A Migratory Shorebird

The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) is a small to medium wader, with a body length from 17cm to 22cm. It has a wingspan of 36 to 44 centimetres and weighs in at 65 grams. These small birds breed in northern Siberia, then before the harsh Arctic winter sets in, migrate to spend time in the Australian summer. They mostly end up in south-east Australia.

During the non-breeding season, most of the world’s population of the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers occur in Australia.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
(Calidris acuminata)

The above photo was taken at the end of October. It was my first sighting of the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper for this approaching summer. I only observed the one bird at this time.

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata)

 

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
(Calidris acuminata)

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
(Calidris acuminata)

This morning, I returned to Lake Colac and was pleasantly surprised to see that the numbers of the Sharp-tailed Sandpipers had increased. There were about 12 or 13 birds feeding on this short section of shoreline – about 50 metres in length.

These waders will depart the non-breeding grounds of Australia in April next year. They will be one of the first waders to leave.

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Streets of Footscray

I recently did a photo shoot in the streets of Footscray, a western suburb of Melbourne. It is a fantastic place for this type of photography.

My camera of choice for this shoot was a Nikon EM SLR film camera and I had loaded with Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white film.

Railway Station

Footscray Railway Station

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1904 – Historic facade

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Street Art

Mural

Street Art

Mural

Street Art

 

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Spotted Pardalote

At 8 – 10cms in length, the Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus) is one of Australia’s smallest birds. Over the past few weeks, I have been fortunate enough to take many photographs of this beautiful bird.

Spotted Pardalote

Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)

The male bird is easily identified by its bright colours and white spots. So far, I have only seen the female fleetingly. She did not sit still long enough for a photo. The female Spotted Pardalote has yellow spots.

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The Spotted Pardalote is also called the Diamond Bird or Jewellery Bird.

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Antiques

The following photographs were shot using film (Kodak Professional Tri-X 400 black and white negative film). I believe that by using black and white film it compliments my love of taking pictures of old buildings. Many of these old buildings were built in the 19th century or early 20th century, and seem to have more character than many modern buildings.

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Shot on Film – Tri-X 400

I have finally finished shooting my second roll of film for this year. After reading some good things about Kodak Tri-X 400 I decided to give it ago. And, I must say, I am extremely pleased with the results.

 

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Street Art

Colac Botanic Gardens

Colac Botanic Gardens

Garage Door

Garage Door

Path Along The Creek

The path Along the Creek

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Breeding Season

I have a pair of Superb Fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus) resident in my backyard. Over the past few weeks, I have taken a series of photographs of the transformation of the male bird as he changes into his breeding colours.

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Male Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

The above photo shows the male bird in eclipse plumage. Other than his brighter blue tail and his black bill, for the winter he looks much like his female mate.

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Female Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

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Start of the moult – Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus)

Within a few days of my first photo, the start of the moult was evident.

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Superb Fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus)

As the days go by, his breeding colours become more evident.

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Superb Fairy-wrens (Malurus cyaneus)

In this photo the moult is complete. He proudly wears his full breeding colours.

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Nature at Agnes Water

Recently I spent a few days at Agnes Water in Central Queensland. Agnes Water is a coastal town just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, so it is an ideal place to escape the harsh winter of my part of Australia.

The following photos are just a few of the species I encountered in the natural world of Agnes Water.

 

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Australian Monitor Lizard – commonly known as a Goanna

Our holiday accommodation faced east, and was high up on a hill, so watching the sunrise each morning was a delight.

 

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Sunrise at Agnes Water

This Australasian Figbird (Sphecotheres vieilloti) was enjoying her breakfast in a nearby, well, fig tree.

 

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Australasian Figbird
Sphecotheres vieilloti

As I stood on the veranda, waiting to see which birds would appear, my attention was drawn to this Brown House Spider (Steatoda sp) backlit by the early morning sun.

 

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Brown House Spider
Steatoda sp

 

 

When I saw this Grevillea in a local park, I knew it would not be long before one of the many Blue-faced Honeyeaters (Entomyzon cyanotis) appeared.

 

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Grevillea

 

 

Blue-faced Honeyeater

Blue-faced Honeyeater 
Entomyzon cyanotis

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