Friday, July 25, 2014

Damn, damn, damn! But all is not always lost

Damn! Too much foliage. Damn! Wrong settings. Damn! Not close enough. Damn, damn, damn. But all is not always lost. Recent before-and-afters.

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) too far off?

Crop it.

Cluttered?

Clone it.

Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) too light?

Tweak it.

Too hot?

Cool it.

And remember to grin and have fun doing it.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Fantail, Monarch flit into sharp focus

Rewarding session in Jourama Falls forest brought Rufous Fantail (Rhipidura rufifrons) onto favourite perching place and into sharper close focus than the quick-flitting species usually allows.

Shame that all the tail didn't quite fit into this full frame image.


But Spectacled Monarch (Symposiarchus trivirgatus) on the same perch did fit the full frame almost perfectly and needed no sharpening, though it's possible in-camera sharpening (jpeg) shows on some monitors..

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Immature Mangrove Robin stands out

Couple of youngsters stand out among captures with big new toy. Immature Mangrove Robin (Peneonanthe pulverulenta) leads the way, after clumsy tripod-toting chase through dry coastal forest near mangroves at the end of the road through Orient Station, near Ingham.


Spotty remnants of immature plumage will soon disappear.


Another young bird popped up yesterday. Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) juvenile about 60m away peers from huge nest high in Leichhardt tree at Mungalla Station. There had been two chicks. No  sightings at all for weeks. But this bird at least must have been lying doggo.


And another relative youngster lying about the place is 2.5-3m Saltwater Crocodile, sunning at western end of island in the main lagoon at Tyto Wetlands. First confirmed sighting of the species in Tyto for several years. Picture taken with old 400mm lens from about 80m, nearest point of dry land to the croc's  basking place.   

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Face to face with the fibber

Face to face with the fibber from Tyto carpark garden: Bush Thick-knee (Burhinus grallarius) featured in blog last month faces up to the truth ...

... one of two juniors in evidence these days. 


And following up on tame Cattle Egret (Ardea ibis), another frog and another closeup at Orient Station. But bird seems now to have moved on.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Black-shouldered Kite catches the eye

Catching the eye this week, Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus axillaris) pauses during long spell of pair bonding above a creek near Ingham.

Here's another kite inspecting possible roost in pandanus along Orient Station road after also doing aerial manoeuvres with its partner.


Also at Orient Station, two looks from and at Australian Hobby (Falco longipennis). Hobby numbers remain higher than formerly.





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