Photos of the Week
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
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.