Easy Rider

    Why fly if you can ride…and if you feel like a snack, you just dig in because everything you need to survive is at your feet!

    Continue Reading

    Rain Birds

    Rain Birds

    Quelia are often called Rain Birds for their migratory following of the rain across the African savanna. Flocks of up to a million birds are not uncommon. I caught this small group, part of a massive flock, as they dried themselves after a heavy downpour.

    Continue Reading

    Drying Out

    Drying Out

    An African Fish Eagle dries itself after getting caught in a heavy rain shower. These are truly magnificent birds of prey.

    Continue Reading

    A Colorful Fish Trap

    A Colorful Fish Trap

    The eyes and gullet of this Great White Pelican are enhanced by strong afternoon sun and a background of dark vegetation!

    Continue Reading

    Don't Mess With the Boss!

    Don’t Mess With the Boss!

    A Long Tailed Macaque bares its fangs as a warning that it’s not going to accept any encroachment on it’s space.

    Continue Reading

    Winter Down Under

    Winter Down Under

    No one stops to photograph kangaroos in Australia but the light and colour of these two posing in the dry winter outback grass was too much to resist.

    Continue Reading

    Blog Roll

    Aussie Surfer Bird

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 3.0/5 (1 vote cast)

    It”s Australia. It’s summer. You are young. The surf’s up. What do you do…you hit the beach and go for a surf…what else!

    But where else in the world do the birds hit the waves….Being a typical Aussie beach bird, this Pied Oyster Catcher had the technique of ducking through the oncoming surf perfectly timed.






    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 3.0/5 (1 vote cast)

    Creepy Crawlies

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    Australia is the land of snakes and spiders. If you want to get bitten by one of them, then this is the place. Basically they are everywhere, and I would say the chances of a bite from one or the other is quite high. Reading up on these guys I was quite surprised to learn how toxic and irritating a bite from some of them can be. I was also intrigued to learn that there are even water spiders who’s toxins are bad for fish. So the critters really are everywhere. The biggest threat comes from Red Backed spiders, which fortunately for me, but unfortunate for photography have yet to come across.

    Anyway, what do you do when the kangaroos bounce off and the birds desert you…..you can always turn to the spiders, because you are guaranteed to always find one somewhere within a meter of you.

    Actually they are quite interesting critters, and it’s always satisfying when you load the images up on the screen and see detail that that you can’t with the native eye. The colors of some of them are quite spectacular. But what is most fascinating is to see how they suspend themselves from strands of silk web, so thin its almost invisible. Incredible!

    The most common of the spiders in our garden are Orb Spiders like the ones above and below. These spiders range in size from 5mm to 25mm and weave huge webs that span any void. At first glance they all look the same but the variety of variances in colors is quite astounding.



    One interesting spider is this beautifully colored Tent Spider. It weaves an inverted tent-like web and then hangs down in the center waiting for it’s prey.


    Another fantastic little fellow is this Darth Vader looking Garden Orb Weaver below. I noticed that they are particularly busy in the later afternoon and early morning, but seem to disappear later in the day. Then I found out that they are preyed on by Honeyeaters. So either they spend the day hiding out or  get themselves chewed up. It was only when I downloaded the shots of these guys that I found out how hairy they are.





    The positive thing about photographing, and then having to try and identify these guys is the fact that you become aware of the spiders to avoid. I was stunned to find how many of the bad critters are common household and garden residents. So from now on, I will have a lot more respect for these critters.



    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    Mrs Plover Lover

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)


    This morning we had an interesting run-in with a masked lapwing.  Decided to put it to prose…

    Plover lover,

    The Missus, she’s a Plover lover,

    Plover lover,

    But the Plovers, no love her,

    No Love her!

    The Missus, she go bush,

    Thinks the bush is Mush,

    Bush happy, bush happy,

    She loves the sticks,

    Get eaten by ticks, but loves the sticks,

    The Elephants,

    They hate her, hate her,

    But me, no Phapf!

    Missus Plover lover,

    The Magpies, the Missus,

    No see eye to eye,

    But me they luva,

    Mr Magpie Lover!





