Photos of the Week
Drought stricken eastern Adelaide Hills in early Autumn. About 9am. Good light but bird was in the shade of trees. Nikon D3400 & 200-500mm f5.6 ED VR…1/800 sec, f5.6, ISO 800.
A pair of Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) reflecting on a pond. The Black Swan occurs in most of Australia except Cape York Peninsula far north Queensland. They mate for life in a monogamous pairing, raising one brood per season on a rough nest made on an island or floating reed bed. They feed on algae and water weed, plunging their long neck deep in the water to pick food. Mungarra Reserve, Petrie, Queensland, Australia.
It was my birthday and I was in Victoria for the weekend~ en route to Point Cook for breakfast! I spotted the bird on power line alongside main road. It was already a very hot morning, sunny and clear. 8:00 am, 2/3/2019. The Hobby had seized a bird (probably a starling). Camera Nikon P1000. 1100mm (35mm equivalent), 1/250 sec (hand-held ,F5.6. ISO200.
Falcon perched in a tree at Hinterland Regional Park, Mudgeerabah, Queensland. It was a grey day and bird was high in tree. I was using Nikon P1000 at maximum focal length (3000mm (35mm equivalent)) at 1/400th at F8. The camera was on a monopod. The blue sky was added in PS. I have never seen a Peregrine in the Gold Coast region before.
As we drove into Tom Price it was evident that Mt Nameless had been burnt out but we drove the 4WD track to the top anyway. On our way down we stopped at a lookout and below the Spinifex was still intact and as we looked over to the mine we could hear Grasswren, and then they appeared.
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) in flight, coming right at me (it missed). UQ Lakes, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/1600 @ f/8 ISO 560 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
Little Corella (Cacatua sanguinea) pair showing affection and grooming each other. UQ Lakes, St Lucia, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640 @ f/8 ISO 1100 @ 540 mm (effective FL)
In this Image i wanted to create something moody. I loved how this Raven was perched up in a tree with a dark background. I exposed the shot for the dark bird to bring out the feather detail with the idea of dragging down the background exposure and getting a moody low key image. Shot on a Canon 700d at the time and Tamron 150-600 super telephoto. 1/125, f6.3, 1600 ISO
Nov 2018. Morning in National Park. Nikon D3400 & 200-500mm VR : F5.6, 1/800 sec, iso100. Taken at 500mm + crop.
Rufous Whistler (immature). The Spit, Main Beach, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 lens. 1/800 @ f/7.1 ISO 1000 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
Went to O’Reilly’s Rainforest in Queensland especially to see a Regent Bowerbird. They are such a beautiful bird to see.
This little male Variegated Fairywren came down to check out what I was up to in his patch. Sandy Camp Wetlands, Wynnum, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/800 @ f/7.1 ISO 500 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
Greenfields Wetlands, South Australia. Nikon D3400 & 200-500vr. f5.6, 1/800, iso250 @500mm.
A Tawny Grassbird flying around chirping like crazy, feeding it’s young. It was 11.15am feeding her young. 5D MkIV Canon 100-400 L IS MkII & 1.4 TC at 560mm
Ormiston Gorge, NT. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300: f3.2, 1/250sec, ISO100 …@108mm
These birds aren’t overly common but can be found in many areas in the north of Australia. I was pleased to get a shot even though I was shooting upwards. Canon EOS 1000D, Tamron 200-500mm, 1/500 sec at f/8.0 ISO 320.
This morning I went out birding for the first time in several months – a short outing to my nearby cemetery in search of the big Channel-billed Cuckoos. I found the big brutes feeding on fruits in the usual big fig tree, today they weren’t attacked by any of the prospective nest surrogates and weren’t chasing each other around very much. A couple of squabbles inside the canopy with the associated guttural screeching and clucking – they are amazing big units to see up this close.
Taken mid morning on my daily walk. Canon EOS 1000d, Tamron 200-500mm lens, 1/500 sec at f 9.0, ISO 400.
This bird was captive in the huge flight aviary at the excellent Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas. Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.
Walking in the park at 4pm, I unexpectedly came across this Mistletoebird. I was lucky enough to get close enough to get some shots. Canon 5D MkIV 100-400 L IS, at 400mm. 1/640 sec at f5.6 ISO 400
Late afternoon, camera Canon EOS60d Lens Tamron 200-500 mm, ISO 640, Exposure 1/800 sec at F7.1.
This tiny bird (around 10cm) was creeping around the bark of this dead tree looking for insects in nooks and crannies, and found itself a tasty moth. It shook the life out of its quarry before quickly gulping it down (missed that shot). I think my favourite Aussie bird species I’ve seen yet, something about their upturned bill, eye ring, yellow feet and the way thy spiral downwards around the tree trunk that just appealed to me the first time I saw them.
A Brown Falcon hunting over cultivation near Charters Towers. Nikon D500, Nikkor 500mm, 1/2500 sec, f-5.6, IS)-400, +1.3 exp bias
Red-backed Fairy-wren guarding his territory, near Malanda. Nikon D500, Nikkor 500mm, 1/400 sec, f-5.6, ISO-400, +0.3 exp bias
The Laughing Kookaburra.. are a special bird indeed. This one was photographed in the late afternoon with a Canon 5DMkIV 100-400 L IS lens at 400mm 1/250sec f/11 ISO 500
Afternoon at a conservation park near Myponga in SA. It is quite overgrown and a bit shaded from the sun but a good place for a few birds. The Honeyeater was so engrossed in looking for insects that it allowed me to approach quite close. I use a Canon 7Dii with the Canon 100-400mm lens and a 1.4x teleconverter. settings were F/8,1/1000 sec, ISO 1000 at 560mm.