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Monday, November 30, 2009

Little Wattlebird and other random images

As we steadily progress towards the final post in this bloG, I'm trying to go through all my old photos and find any images from the last year that are worth posting.
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Photographic memory: Common Starlings

Common Starlings, Tasmania
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Eastern Whipbird (28)

I spot Eastern Whipbirds from time to time, I can hear them relatively often too, but photographing them is not easy. So far I have completely failed to get an image of an adult bird and this youngster posed only briefly in the dense shadows...
Young Eastern Whipbird, NSW
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Photographic memory: Black-faced Cormorants

The image above shows well the differences between mature and juvenile Black-faced Cormorants. Youngsters are brown and smaller. The white plumes on the back of the adult bird's neck are apparently a part of the breeding outfit. For a long time I thought that they appeared, just like in humans, with aging.
Black-faced Cormorants, Tasmania
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Pigeons

Pigeons and Doves are not too spectacular, but very cute. They are quite common in cities, but somehow manage keep their distance from the photographer. At least the representatives of these two species do.
above: Spotted Turtle-Dove, Tasmania
above: Crested Pigeon, NSW
above: Spotted Turtle-Dove, Tasmania
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Photographic memory: Tasmanian Native-hen

Tasmanian Native-hen
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Lewin's Honeyeater

First and only encounter: Lewin's Honeyeater, NSW
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Australian Reed-Warbler

Another first-time appearance: Australian Reed-Warbler, NSW
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Small birds - low quality shots

It's always hard to draw a line between good photos that deserve publishing and average ones that never see the world. Especially for species that never appear on good photos. There isn't much time left for this bloG, but I think at this point I'm ready to redefine my own quality control requirements. Small birds which hide in the undergrowth are a serious challenge for the photographer. The lighting is poor most of the time, they move fast and are so tiny to make focusing very difficult. On top of all this, the setting is seldom anything that can be qualified as 'inspiring', 'clean' or 'beautiful'.

Many times I see a tiny creature and feel very lucky to even be able to get a snap of it, so that later at home I can identify the bird. Often this happens only once and there is no chance for a second take. Maybe I'm missing something important, but until I get much better images of some of these species I will keep posting average photos which at least show the birds and can be used as a reference by other bloggers.
above: Grey Fantail, Tasmania
above: Brown Thornbill, Tasmania
above: Variegated Fairywren, NSW
above: Spotted Pardalote, Tasmania
above: Striated Pardalote
above: Striated Pardalote
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Photographic memory: Red-necked Wallabies

Red-necked Wallabies, Tasmania
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Corellas II - What a nice family!

Corellas dropped by again this morning. At first the two kids walked up and down the branch...
... and then the parents arrived and each gave a good meal to one chick.
What a nice family! Very cute indeed.
Little Corella family, NSW
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Vertical shots

above: Pacific Gull, Tasmania

I somehow subconsciously avoid posting vertical photos on this bloG. They don't fit as nicely on the pages as the horizontal ones. Here is a random collection of such vertical photos. The only common thing about them is the format.
above: Welcome Swallow, NSW
above: Laughing Kookaburra, NSW
above: Black Swan, NSW
above: Long-billed Corella, Tasmania
above: Flying Fox, NSW
above:White-faced Heron, NSW
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