    Ok, so it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out who the Masked Lapwing was dive bombing today!!!

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 5.0/5 (2 votes cast)

    The Bangsia Beach Comber

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    The past few trips out to Bangsia Beach on Bribie Island near Brisbane has been quite productive. This last trip to photograph White Cheeked Honeyeaters feeding on the flowering Bangsia was unexpectedly refocused on a Beach Stone Curlew combing the nearby waters edge.

    Never having seen or photographed this bird before it quickly became more interesting than the attractive honey-eaters which are a pain in the ass to photograph as they don’t pose where they are supposed to. The Curlew on the other hand didn’t care about me shuffling along the sand ahead of it as it patrolled the waters edge pecking crabs. Then, just as I thought I had enough keepers in the camera it found a half dead snapper and the fun really began.





    The snapper was clearly too big a fish for the curlew. It struggled to bash and stab the wriggling fish which was not going to go down without a fight until inevitably it met it’s end. The curlew, worried about gulls or eagles swooping in on it’s prize before it had a chance to eat it proceeded to stab and peck at it as it tried to carry it’s meal away down the beach towards the mangroves where it probably spends it’s days.

    Eventually after struggling for about half an hour, it gave up and wandered off leaving the fish for the next beach combing scavenger to find.

    Definitely an unusual and interesting sighting and event, and only us there to witness it!


    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    The Holy Bird of Bangsia Beach

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    The blooms of Australia’s native shrubs and bushes are truly spectacular. And they are a magnet for birds and insects looking for a hit of wild sugar.

    Noisy Friarbirds obviously got their name from their priestly looking appearance and loud preaching-like calls, announcing to all and sundry that the bush they are feeding on is worth visiting. Birds in flowering plants always makes for good photography, so while strolling among the flowering Grevilleas and Bangsia at Bangsia Beach on Bribie Island there was no way I was going to walk past a Friarbird posing in the flowers. The beauty of these plants is such that even a dull bird like this shines.



    Aside from the friarbird, the stroll produced my first shots of White Cheeked Honeyeaters feeding on Bangsia blooms. But they will have to wait for another time as I want to go back with another lens to really do justice to the beauty of both birds and plants. Stay tuned!

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    The Daily Blue Soldier Crab Migration

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    As the tide comes in along the quiet bay sand shores of Bribie Island a twice daily miniature migration occurs that is interesting to observe. Blue Soldier Crabs, in their thousands moving en-mass up the sand to the safety of their burrows.

    The crabs are skittish, as you approach the swarm clearly alerted by the vibrations of footprints in the sand moves away. From the back it’s a mass of tiny round blue blobs. From the front, its more a scene from a sci-fi movie. Led by bigger (presumably male) crabs, the mass dutifully follow. The pressure of the incoming tide eventually overcomes fear of the guy with the camera and they advance until focusing becomes impossible.


    Endemic from Australia through to India Soldier Crabs spend much of their time buried in the sand. They usually emerge to the surface a few hours before low tide, with the process of emergence taking anywhere from five minutes to an hour. After emerging the crabs perform an aerobatic grooming process designed to rid themselves of any sand entrapped in their shell. Then its down to the water to feed on micro organisms in the sand.



    Watching these little guys swarm up the sand in precision reminded me of those science fiction movies where big aliens take over the earth. The image is the same, just the scale is different and in this case it’s us humans that are the monsters. For soldier crabs it’s all about the tides and getting back in their burrows alive.


    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    Give a Bird a Bone

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    Before we start…I never fed this bird. Honest!!

    Everyone knows I feed birds, but I never fed this one. He found his own bone. We just happened to walk past while he tried to eat it. What a process that turned out to be.

    During a stroll at Oxley Creek Common, a nice nature area on the outskirts of Brisbane we came across this Grey Butcher bird busy trying to eat what looks like a small bone with some gristle attached. Where he got it from two kilometers from any habitation is anyone’s guess. But he had it and he was determined to keep it and eat it. Paranoid some other bigger bird was going to come along and steal the meal it busily tried every trick in the book to stash it in a secure location.

