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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Hooks

Specialized tools and adaptations that animals develop over millennia can be amazing. This time I would like to point readers' attention towards Flying Foxes feet. Direction and shape of those feet and claws serve its purpose so well. I wonder if they were evolving simultaneously with all the other elements or started to shape and change after the bat was able to fly well...
Flying Foxes, NSW
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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Small, Black and Blue :D

above: Baby Blackbird, Tasmania
above: Blackbird, Tasmania
above: Male Superb Blue Wren, NSW
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Noisy M -- brave, aggresive and loud!

We all know that Noisy Miners are sociable, brave, territorial and aggressive. But how brave exactly? Photos like this one show something more than the standard 'squeak! squeak!'-and-fly-away behavior. This little bird was chasing two big Ravens high in the sky and for a long distance. I can only speculate on whether the Ravens had previously threatened or raided Noisy M's nest, but it is a fact that agility, braveness and support among family/community members make them a very successful species.
Noisy Miner attacking a pair of Australian Ravens, NSW
I wish I had more time to just watch the sky with a camera in hands. A lot of interesting action is going on there all the time. I also wish this image had less noise. Tried to remove some of it, but with very limited success...
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Friday, August 14, 2009

Happy Duck Day (88)

Many years ago, here at PoAA, Fridays used to be Duck Days. I realized that I haven't posted duck photos for a very long time and decided to correct this awful mistake today. Happy Duckday to everyone!
above (top to bottom) : Australian Wood Duck (female in flight), male Chestnut Teal, female Chestnut Teal, Australian Shoveler, male Australian Wood Duck, Mallard, photographed in Tasmania and NSW
and some relatives too. Quack! Quack!
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Who's hiding behind the log?

Eastern Water Dragon, NSW
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Friday, August 7, 2009

Sulphur-crested Cockatoos

The White Cockatoos were having a lot of fun high up in the branches. The camera, on the contrary, was struggling to cope with the extreme contrasts. They are a bit too much even for this good and fairly big CMOS sensor. Cloudy days seem to be more suitable for photographing these awesome parrots.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, NSW
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Kookaburra in flight

I have been extremely busy with work lately.
Fortunately, today I could steal several hours for a walk and a few photos. And as it usually happens - wildlife and photography are far much more rewarding than the rapidly deteriorating animation industry. Being an all-animals-lover I keep getting excited by the commonest seagulls, pigeons, noisy M-s and blackbirds, and being an opportunistic photographer I keep shooting all the creatures around me, no matter how many thousands of images of this particular species I already have. The reward is that every now and then I get an extraordinary image like this one - an image that the naked eye cannot see, a frozen moment, beautifully lit and typical in every aspect. Positive emotions, pride and satisfaction that I'm improving my skill are the free bonuses. It really is great when you see something that you don't see every day!
And Kookas? I love them!
Laughing Kookaburra in flight, NSW
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