I've spent the last three sunsets at this location on #FraserIsland hoping for a dingo to trot up the beach...but no such luck. It's been a tough gig ?
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Some of you may remember my posts late last year about Frank the Brown Falcon and his family of “Frankletts” :) Well this is two of the three chicks that we observed over a period of only 8 weeks. The first day we ever saw Frank was the day we made the decision to buy the property, that day we witnessed Frank capture a duckling. From that day we visited regularly to watch and learn about the growing Frank family. In the last couple of weeks it was really cool to watch the fledglings leave the nest into the tree for several days before moving on to neighbouring trees. Eventually one by one they disappeared into the big wide world on their own. No we occasionally we see a brown falcon flyby. These images are from the last time we saw all three siblings together. ... See more
It is so dry at the moment that the colours of our landscapes are very drab. I was able to add some green into this image by using the shallow depth-of-field to my advantage and taking a few steps to the side to use low hanging sunlit gum leaves to add green to the gold. Fingers crossed we get a good drop of rain soon, it’s so dry we’ve had multiple dust storms in the past week. ... See more
Here’s another Galah being a bit of a larrikin for me. Although, I don’t like how the branch is obstructing the galah in this image, I felt it was appropriate to post a bird displaying its feathers in all their glory, as yesterday I attended a birdwatching workshop and talk by distinguished Australian Ecologist Peter Menkhorst. Alongside two other authors and three artists, Mr Menkhorst compiled “The Australian Bird Guide” — a comprehensive guide containing more than 4,500 paintings of 900 bird species, taking 8 years to complete and was recently published by the CSIRO. We learned a lot about identifying species, their feather structures, features and behavioural habits.
We’re particularly lucky here in Australia when it comes to birdwatching; around half of our bird species are endemic, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world.
Birdwatching, Birding, Twitching, whatever you want to call it, it’s an interest that can be done from anywhere on Earth (with exception to parts of the South Pole), all you need is eyes and ears, preferably some binoculars and bird guide. I would encourage everyone to take some time to observe birds and their behaviour, they are so diverse and fascinating, it’s a very relaxing and rewarding activity for all ages…not to mention birds are descendants of the dinosaurs…how cool is that! ... See more