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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Scratch, scratch, scratch, scratch

Scratch, scratch that itchy chin!
Black-faced Cormorant
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All the seriousness in the world

Magpies don't usually look that serious...
Australian Magpie, Hobart, Tasmania
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Emerald eyes

Black-faced Cormorants have stunning green eyes. Check the hi-res image!
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Gold

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Thirsty

juv. Kelp Gull drinking water from a pond
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Thursday, February 21, 2008

D.S.L.R.

I keep telling friends who don't know much about photography that their compact cameras are OK, that it's only better performance that you get from this big, bulky, expensive thing I'm carrying in my backpack... I don't want to make them feel bad about their 'soapholders'. But it is NOT only the performance, it is the image quality, the per-pixel detail, the color response, the bokeh, the feel and warmth. I'm so glad I have my black, ugly, heavy Canon!
Masked Lapwing, Hobart
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All these guys and more

What excites me so much about living in Australia is that on a single walk home you can spot all these birds below plus many others. You can work in the city and still the wild nature is so close. All you need to do is keeping your eyes and heart open.
above: Black-faced Cormorant
above: Little Pied Cormorant
above: juv. Kelp Gull
above: Australian Magpie
above: Mallard
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:) I'm watching you! (:

Silver Gull, Hobart, Tasmania
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Squeak, squeak!

Two different Kelp Gull youngsters, Tasmania
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A Finch!

I hoped to get a Goldfinch photo for a long time. Today's walk home was very fruitful!
European Goldfinch, Hobart, Tasmania
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On the way back home

Captures like this one make a day spent in the studio worthwhile! I was carrying the camera and couldn't get a single picture at lunch time, so I decided to take the longer way home. And I was instantly rewarded for this decision.
Masked Lapwing, Hobart, Tasmania
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The young Kelp Gull again

The juvenile Kelp guy was playing with a shell fish today. It's so nice to watch him do stupid things, test his ability to fly and swim and just enjoy his 'teenage' years.
juv. Kelp Gull, Hobart, Tasmania
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Contrast

Technically this is a pretty good image. I love the colors and the contrast too. I wish all my photos were that crisp and so correctly exposed. Silver Gull, Hobart, Tasmania.
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Having a rest between filght lessons

Young Welcome Swallow
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I wish I was closer!

Little Pied Cormorant, Hobart
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Colorful accent

Beautiful jewels are these Rosellas. Eastern Rosella in Hobart, Tasmania
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Wind is so much fun!

It's all about captured moments, right? About things that we would miss with naked eyes. But then if the quality is not perfect it is very disappointing. Still, I think that this pic deserves to be published as it shows a very unusual action pose. Good reference for animators too.
Juvenile Kelp Gull playing in the wind
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Jet power

Black-faced Cormorant, Tasmania
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Young Kelp Gull

Do you remember how I was complaining that I don't have a single decent Kelp Gull photo. Well... I was kind of lucky yesterday. It was very windy and this juvenile was definitely enjoying to play in the wind, splash in the water and try different tricks. Even though they are back lit and the actor was far away I'm very glad to have my first Juvenile Kelp Gull pictures.
Juvenile Kelp Gull, Hobart, Tasmania
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Everyone's asleep

This is an old picture taken when the ducklings were still quite young. Posting it in-between the water birds just to have a bit of a variation in color and mood. Juvenile Pacific Black in Tasmania.
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Swan Lake

This is funny, I think! A huge young Kelp Gull and an ordinary Silver Gull synchronously 'dancing' in the water. The size difference is quite obvious as well.
Juvenile Kelp Gull, Silver Gull
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Cormorants are back!

Little Pied Cormorant in Hobart, Tasmania
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Friday, February 8, 2008

Meditating

Masked Lapwing, Tasmania
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Gulls

The water splash in this picture is exactly what you expect a splash to look like!
Love the different color of the water. It actually depends on the color of the sky.
Silver Gulls in Hobart, Tasmania
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Three Parrots


above: Eastern Rosella, Hobart, Tasmania

above, left: Sulphur-crested Cockatoo; right: Green Rosella, Hobart, Tasmania
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