight, South Australia. This photo was taken without telephoto lens whilst standing on one of the viewing platforms on the Bunda Cliffs. In the season there is generally in excess of 100 whales to be seen.
The Southern Right Whale is a bout the size of a locomotive and they swim up from Antartica each year to give birth in the waters at the Head of the Great Australian Bight and can be seen there from June through to end of September.

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  • elphonline
    elphonlinealmost 6 years ago

    This is an amazing place. Great shot.

  • I agree and I see from your photos that you have also been there. I have been there four times now and will return again as the sight of these massive and graceful whales are worth the trip.

    – Ian Berry

  • Jake Freeedman
    Jake Freeedmanover 5 years ago

    Wow what clarity, love this shot!

  • Thanks Jake. regards Ian

    – Ian Berry

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...over 5 years ago

    Ian, great job on the southern rights. No telephoto was used? Hmmm, that’s wonderfully close viewing of these magnificent leviathans. Mom and her calf are so near that using a zoom lens might make it possible to count the barnacles on their rostrums! I have never been privileged to see southern right whales. What do you recommend as the best time in the season for viewing them in the Great Australian Bight? Australians I’ve met have told me they often have right whales surfacing next to their small fishing skiffs. That would be a thrill. Anyway, I enjoyed your photo ever so much.

  • The Southern Right Whale is about the size of a locomotive and they swim up from Antartica each year to give birth in the waters at the Head of the Great Australian Bight and can be seen there from June through to end of September. They come in very close to the cliffs which have viewing platforms so you are almost looking down over the top of them. It is common to be able to see up to 50 whales at anyone time from the same spot. You don’t need binocullars or a telephoto lens, it is said to be the best land viewing spot in the world for these whales, it is an awesom sight. I have made the trek 4 times now and will return again. regards, Ian

    – Ian Berry

  • Gina Ruttle  (Whalegeek)
    Gina Ruttle (...over 5 years ago

    Thank you, Ian for your helpful commentary. Your southern rights are on my “Bucket List!” Whalegeek

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray.

    – Ian Berry

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Moorealmost 4 years ago


    11/30/10 one a day with a limit of 20

  • Thank you Karen.

    – Ian Berry

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 1 year ago

  • Thank you for the welcome Margaret.

    – Ian Berry

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 29, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • Thank you Teresa for featuring this work.

    – Ian Berry

  • D-GaP
    D-GaP7 months ago

    Congratulations in making the TOP 10 in Blue

    From your hosts Paul and David
    Australia At Large
    March 2014

  • Thank you Paul and David and fellow bubblers who voted for this photo.

    – Ian Berry

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