    The bone and gristle was just too big for the bird to break up on the ground, so it’s plan was to carry it up into a tree and securely wedge it between two branches. It’s idea was that once firmly wedged in place it could then tear at the sinew and remaining meat….this was quite an intelligent bird. However the problem was that each time it wedged the bone and then pulled at the gristle to get it free either the bone came loose and had to re-positioned or it dislodged and fell to the ground meaning the whole process had to start over, all the while under the barrel of my Canon.

    STEP 1: Find a suitable branch.


    STEP 2: Position and wedge the kill by pulling it down between the two branches.



    STEP 3: Check if it looks OK. Re-position it if it isn’t.


    STEP 4: Get stuck in. Tear off the gristle without dislodging the kill. Eat well.Enjoy!



    Watching this process one can’t help but be impressed by this birds intelligence. We all know Magpies and Butcher birds stash food and most likely this birds parents taught it how to lodge food in a tree. But the process to wedge between two branches like this one, by wriggling and pulling indicates a sophisticated analytical mind.

    This bird is definitely not dumb!

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    The Annual Grass House Building Boom

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    It’s that time of the year in Africa when the annual little yellow house building extravaganza is about to begin.

    Competition among  the male house builders (the males do the construction) to attract a female  house guest is fierce, and the females, being females are fussy. One piece of grass out of place, and it’s rejected. All that intricate hard work for nothing! The only thing the poor horny guy can do then is to start all over again, and with a bit of luck maybe a few nests later you have learnt to be precise and get lucky.

    The process of nest building begins with a single strand of grass which is tightly threaded round an overhanging branch to provide the knot which securely fastens subsequent strands to the branch. Piece by piece the weaver intricately weaves the grass into a homely structure. It’s an amazing feat of engineering with natural materials made even more amazing by the fact the bird builds it upside down using only its beak, a feat no human with dexterous fingers could ever hope to emulate.

    The acrobatics of the birds as they weave their nests is something you can never tire of watching and photographing.




    As busy as the male is, competition for females is always tough and during the building process he is constantly hanging upside down chattering his building prowess letting the females know how good he is. Aside from food foraging breaks, building the nest is a constant flurry of sourcing new grass and then joining and weaving it into place. Aside from a few species, most weavers build the entrances to their nests at the bottom as a deterrent to predators like snakes gaining access to the nest.



    As the nests get near completion, the females will arrive and inspect and if they are playing hard to get, reject. Eventually however they will accept something and nesting for the year begins.

    Photographing weavers nesting is a great experience and its not difficult to come away from a session with hundreds of good frames. Such is the satisfaction, the following year you do it all over over again until ultimately you have to purge your hard drive of unprocessed images to make room for the next batch.

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    A Plague Begins!

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)


    Eighty percent of Queensland is gripped by a devastating drought that has already lasted more than a few years. But there has been some rain in Brisbane, and with it comes back garden activity such as these two locusts busy doing the dirty! Add a few hundred thousand more of these guys and who knows what damage would be done.

    Anyway, it was a good opportunity to play with the macro lens and Helicon Focus, a new stacking software I recently invested in. It’s an amazing tool that allows you to stack frames, each with a different focus point on top of each other. The result; or what should be the result is a perfectly focused image. But it’s not so easy. Any movement from the subject, like the feelers moving and you end up with blurring. So, camera set up and organization has to be spot on. It’s going to require a lot more practice until the full potential of the software is realized. I think I might just spend some time down in the bush looking for interesting subjects.

    Stack7_Depth Map_20


    Anyway, the shots are not perfect, but overall I’m pleased with the results of this first serious attempt to get something from the investment.

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

    I Spider Spider

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    If you want snakes, flies and spiders then Australia is the place for you. These critters are everywhere and there is no escaping them. Just look and you’ll see them. They’re everywhere. Some are nice and some are not.But that’s Australia and it’s spiders!

