Photos of the Week
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.
The beautiful Tawny Frogmouth, picture taken Perth, Herdsman Lake
Taken at 9.54 am using Sony Alpha 65 with Tamron Lens 600 mm F 8 Speed 1/1000 sec ISO 800 Waited and shot.
Sitting high in the tree surveying the surroundings. Penrith NSW
Taken May 31st 2018 at Blue Hole Reserve, in the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, near Armidale NSW. Camera: Canon 750D Lens: Tamron 150-600 ISO: 800 F-stop: 5.6 SS: 1/250 @ 400mm
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
This was taken with my Nikon Coolpix L810 on a lake in Hervey Bay Qld.