Thursday, December 18, 2014

Metallic Starlings seen in the best light

Cloudless morning showed Ingham's social-nesting Metallic Starlings (Aplornis metallica) in best light early today.

Not many immatures out and about yet, but plenty of  adults bringing in food for unseen hungry mouths.

It's not all for sharing. Sometimes seems more about showing off some red treasure. Matches the eyes nicely.


Though who needs props when just sitting on a branch looks so splendid?



Saturday, December 13, 2014

Golden Bowerbird without highlights the highlight

Two trips up to Birthday Creek Falls, Paluma, didn't quite get the male Golden Bowerbird (Amblyornis newtonianus) where I wanted.

But yesterday's effort did produce images without the annoying white highlights created by camera flash hitting the yellow plumage. Top  image, ISO6400, background denoised a bit.. Next two, ISO3200, no denoise.

Well, some noise, from me carrying on several long chats to one of my favourite individual birds.

Flash shows the bird's beauty, but creates unwanted highlights.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Hunt for Yellow Wagtail leads to gold



Set out once, twice and thrice more for Yellow Wagtail at Mungalla Station and come home with gold - mostly Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisticola exilis).


And Australasian Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) shares much the same habitat beside Palm Creek.

Where - less often since the first thunderstorm of the Wet season - the target Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) does still show up, but never close enough.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Intermediate Egrets fight over flying fish

Elegant backflip gains fish brief aerial freedom as two Intermediate Egret (Ardea intermedia) fight over catch at Mungalla Station today.

Fish continues dive from danger. 

Flurry of feathers ends with both losing out.

Two other Intermediates from same session in the salvinia, above captured with 600mm lens, below - from almost same distance and almost equally sharp - with 600+2x converter. Tribute overall to 600's quality.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Stork stalks away from snaky breakfast

Nothing like a long white to start the day, so female Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) looked set at Tyto Wetlands this morning.

But not all breakfasts go down easily. And the long white had a dark side. 

Water Python stopped playing dead. Stork tried again. Snake writhed. Another grab. Another wriggle. Stork lost appetite for contest and stalked off.

Not so lucky some time back, fish for Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris). Seconds after capture (mine and bird's) fish was toast. So, Little Blacks beat long whites at breakfast.