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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Big sandwich

Scarlet Robin, Tasmania
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640px

Since 1 Nov 2008 all the thumbnails are 640 (instead of 400) pixels wide. The high resolution images are still 1024px.

Edit [30 Jan 2012] I have just updated all old posts. I had to go through the code to fix a new issue with the high res photos which was caused by Google. As I did this I also made all old posts thumbs 640px.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Duckography

Mallards, Tasmania
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Flapwings

Masked Lapwing in flight, Tasmania
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Baby Blackbird

Female Blackbird feeding her young, Tasmania
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Duckography

Pacific Black Ducks (top and middle) and a Mallard landing
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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Rave -N-

Forest Raven, Tasmania
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A free trip to New Holland (meal included) II

New Holland Honeyeater, Tasmania
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Pacific Black Splash

And three pictures that deserve their own posts and labels...
Pacific Black Duck, Tasmania
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On the way back from work

Well... I decided to post some photos to keep the blog alive and put the camera in my backpack yesterday. On the way back from work I took some pics of suburban birds and here they are:
above: Cute juvenile Blackbird,
an adult male Blackbird. I wonder whether he was the kid's parent as it was squeaking and begging for food from him;
a Welcome Swallow, resting just for a second,
a Galah. (This photo is actually several weeks old now.)
and a Brush Wattlebird.
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Friday, November 14, 2008

How fast

People sometimes ask me how fast my camera is. I answer: "It is fast. It takes five photos in a second with shutter speed up to 1/8000." What does this mean in real life? The illustration is below. These images were taken in a shadow at dusk at ISO 640 and speed of 1/2000. I could have probably achieved better result at 1/1600. This is a point and shoot sequence. What I did was to choose the settings i thought would be appropriate for the lighting conditions and the action that I was about to photograph, then wait, then follow the target and press and hold the button. The photos came out underexposed so I did some color correction in Photoshop. The newer DSLR models should be even faster, have better auto-focus and produce more detailed images.
Pacific Black Duck, Tasmania
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Be sure not to miss...


I'm creating a new label today – Be sure not to miss... With it I will tag posts that link to other posts on other nature blogs or sites. Every now and then I come across posts that I like so much and I think that visitors of my blog would like too...

And to start with, here's a link to a fantastic post about a Tawny Frogmouth family. Be sure not to miss it!

http://sandystraitsandbeyond.blogspot.com/2008/11/tawny-frogmouths.html

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Splash in focus

Silver Gull, Tasmania
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Monday, November 10, 2008

A free trip to New Holland (meal included)

New Holland Honeyeater, Tasmania
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Do you love Galahs?

I do! Let's see if you remember how to recognize the ladies from the gentlemen (gentleparrots to say...)
Galah, Tasmania
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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Promote PoAA! – a button for your blog or site


I've been thinking to create a promotional button for Portraits of Australian Animals for its anniversary, but then I didn't have the time. Now the button is ready and you can easily post it to your sites or blogs by copying and pasting the code below:

- plain clickable button

- clickable button in a box

Thank you for your support!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Cormoraction

Black-faced Cormorant, Tasmania
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:) Hunny Eater (:

If you look closer, you will get a free bonus – a little insect.
New Holland Honeyeater, Tasmania
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The Invaders (in color!)

There was a cheesy sixties show called The Invaders (in color!. A Quinn Martin production). Do you remember it?

All the lovely birds below are alien to Australia, introduced species that compete with locals for food and nesting spots.
Blackbird, Tasmania
Spotted Turtle-Dove, Tasmania
European Goldfinch, Tasmania
Kelp Gull, Tasmania
Common Starling, Tasmania
House Sparrow, Tasmania
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Spotlight

Here's a male Galah, landing very close to a photograper. The setting wasn't great, but I had the best spotlight of them all – a whole star, and the best warm filter of them all – the whole planet's atmosphere.
above: Galah, Tasmania
The Muskies below were sticking their beaks in somebody else's home. The owner, a Green Rosella, popped out and they flew away. I witnessed exactly the same-scene-same-time-same-place last year. I wonder whether the Muskies are the same too?
above: Musk Lorikeets, Green Rosella, Tasmania
above: Long-billed Corella, Tasmania
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Frozen millisecond

Mallard, Tasmania
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Macro ;)

Grey Fantail, Tasmania
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Yellow Submarine

Black-faced Cormorant, Tasmania
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NBN

Just joined Nature Blog Network.