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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Graceful young Heron

White-faced Heron, Peppermint Bay, Tasmania
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The young Lapwing

Lovely creatures are these Plovers! A young Masked Lapwing, Peppermint Bay, Tasmania
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Shame shame shame :(

I've mentioned before that I'm more attracted to insignificant little creatures than to magnificent raptors, but this doesn't mean that I enjoy missed opportunities. I consider the following sequence to be one of my most disappointing failures in wild-life photography so far. The target was big, exposed, relatively easy to follow and came very close. I have an excuse for the terrible overexposure and wrong settings. I was very sick with a nasty flu that day and could hardly open my eyes. But... an excuse is just an excuse. It doesn't make the photos better. :(
White-breasted Sea Eagle, Tasmania
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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Gravity is a relative thing

This is probably my favorite from the Lapwing series. Yo can see the young Plover walking gracefully on the water. Gravity doesn't seem to bother it much. I love these birds!
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Friday, December 28, 2007

BBC feel

A friend of mine recently made a very nice compliment about my photos and the way I frame (crop) the shots. I was really pleased to hear this from him as he is an awesome artist and animator and I appreciate his opinion very much.
I took this series of pictures two days ago at Peppermint Bay, Tasmania in a warm and cloudy day. I like the mood and the film feel that these photos have. It's tempting to think that they somehow look like stills from a David Attenborough BBC documentary, showing the Plovers in a typical habitat, behaving in a very 'natural' way and looking quite undisturbed.
Masked Lapwing family, the juvenile has spots on the wings and body
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Skyscape with a crow

Taken through the window of a boat, Black-faced Cormorant, Tasmania
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Friday, December 21, 2007

Crumbs

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Hobart
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Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Wabbit

Even though nobody in Australia likes the rabbits, it's quite exciting to accidentally spot and photograph one. Poor rabbits here are pests, introduced feral species and are treated as such.
Interestingly the Europeans who brought cats, rabbits, foxes and camels here are not considered to be pests. Those criminals are respectfully called 'the first settlers'.
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Friday, December 14, 2007

Wood Ducks

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Little Pied Cormorant diving

You can still see him under the surface of the water
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Monday, December 10, 2007

Noisy M posing

[edit 11/12/07] Apparently this is my 100th post here. Let's celebrate with one more Noisy Miner pic then!
Noisy Miner, Hobart, Tasmania
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How cool is that!

Black-faced Cormorant walking on the water
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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Hungry

Noisy Miner chick
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Thursday, December 6, 2007

Portraits

I consider the following photos to be not just close-ups, but real portraits.
above: Australian Wood Duck
above: Silver Gull
above: Australian Magpie
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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Pacific Black in flight

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Frozen moments

If time is what you want to freeze, Canon 30D can be a valuable assistant!
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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Kiwi

The ducklings are growing fast and now they look like the flightless Kiwi. So cute. More to come.
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Friday, November 30, 2007

Cosy hollows, proud home-owners

top to bottom: Brushtail Possum, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Green Rosella, Rainbow Lorikeet, Young Galah
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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Our 'insignificant' neighbours

Spotted Turtle-Dove and House Sparrow, Hobart, Tasmania
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Grey Fantail

I'm not so sure about the quality of these photos, but I wanted to present the species. If I get the chance to take better pictures of the Fantails, I will update the post with them.
Grey Fantail, Tasmania
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Monday, November 26, 2007

ML

Musk Lorikeets, Tasmania
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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Nike of Samothrace in Hobart

Black-faced Cormorant, Hobart
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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Pollen

Sometimes the last shot for the day might be the best one. Silvereye in Hobart, Tasmania.
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