Photos of the Week

The big brute with the fruit

The big brute with the fruit

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.

Varied Sittella tearing a moth apart

Varied Sittella tearing a moth apart

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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.

Crescent Honeyeater looking for insects on Xanthorrhoea

Crescent Honeyeater looking for insects on Xanthorrhoea

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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.

Last Light on Lake Cathie Beach

Last Light on Lake Cathie Beach

Late afternoon on Lake Cathie Beach and I was following several Red-capped Plovers as they probed for food in the wet sand. Decided to just lay down flat and wait, and after a while some of the birds came within reasonable distance. Managed a few serviceable shots so it was worth getting a little damp. Camera: Canon 750D Lens: Tamron 150-600 ISO: 250 F-stop: 6.3 SS: 1/800 @ 600mm