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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sahara morning in Sydney

Quite apocalyptic, this is how Sydney looked earlier this morning. Photos were taken at least an hour past dawn without a filter and are not processed in any way. It's caused by a dust storm. Dust is everywhere – tiny particles covering all horizontal surfaces. It reminds me of my childhood in Northern Africa, where dust storms, Ghibli, used to be a common phenomenon. The Sahara dust there used to be of much redder color and the windows were designed to protect the inside of houses much better. Australian window designs are ridiculous.
Dust storm over Sydney, 23 Sept 2009
(third image taken about an hour later)
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Currawongs are very photogenic!

Pied Currawong, NSW
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Monday, September 21, 2009

Pink & Green (81)

The first image shows what the 30D sensor is capable of. It's good that sometimes the auto-focus is that precise and my 70-300 zoom lens performs well. It's worth clicking to see the high resolution version.
Galah, NSW
Red-rumped (Grass) Parrot, ACT
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Willy Wagtail

Finally, it seems that I will have some time to start going through all the unsorted photos of the past 18 months... My friend Grace, posted recently a very nice photo of a Willy Wagtail in action, which reminded me that I had some WW pics ready to go too. Here's one.
Willy Wagtail, NSW
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Sunday, September 20, 2009

The window

The apartment I live in at the moment is on the fifth floor, but the building is on a hill. That's why the view out of the window is quite spectacular. During clear days I can even see the silhouettes of Blue Mountains, or at least that's what I think they are.
I don't feed birds too often, but every now and then when I realize that there is excess in the supply of bananas, grapes or oranges, I get helpers on board.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The wet birds of Canberra

I had to travel to Canberra for a day on Monday and was hoping to get the chance to photograph some of the birds there. Unfortunately the weather was incredibly nasty all day. It rained and rained, and rained, and I could hardly take the camera out of the bag. It was even more frustrating, because of the fact that there were King Parrots and Crimson Rosellas everywhere. Even though I can see representatives of those two species here, in Sydney, I can never get close enough for a good photo. Well... I could get close enough in Canberra, but was too worried about my precious gear.
top to bottom: Wet Australian Raven, Male Red-rumped Parrot, Male Australian King Parrot, Crimson Rosella, Wet Australian Magpie, ACT
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