Friday, August 24, 2012

Australian Hobby - part 5

Here's a few more photos of my favourite little male Hobby this time feeding on what I think is a Starling kill on his favourite feeding perch! Haven't been seeing the female around for a couple of weeks, think she might be sitting on eggs somewhere! Hope to see some young ones flying around in the not to distant future!

Tried a different camera setting on this picture... the higher ISO setting washed out the colours a bit!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Mice beware...!!

With my camera in the car last Sunday I took a quick drive to a mates farm to get some grain for my backyard chooks.
Mice live a risky life in this neck of the woods!

Australian Kestrel on the lookout!

Black-shouldered Kite with freshly caught mouse!

Mmmmmm..... tasty!!

Belly full... sun on the horizon.... time to find a roost for the night!

and as soon as the sun has set... the nightshift are ready to roll!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gilbert's Whistler at Gluepot

Quick last minute trip to Gluepot yesterday, birding was slow but did come across an amazingly obliging pair of Gilberts Whistlers! Here's some photos of the male...

Pretty happy with how they came out! especially as it was quite overcast and these birds can be quite hard to photograph due to their love of shadowy bushes!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Happy days indeed!!

Dark, cold and wet is a good way to summarise a typical South Aussie winter and generally it's not conducive to good birding conditions.... (that's my excuse anyway!) hence I have been a little slack on the blog just of late!!
All this is about to change though! I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel! The days are getting longer and there has been a shift in the way the local birdlife is behaving! Calling, singing and scrapping with each other? gone now are the days of conserving energy and just surviving.... the breeding season has begun!! All around now the sublime sounds of all the local birdlife can be heard singing their little hearts out! Maybe not officially but nature knows no such calender... Spring has sprung! Happy days indeed!
 Back to my lack of posts! Whilst conserving energy and hibernating during the depths of winter, I decided I needed a new camera to try to do justice to the beauty that nature provides! So with a new Canon 600D on my shoulder this Spring I am hoping to bring some of Australia's natural beauty to all who peruse this blog...
Below is the results of my first few days with my new camera....happy so far!  
Purple-crowned Lorikeet

Australian Owlet-nightjar

Brown Falcon
Brown Falcon profile

Australian Kestral

Purple-crowned Lorikeet up close!

Mmm... mallee blossum!