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Old Jun 10, 2007, 3:27 AM   #1
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Lovely day today so I had a walk around Jells park, with the Fz30 and Oly Tcon in tow. This is a park in the middle of the melbourne suburbs but where the local creek spreads out a bit into some swampy lakes.

You can't go far in OZ without a parrot popping up, sulphur crested cocaktoo (f7.1 & 1250, handheld)


made it to the water and the eurasian coot wanted a feed (f6.3,1/320, handheld)


back into the bush and the sound of a kookaburra laughing is just part of the ambience (f3.7 & 1/100 and tripod as it was darker under the canopy)


a common bronzewing was feeding nearby (f4, 1/80)


And of course there are purple swamphens everywhere, out in the open (f3.6, 1/50, tripod)


and in amongst the reeds (f3.6, 1/500 handheld)


and the white faced heron is in breeding feathers (f3.7, 1/400, handheld)


The grey butchebird was looking for a feed....my mother used to hate these, as their name implies they used to buther her canaries with that vicious hooked beak (f4, 1500, hand held)


and I was pretty happy to catch a couple of bell miners as you normally just hear their bell like call and do not actually see them, both at f4 1/250 handheld




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Old Jun 10, 2007, 4:39 AM   #2
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The clarity/sharpness of these is very impressive Rafael, particularly the lower shutter speed shots. I`d say the Kookaburra is my favourite, but theyve all got loads of detail and are very well framed.Superb work!

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Old Jun 10, 2007, 8:13 PM   #3
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Thanks Mark. I would say the Tcon is starting to deliver. I must say my favourite shot is teh last, but perhaps that is because I know how hard the bell miners are to capture. You hear them all over the place but they are a shy and jumpy little bird.
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Old Jun 10, 2007, 11:15 PM   #4
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That's it Rafael. I am moving to Melbourne

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A nice collection of birds. I like that down pointing Bell Miner. I would ask if they do that often but since you say you never hardly see them I won't bother.
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Old Jun 11, 2007, 12:01 AM   #6
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Don't believe ya Fred. No WA person could stand our wonderful weather. I personally reckon it is too warm and am considering retiring to Tassie. My wife reckons she'd join me as long as we get an electric blanket.

Steve, the bell miner is a honey eater so I suspect that they do hang upside down to feed on gum tree flowers, like many other honey eaters. The rainbow lorikeets that I have posted before hang at all sorts of angles to get to nectar. It is generally a challenge to get them in a tree, as they are flitting about at all angles feeding, hence most of my shots have been in our back yard feeder.
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Old Jun 11, 2007, 12:23 AM   #7
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Great shots Raf

My cup has been over flowing with all these insects photos despite their super quality.

I doubt if I will ever say the same about bird photos!

That 2nd Bell Miner shot told me these must be from Australia!

In Brooklyn,New York the birds are right side up rather than upside down :?



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Bill, what is this upside down stuff. I have a map on my study wall and it shows us right way up....LOL

Thanks for the kind words....
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Wonderful series. Love to see the different species of birds you have. The bell miners are really neat, the last one reminds me of the antics of a chic-a-dee.
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Old Jun 11, 2007, 9:57 AM   #10
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The kookaburra is cute, and the coacatoo is awesome. I wish we had more birds around here.
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