Thursday, April 28, 2011
An interesting visitor to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens, a Yellow-billed Spoonbill. It appeared to be slightly immature as its bill had not yet turned yellow and its feathers and legs were greyish. Faint pinking of the breast, neck and head made for an interesting observation.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The wetland area at Healesville Sanctuary has a few treasures that can be a challenge to photograph in the bright light and shadows. A Great Egret posed in the sunshine for me whilst a Pied Heron was perched high in a tree. A pair of Plumed Whistling Ducks waddled down to the waters edge allowing a brief glimpse.
Whenever I go near the coast I always have one eye open for Orange Bellied Parrots, a rare bird that is close to extinction in the wild with as few as 15 left. Healesville Sanctuary has a successful breeding program for these lovely little birds and I counted 8 in a protected aviary. Let's hope they can save them.
A visit to Healesville Sanctuary enabled me to practice taking shots of birds in flight, quite tricky as it turned out. The birds would fly around the arena at great speed and the background was constantly changing from light skies to dark backgrounds. The Black Kite (top) was the most predicatable and easiest to capture, whilst the Brown Falcon was far too quick. On queue, a 'wild' Wedgie flew in to join the fracas and allowed a couple of decent shots (bottom).
Monday, April 25, 2011
An amazing place to visit for birdwatchers, I must have observed at least 50 different species in total including some that I had never seen before including the Great Crested Grebe, Banded Stilt, Red-necked Avocet and White Bellied Sea Eagle. Photographic conditions were not the best with variable cloud cover ruining most shots.