    A nice example of nice is this Green Jumping Spider (Mopus Mormon) plucked off our lime tree where it was hiding under the new spring foliage. This small guy, less than 5mm in size, is a beautiful example of the smaller spiders you can find if you look. While photographing it out on the glass patio table (now you know my secret for a reflective look) the resident tame Magpie dropped in on the adjacent chair to see what was going on and scrounge a tit bit. Instantaneously the spider ducked under the leaf indicating it has incredible eyesight and an instinct for danger; something I never expected to witness. But then what we humans know about nature is close to zero, so maybe I shouldn’t be so naive.




    Photographing this guy was not that easy as he was not interested in staying still for very long, especially when he was away from the safety of the leaf and out on the glass table. But all in all, I was quite pleased with the outcome, and especially the table reflective shots.

    Who knows maybe I’ll try and find a few more critters to show!


    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    Aussie Rainbows

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    Bee Eaters have to be one of the most addictive birds to photograph. It does not matter how many shots you may have of these birds, when you see them perched in colorful glory you just have to score a few more!

    Today, while on a stroll round Sandy Camp Wetlands, a favorite birders location in Brisbane we came across a pair of Rainbow Bee Eaters, Australia’s resident species. Although we have seen these birds before we have never photographed them because either we never had a camera ready or they were just too far off. Today they sat, posed. The background wasn’t too bad and thelight was good. So we snapped and came away with another bee eater species in the bag.





    Beautiful birds, simply beautiful!!

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    A Two Tick Outback Trip

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)


    Sometimes you just have to close the door get in the car and drive nine hundred km’s for a break!

    If you want to really get away from it all in Australia then this is the minimum distance required to leave all the city slickers behind. At first the plan was to head north up to Cairns to photograph Riflebirds near Atherton, but when I called looking for accommodation I just got laughed at and told I need to book at least four months ahead at this time of the year. It was the same thing at Carnarvon Gorge another place on the “want to hit list”, leaving Cunnamulla and the nearby Bowra Sanctuary as the next best option. So back to Bowra it was!

    Driving from Brisbane to Cunnamulla is a set of three hour stages. The first step is to reach the small farming town of Dalby one hour on the other side of Toowoomba which is the biggest pain in the ass town you never want to drive through because every intersection is a traffic light and they are all red. But you know, things don’t happen that fast there, so the locals don’t see it as a problem. After Dalby, its basically three hours to St George with a quick pit stop at the Moonie Roadhouse, and then the last three hours to Cunnamulla with another stop at the small town of Bollon to break the journey. The last two hours from Bollon to Cunnamulla is absolutely the worst. You just never seem to be getting closer to the end, and when you finally arrive you are quite thankful it’s all over.

    How things changed in four months since the Easter trip. Then it was dry, very dry. And while it’s still dry some recent rain has started to transform the bush and patches of fresh young green grass and shoots are visible. The creeks also have more water and the birds and animals somehow don’t look as ratty and parched as they did before.

    The plus side of dry bush is you only have to find a waterhole and wait and eventually something will fly or wander up for a drink. Like last time, I found it interesting to waste a few frames on Emu’s drinking. Like everything in photography, its a process of refinement, and this time I added a few more not too bad close ups of an Emu as it scooped a drink not at all fussed by my presence close by. They are still not what I really want, but for sure, with a bit of luck one day I’m going to get the mother of all shots of these birds quenching their thirst.


    Wary of ticks this time we spent less time wandering and standing in the very dry woodlands of Bowra and concentrated more on the area near the waterhole and pump near the old farmhouse. It was a good plan that worked out quite well because I only had to dig out two buggers busily burrowing into my knee. Lynette escaped tick free with only one picked off her shirt before it could start to chew.

    A tip to anyone wanting to get rid of blood sucking parasites such as leeches or ticks is to dab them with hand sanitiser. They absolutely hate the alcohol in the sanitiser and can’t get off your skin fast enough. Trust me it works!

    We always knew Bowra to be a place to photograph Red Capped Robins, but never saw them. This time they were all over the place, and best of all posing. While I was chasing parrots Lynette was busy photographing these guys. As is common with brightly colored males the female is a pale tan with only a hint of red on the forehead. I think you will agree they are absolutely stunning little bush birds.




