Half Asleep

On QI, a TV quiz show I was watching recently, the question was asked : “Why do Flamingos stand on one leg?”

I was surprised by the answer. I did not know that the Flamingo has the ability to stand on one leg and, the half of the bird with the leg touching the ground remains awake while the other half sleeps. I then got to thinking about the birds I have photographed doing the same thing.

Half Asleep - Pacific Black Duck

Half Asleep – Pacific Black Duck

Another Half Asleep Pacific Black Duck

Another Half Asleep Pacific Black Duck – this side is certainly awake!

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Limeburners Point

Yesterday I had an appointment in Geelong, Victoria. On arrival I found I had about an hour to spare, and I decided to take a look at Limeburners Point, a popular fishing and boat launching spot not far out of the CBD.

There were plenty of the usual suspects (Silver Gulls), but then I noticed some Pacific Gulls. They were using the light towers as roosts.

Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)

Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)

Pacific Gull

Pacific Gull #2 (Larus pacificus)

I then walked from the car park out onto the breakwater, where I was able to capture the images below.

Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)

Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)

Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)

Silver Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)

Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)- Juvenile

Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)- Juvenile

Pacific Gull

Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus)- Juvenile

On the bay side of the breakwater there were a pair of Great Crested Grebes and a Little Black Cormorant diving in search of food. The Grebes were a bit far out for a good picture but I managed a record shot, which is below.

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Great Crested Grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) - off to a better spot

Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) – off to a better spot

Then, as I was returning to my car I spotted a pair of Masked Lapwings.

Masked Lapwing

Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles)

All in all, I feel I had a productive hour.

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As Summer Ends #2

This summer has set new records for temperatures. In my part of Australia, a new record was set for a heatwave – several days in a row with temperatures around 45 to 46 degrees Celsius (113 – 114.8 degrees Fahrenheit). Other parts of Australia fared much worse, and a large part of the Australian continent is suffering drought conditions as they have had no rain for a couple of years.

During these days of extreme temperatures I spent time watching the birds enjoy cool water in the bird bath.

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - Enjoying a cool bath!

House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) – Enjoying a cool bath!

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) - After their bath!

New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) – After their bath!

I must confess I had to delete many images which were blurred. These little birds move at incredible speed when bathing and as such many images were not good enough to use.

Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) - Some after a cool drink were happy just to pose!

Grey Shrike-thrush (Colluricincla harmonica) – Some after a cool drink were happy just to pose!

Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) watching a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - Are you finished yet?

Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops) watching a House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) – Are you finished yet?

 

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As Summer Ends…

As summer draws to an end, I have begun to review the many images I have made over the past few months. The following butterfly photographs are my first attempts at capturing these colourful creatures.

Yellow Admiral

Yellow Admiral (Vanessa itea)

Imperial Jezebel (Delias harpalyce)

Imperial Jezebel (Delias harpalyce)

The above two photographs were taken on extremely windy days. These delicate creatures appeared to be clinging on for dear life. Needless to say, I had to delete some of the images.

Silky Hairstreak (Pseudalmenus chlorinda)

Meadow Argus (Junonia villida)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

Cabbage White (Pieris rapae)

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Scratching an Itch

Here are two of my favourite birds snapped when they were scratching an itch.

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus).

Superb Fairy-wren (Malurus cyaneus).

Both these shots were taken in my garden.

Crimson Rosella

Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans).

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Colac Bird Reservation

I have just returned from the Colac Bird Reservation. On my arrival the sun had already risen  and the birds were having an early morning feed.

It is going to be another day of extreme heat here in Australia, and in my part of the country we are all on bush and grass fire alert. It is also the anniversary of Black Saturday when 173 lives were lost and 2079 homes were destroyed. On that Saturday there were up to 400 individual fires burning in the sate of Victoria.

Early morning at the Bird Reservation.

Early morning at the Bird Reservation.

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The WOW Factor!

With over five decades of photography experience, which was self-taught, I have read in many books and magazines on the subject, about the wow factor.

The photograph that you look at and go “Wow! I like that!”

The master landscape photographer Ansel Adams said if you got 10 to 12 of these shots in a year you were doing well. In the days I used film, shooting 36 exposure rolls of Kodacolor film or Kodachrome slides, I was happy to get just one in a roll. Sometimes it was only one in four or five rolls. I was also told by other photographers I was lucky to get those results. So to take an image that says “Wow!” was a very elusive task.

The following image taken yesterday at the Colac Bird Reservation has that Wow factor! What do you think?

Black Swan

Black Swan

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Tip: One of the best pieces of advice I’ve been given: Only ever show your best work.