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Friday, January 30, 2009

Warm

Black-faced Cormorant, Tasmania
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Hors d'oeuvre

Black-faced Cormorant with a snack, Tasmania
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Take off

above: Long-billed Corella, Tasmania
above: Pied Oystercatchers, Tasmania
above: Pacific Gull, Tasmania
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Bee attack

As with many other nice action shots, things in the field happen so quickly that you don't fully realize what you've seen until later when you look at the photos. This insect was there for only a second and the Rosella wasn't happy. It's interesting that later in the sequence the bee just disappears, but there aren't any signs of whether the Rosella swallowed it or it just flew away. I'm afraid, that this will remain a mystery forever...
Green Rosella, Bee or Wasp, Tasmania
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Windy II

Young Pacific Gull, Tasmania
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A 'painting'

Crested Tern, Tasmania
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Windy

Silver Gulls, Tasmania
Pacific Gulls, Tasmania
Young Pacific Gull among Silver Gulls, Tasmania
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Grey Currawong

Grey Currawong, Tasmania
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Grey Fantail

Grey Fantail, Tasmania
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Friday, January 23, 2009

It's a Crab's Life

Thanks to a friend I had the chance to take some amazing photos today and spend a great day outdoors. The company and the drive were really enjoyable.

Below is a post made up of images from two different sequences. I rearranged them to fill in the gaps and make the photo essay more dramatic! (warning: this post contains some extreme violence.)
Pacific Gull, Tasmania
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pied and Sooty

above: Sooty Oystercatcher, Tasmania
above: Pied Oystercatcher, Tasmania
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Yet another medium - Branch

Tawny Frogmouth, Sydney
Long-billed Corella, Tasmania
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Be sure not to miss


John K just posted his explanation on Why Cartoon Animation Steered Off Course. The discussion below the article is also very interesting. Well... I think it is interesting.
If you love classic cartoons, be sure not to miss this post!

http://johnkstuff.blogspot.com/2009/01/why-animation-steered-of-course.html

Monday, January 12, 2009

Framing

I notice that as the time passes and I get more experienced, I tend to frame my models with more and more air around them. I kind of started to love showing more of the environment. This new trend will soon lead to the necessity of having a separate close-up variant of the same picture, 'cause if I go on like this, the main subject of interest will be just a little invisible pixel. I need to find balance!

There's one more thing that's been bothering me for a while: What is the best way to add the Scientific Names of all the species to posts and labels. There must be an easy and elegant solution. If I were a programmer I would create some kind of tool that would fill in the scientific name for me once I write the popular one. Even if I have to write it myself the first time, it will be very handy to have it written automatically all other times. Will keep thinking on this.
Pied Oystercatcher, Tasmania
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Water for a change

Decided to change the bush medium for a moment and post some water shots tonite.
above: Masked Lapwings, Tasmania
above: Black-faced Cormorant, Tasmania
above: Masked Lapwing and Pied Oystercatcher, Tasmania
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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Premiere

A first-time appearance, Grey Shrike-thrushes – an adult male, I think, and an immature bird – these guys were so well-camouflaged that I could hardly see them against the tree trunks.
Grey Shrike-thrush, Tasmania
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Yellow Wattlebird

Even though they are quite common here, Yellow Wattlebirds are so restless and hard to photograph that I have to live with photos like the two below if I want to have some of them 'visit' this blog. I just haven't had luck with them at all :( The first picture shows a young bird looking at its mum and the second one shows the mum just finished feeding it - all from the wrong angle.
Yellow Wattlebird, Tasmania
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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Black-headed Honeyeater

It's a pity that I have clipped the tail. I was so excited to spot the Black-headed Honeyeater that obviously wasn't paying any attention to the framing. More interesting photos of this series to come soon. I just don't have much time for blogging recently.
Black-headed Honeyeater, Tasmania
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Welcome Swallow

I feel happy every time I manage to get a photo of a Swallow. But I keep failing to freeze one in the air. They are so fast and unpredictable!
Welcome Swallow, Tasmania
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At the doorway

Green Rosella, Tasmania
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Monday, January 5, 2009

KuKaBuRa :D

A friend mentioned that he spotted a Kookaburra a couple of days ago, which reminded me that I photographed one last week too. Aren't they beautiful!
Laughing Kookaburra, Tasmania
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Secret Santa, Thank you!

I was given this fantastic Eastern Whipbird by a secret Santa at work. I hope that he or she reads this blog every now and then and will see this post. I would like to thank you, whoever you are, for the nice present, and for the wonderful surprise! Best wishes for the New Year!
Eastern Whipbird, Wild Republic
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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Decorated Christmas (gum) tree

Musk Lorikeets, Tasmania
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Friday, January 2, 2009

Speed limit 5 km/h

This little fellow is obviously way above the speed limit! Do you think I should send this photo to the police? :D
Noisy Miner, Tasmania
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