Friday, April 13, 2012

Tits & Hobbies.....

Friday the 13th didn't live up to it's unlucky reputation for me today! In fact I found it to be quite lucky on the birding front! The following set of shots show two of my favourite local birds which I often try to photograph.
 Occasionally the planets align and the birds cooperate... this is especially unusual when it comes to Crested Shrike-tits! A bird that is never easy to photograph due to its love of shady places, today 3 birds were happily feeding out in the open at the winery where I work. I heard them calling grabbed my camera and below is the results...
Crested Shrike-tit




 Also this morning the male of the pair of Hobbies which often frequent a large gum out the front of my house in Freeling, was feeding on a freshly killed Starling on his favourite feeding perch. So managed a few shots of him to as I was leaving to go to work!

Australian Hobby feasting on a Starling... early in the morning!



When I got home the same male Hobby was perched right at the top of the same tree just keeping an eye on his local patch and soaking up some warm afternoon sunshine!

Same male Hobby later in the afternoon...

5 comments:

  1. now that's what I call a good day at work!! Fantastic Photos. I have never seen the crested shrike-tits, these photos are beautiful!

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  2. Thanks Judi, the CST's breed every year in one of the Eucalypt plantations on the winery grounds, they are a threatened species here in the Mt Lofty Ranges in SA! and one of only three pairs I know of in the Barossa valley! Never easy to photograph so I am pretty happy with these shots!
    Chris

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  3. Yeah, well done to get these shots Chris. If they're not in shady spots they're 30m up in the canopy. Some great poses too.

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  4. Good call Pete! I reckon 98% of the time they are at 30m up.... so yeah pretty happy to find them at eye level!

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  5. If i can say anything after watching this, i must say Awesome all time.
    Unseen and realistic.. 100/100 points to you.
    Great post.
    Flinders Ranges Tours
    M.Johnson.

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