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N 750 B 34.5K C 46 E Oct 29, 2019 F Oct 29, 2019
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Crimson Chat (male)
Epthianura tricolor

October 20th, 2019
Lake Tyrrell, Sea Lake, Victoria, Australia

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender

Happy to come away with a reasonable image of this species after a couple of sessions at Lake Tyrell. There was no shortage of these chats (as well as their Orange & White-fronted cousins), but getting a decent image was a tough proposition! This particular male was busily feeding a youngster.

Tags:   Crimson Chat Epthianura tricolor birds bird chat

N 1.2K B 89.5K C 96 E Dec 29, 2018 F Dec 28, 2018
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Pink Robin (male)
Petroica rodinogaster

December 10th, 2018
Beechy Forrest, Victoria, Australia

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender
Canon 600EX II-RT flash with extender

One of the highlights of the year was finally having the opportunity to photograph this brilliantly coloured species! This somewhat elusive species breed in dark, densely vegetated gullies in moist eucalypt forests or cool temperate rainforests, which can make photography very tricky! However, this little beauty & his mate have made their home at the base of a waterfall in the Otway Ranges which allows enough natural light through the forest canopy to produce some really nice images. Despite fracturing my wrist after a fall, nothing was going to dampen my spirits after photographing this little stunner!

Tags:   Pink Robin Petroica rodinogaster birds

N 691 B 96.3K C 45 E Mar 11, 2019 F Mar 11, 2019
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Hooded Plover
Thinornis rubricollis
Vulnerable in Australia & Victoria

February 2nd, 2019
Cape Paterson, Victoria, Australia

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender

One of my favourite things about visiting Cape Paterson is there are several pairs of Hooded Plovers along most of the beaches. I particularly like exploring the reefs as they make for such interesting surroundings.

Tags:   hooded plover Thinornis rubricollis birds bird plover

N 547 B 62.7K C 25 E Jan 19, 2019 F Jan 19, 2019
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Painted Finch (male)
Emblema pictum

May 9th, 2018
Simpson's Gap, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender
Canon 600EX II-RT flash

This image is my favourite photograph of my trip to Alice Springs - the absolutely stunning male Painted Finch. These finches were my number one target bird to photograph for the trip & boy did they prove to be one of the most challenging species we attempted to photograph! Although we had two locations where they were seen each time we visited, getting a decent image was an incredibly tough proposition!

We put in many hours trying to photograph this species, with our best opportunities being at Simpson's Gap. However due to the the amount of visitors to this popular tourist location & the finches being very wary of people, we came away from several sessions with not much to show for our efforts. To make matters even more challenging, the waterholes from which the finches preferred to drink weren't photographer friendly (difficult to access & get clear line of sight) & the sheer size of the rock face of the Gap itself meant this location only had a couple of hours of sunlight each day - right in the middle of the day with the light at it's harshest!

On our second last day in Alice Springs, after a couple of hours of not much action, the birding Gods smiled upon us literally minutes before the shadows cast by the cliff face were creeping over the rocks around the waterhole. I couldn't believe my eyes when this little stunner landed at eye level on a very appealing rock right in front of us! The next few seconds is what bird photography is all about for me - the absolute rush of ecstasy mixed with anxiety as the focus point locks on target & the shutter fires away & you pray that just one of the shots is in focus & the bird gives you the eye contact & the pose you desperately want to capture!! And when that fleeting moment is over & you quick as lightning scroll through the images on the back of the camera looking for that one special image.. AND to actually find that image on the back of the camera that makes you go WOW.. that right there is why I love what I do & will spend hours & hours searching & walking & crawling & waiting - chasing the opportunity to recapture that feeling!

And just sometimes, on those rare amazingly wonderful moments, everything comes together.

Tags:   Painted Finch Emblema pictum birds bird

N 997 B 72.9K C 59 E Nov 7, 2019 F Nov 7, 2019
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Gouldian Finch (male)
Erythrura gouldiae

September 21st, 2019
Wyndham, Western Australia, Australia

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender

The local caravan park in Wyndham is a well known hot spot for these incredibly colourful Finches. We drove about 8 hours from Pine Creek in the NT to Wyndham to spend a couple of nights here with hopes of photographing this species. Thankfully, a couple of flocks dropped by the waterhole of a morning for a quick drink. This is a black-headed male, the more common of the male colours. They also occur in red-headed and orange headed varieties.

Tags:   Erythrura gouldiae Gouldian Finch birds bird finch


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