    Sharing the same territory as the robins was a family of Splendid Fairy Wrens. Splendid is probably the only word to describe these delightful little birds and Lynette did well to get some nice shot’s, a first of these species for us.



    Another common resident of Bowra are Speckled Bowerbirds. This shot of a delicate balancing act is a bit different, so in it comes to the blog.


    If you want raptors then outback Australia is the place to find them. It’s no brain surgery. All you have to do is find a nice splattered kangaroo road kill and sit and wait and sure enough something will fly over to investigate. One afternoon on our way to another birders waterhole along the main road between Cunnamulla and Eulo we came across roadkill with a good group of birds feeding on it. The outcome was a number of shots of a Whistling Kite as it lazily surveyed the carcass waiting for us to move on.




    Always a sucker for flying shots I spent a lot of effort and wasted frames trying to photograph a Restless Flycatcher as it hovered and swooped before eventually coming away with a few of this quite interesting bird worth posting.



    One of the gems and must get birds of Bowra is the Bourke’s Parrot and it’s no wonder it’s much sought after. Most of the Australian parrots are brightly colored. The Bourke’s Parrot is dull, almost dove-like in appearance, but with a wonderful pale pink underside and blue wing feathers. We hunted Bowra for this bird with no luck before driving eighty kilometers from Cunnamulla on the road to Eulo to a small bird spot just off the road to get them. As usual, you struggle to spot and photograph them once and you then see them everywhere. Unfortunately the photos I took don’t do justice to this wonderful little guy. But we’ll get them next time for sure!


    Another welcome and colorful capture were a few frames of Mulga Parrots. Like the Bourke’s we chased these guys all over the place, and then after basically giving up, a pair landed five meters from where we were standing and proceeded to eat the buds of some small ground cover. What surprised me was that for some strange reason these guys had no problem with the camera, whereas all the rest took flight the moment we got anywhere near being close enough to photograph them. It’s strange how things turn up when you least expect them.




    On that colorful note it’s time to stop the verbiage and have some lunch! But as we have said on previous posts about Bowra. It’s a must visit on any bird photographers list.





    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 5.0/5 (1 vote cast)

    Pitta Pader

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    Work travel the past few weeks has screwed up my bird photography, so getting to grips with the cold we crawled out of bed at 4.30 am this morning and headed up to Lamington National Park to see what we could get.

    We had hardly started walking the top boardwalk when we were surprised by a posing Noisy Pitta quietly sitting right next to the pathway. Now, for me to see a Pitta, never mind photograph one, is an extremely rare event. The last Pitta we saw was fifteen years ago in our garden in Malaysia. These birds generally inhabit dense vegetation so to find one sitting out in the relative open is an event not likely to be repeated for a long while. Not being ones to walk past a rare gem like this we spent the next four hours quietly watching and photographing it as it scratched the dry forest floor for food, it’s olive green back and rusty brown and black head blending perfectly with the forest vegetation.  It may be named as Noisy, but this is one silent forest dweller. The whole time we were watching it, it never uttered a sound. No wonder we find it impossible to find these birds.




    While watching the Pitta we were also pleased to be able to photograph a Pademelon, another small quiet Australian forest dweller. Pademelons are small marsupials that inhabit dense forests. They are very shy animals that usually take flight when they hear you approaching. But obviously up at Lamington they are more used to humans, and this little guy was not at all fussed by our presence. My first Pademelon portrait in the bag!


    Besides the Pitta and Pademelon we were also blessed to have an Eastern Whip Bird pose out in the open. Whip Birds are often heard, but not that often seen. Usually all you hear is their loud whip and crack calls which sound exactly like a whip being cracked.  What many don’t realize is that the whip is the call of one bird and the crack, the immediate response of the other in a pair. Interesting stuff don’t you think?


    So that was today. A day of noisy as well as supposed noisy but silent Australian forest dwellers posing for Sunday shot’s.


