Photos of the Week

Black Swans reflecting on a pond

Black Swans reflecting on a pond

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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.

Australian hobby with breakfast

Australian hobby with breakfast

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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.

Peregrine falcon at Mudgeerabah

Peregrine falcon at Mudgeerabah

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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.

Black Bird Black Canvas

Black Bird Black Canvas

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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

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.