Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tug-o'-war before Woodswallow swallows

Immature White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorynchus) awaiting return of parent (to river cherry tree by Palm Creek at Mungalla Station) had to engage in mini tug-o'-war before eventually taking delivery of the prey.

Even bird parents sometimes have to encourage a youngster to eat but in this case the parent seemed genuinely reluctant when push came to shove to surrender the food. Parents stopped hawking soon after so no repeat performances. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Flying foxes keep hanging around

Flying foxes hanging around in thousands and slowly killing their colonised trees in Ingham's Memorial Gardens. Not even last week's 170km/h westerly blasts shifted any on.

Also hanging around, three recent(-ish) reptile pictures from here and there:

Carpet python up close and set to strike (indeed, soon
gave the lens a nudge)

Saltwater croc carries bits of salvinia camouflage

Frilled lizard clings to 'safety' of dead tree  

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bird's sharp, but is the bokeh okay?

Getting the bird in focus is paramount: a lovely out-of-focus (bokeh) background is desirable but often impossible when stalking in the field. Got the bokeh with Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus) on Orient Station post. Pity about the scruffy grass.

Better with Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus), though the stalk is a little ragged.

Two views from same frame of distant Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) come closer to getting it right.

Monday, January 19, 2015

White-bellied Sea-Eagle makes me look good

It's usually me trying to make the birds look good, but here's a White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster) making me look good, by seeming to stare right down the lens on taking off from tall paperbark along Palm Creek.

Bird made restless even before my arrival when pair of Black-shouldered Kites objected to it landing on 'their' dead tree. I missed that action but captured two flight frames as bird launched again.

Next time, I'll ask it to pick cleaner background, allowing more hope of holding it in focus for a longer sequence. But it can keep seeming to stare at me for as long as it likes.