Photos of the Week
Early morning on Lake Argyle, WA. July, 2019. Egret was warming itself in the sun. Nikon D3400 and Nikon 200-500mm ED VR….1/1600sec, ISO 200, f5.6.
A male Golden-Headed Cisticola chatting away happily on a barbed-wire fence. This is the one time I’ve been able to photograph a bird from my car, which worked beautifully as a blind, not scaring the bird away. Peak Crossing, Queensland, Australia.
White-plumed Honeyeater happy to be feeding in the Peach blossoms. Penrith
The beautiful Pied Heron. Resident to coastal areas of far north Queensland, Northern Territory and southern PNG. They feed on fish, frogs, crabs, insects and small aquatic animals. This particular bird is captive in the huge free-flight aviary at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia.
Spotted Pardalotes are one of the most inquisitive birds. Sometimes they come so close it is impossible to get a shot of them. This little male was just being a perfect model on the rusty wire.
Immature male Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris). This young fellow was furiously hopping around catching caterpillars while I tried valiantly to capture a few photos. Hardings Paddock, Peak Crossing, Queensland, Australia. Nikon D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/500sec f/7.1 @ ISO 250 @ 750 mm (effective FL)
This Little Wattlebird rules the garden and allows nothing to rest or eat from flowers. It will the defend the garden all day.
This male Olive-Backed Sunbird has been a frequent visitor to my backyard here in the Southern suburbs of Cairns. On this visit he land only a few metres from me and in clear view of my camera. He was not put off by my presence and started to dance about showing off his dazzling plumage. Of all the pics I took, this was the standout for me. He turned very slightly into the morning light and his blue breast plumage totally lit up. Image was captured on a Canon 5d MK III with Canon 70-200mm L series II f/2.8 lens and Canon 1.4x extender. Settings were 1/800 sec. @f/5.6; f/l 280 mm and ISO 1000.
I captured this portrait of a captive Emu held at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventure Park (30 minutes Nth of Cairns). What got my attention was the crazy wisp of hair on it’s head. Image was taken with a Canon 5d MKIII with a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II USM lens. Camera settings were 1/200th Sec; at f5.6 and ISO 800. Hand held. Nil flash.
This whistler eventually emerged into the sunlight after about 30mins in deep shade! Nikon D5300, Sigma 150-600 at 600mm. 1/640, F8, ISO400. Taken at Hinterland Regional Park, Mudgeerabah.
This Black Shouldered Kite seemed to be looking into my soul. I had observed it for 15 to 20 mins as it hovered over freshly turned fields before it turned it’s attention to me. It was quite inquisitive and followed me along for a few 100 meters before it landed near me and focused right in on me. This image was captured in the early afternoon at the Western Treatment Plant, Point Wilson. Nikon D850, Tamron 150-600mm G2 @550mm, 1/1000 sec, f-6.3, ISO-110
Photo taken early morning from a small boat on Daintree River, Far North Queensland. Two Azure Kingfishers were diving from an overhanging branch on the banks of the river. It was in dappled shade. Canon 7D Mk. II, Canon 100-400 lens, f/8, 1/250, ISO 2,000.
This was one of 100s of Black Kites that were present at the Western Treatment Plant throughout April. Whilst a number of trees held as many as 30 birds, this tree held just one. Any attempt by others to land was met with aggressive warn offs by this Black Kite enjoying the late afternoon sunshine. Nikon D850, Tamron 150-600mm G2, 1/1000 sec, f-8, ISO-180
Buff-banded Rail (Gallirallus philippensis) – my first sighting of this highly-patterned bird (lifer # 187). I was actually lucky to see it, as I was sitting down waiting for a Forest Kingfisher to return to the area. This bird poked its head out of some reeds, I recognised it was a new species, moved slightly and it went back into the reeds. I laid down and waited for about 10 minutes until it finally came back out, this time I was able to snap a few shots. It certainly knew I was there, but kept its distance and a wary eye on me as it searched for food. Lake Eden, North Lakes, Queensland, Australia. NIKON D500 + Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 1/640 @ f/7.1 ISO 2000 @ 690 mm (effective FL)
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