    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    Seafood or See Birds

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    For a country surrounded by sea, finding good fresh seafood in Brisbane can be a bit of a mission. Tonight is seafood night and we needed to hit a fresh fish market to make sure we got our catch of the day early. But Sunday is also photography day, and sometimes time flies and the freshest fish and prawns are gone. To solve the dilemma and fit both in we decided to take a stroll round Tinchi Tamba Wetlands, the nearest photography spot to our Brisbane home, with a strict time limit to get something for this weeks blog.

    We arrived to find the wetlands blanketed by low lying fog punctuated by patches of bright early morning sun. Absolutely perfect light for photography. We had hardly gone more than a few hundred meters when we came across a bunch of Eastern Grey Kangaroos suspiciously watching us. One in particular was almost perfectly positioned in one of the light patches and it didn’t need more than a few seconds to get him in the bag!

    Shortly afterwards the mist lifted and the overall light improved. Perfect for bird photography. And as luck would have it a family of Red Backed fairy Wrens were feeding next to the trail. God was smiling on me today because just then a male and female decided to warm themselves on a nicely exposed branch. To tell you the truth, despite these birds being common I don’t have very many good shots of them because not only are they fidgety they always seem to be in thick vegetation when I’m passing. But not today. Once again, after a few minutes I has enough good shots to thank god and move on.





    Next stop down the path was a hide overlooking a section of coastal mangroves. The tide was in and it was still very early so there was not much happening out on the water. No sooner had I sat down to take a look round an Egret landed in knee deep water fairly far out and systematically worked its way right in front of the lens. Shadows from the mangroves were a challenge in terms of white balance settings, but a bit of adjustment and I got a few reasonable shots of this bird as well.




    With these in the bag it was back to the car and off to the fish market. Not too bad for just over an hours effort, don’t you think!



    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)

    Oxley Creek Mistletoe

    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)


    Today was the day I finally got to photograph a Mistletoe Bird. And let me tell you, these tiny almost robin-like birds are real beauties, well worth some time and patience.

    Looking through the lens the back of the bird looks black, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out that in fact the wings of the male are a rich glossy blue. Absolutely nice looking guys! The females are more plain but still very attractive. Feeding down at ground level on some black berries the birds were not at all shy and eventually patience paid off as they perched on a low branch and posed with their breakfast. Happy Days!



    Winter has arrived in Brisbane and the bird pickings, whilst slim at the best of times has been really dry. The highland birds and some migrants from the south are supposed to come to town this time of the year, but we haven’t seen evidence of it yet. So who knows what is going on.

    Undecided where to go we chose to head off to Oxley Creek Common a well known birding spot on the south side of Brisbane. It’s a nice walk, with open grassland on one side of the track and thick riverine bush on the other. So the potential for a mix of species is there. The few times we have been there before have not been productive, and I would say today was not too exiting although in the end we managed to come away with a few nice shots of a variety of birds.

    As the sun rose Golden Cisticola’s warmed themselves on high grass stalks oblivious to the cameras a few meters away; the golden light of the sun perfectly lighting their plumage.


    Feeding nearby the Cisticola’s were flocks of Fairy Wrens always a target for the lens. Despite a few years of photographing these birds I’m embarrassed to say I still don’t have a few first class shots. For some reason I can never catch them posing clean of vegetation, and when they do I’m always just too slow to focus and press the shutter. The other problem is the stark contrast between the dark and colored plumage of these birds means it is essential to get the white balance settings correct, something thats just one finger and one second too difficult for me to achieve at the same time as focusing. Anyway beggars can’t be choosers, and whist todays efforts were above average they still fall short of where they have to be to portray these little gems the way they deserve.

    The best shots of the morning were of some male Red Backed Fairy Wrens. Nice little jewels don’t you think?



    I also managed a few shots of a Superb Fairy Wren that perched on a wire fence. The light was behind him, so the shot is not the best but at least you get to see the difference with his red cousin.


    So that was the result of a few km’s of heavy lifting at Oxley Creek this morning. To my friends in South Africa, be happy. Even on bad days you always have hundreds of species to photograph. In Australia it’s sparse by comparison. So stop whinging and keep shooting, you don’t know how lucky you are!!



    VN:F [1.9.22_1171]
    Rating: 0.0/5 (0 votes cast)