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N 28 B 276 C 1 E Jan 15, 2020 F Jan 15, 2020
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Black-faced Woodswallow mating
Artamus cinereus

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

One of the other bird species that we found at Lake Tyrell were these subtly beautiful Black-faced Woodswallows. Several pairs were constructing nests in the small trees & dense shrubs that are dotted around the lake.

I noticed one of these birds frequently return to this particular branch while it was hawking insects. On this occasion, another bird flew in to a nearby branch & both began what I now know is a type of mutual mating dance (I witnessed it 3 times over my visits to the lake). Both were very slowly moving their wings & tail about in an almost synchronised manner for around 20 seconds or so when suddenly the male flew in & the pair mated. The whole affair was over in a matter of seconds but I managed to snap a couple of frames in time.

Tags:   Black-faced Woodswallow Artamus cinereus birds bird woodswallow

N 52 B 366 C 6 E Jan 14, 2020 F Jan 14, 2020
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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 red-headed male, which are rarer than the more common black-headed males. We didn't see that many of this colour during our stay so I was pretty happy to come away with an image of one of these stunning males.

Tags:   Gouldian Finch Erythrura gouldiae birds bird finch

N 33 B 291 C 6 E Jan 13, 2020 F Jan 13, 2020
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Crimson Finch (male)
Neochmia phaeton

September 20th, 2019
Kununurra, Western Australia, Australia

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

Any wonder how these little beauties got their name?! They are like little glowing red orbs as they zip through the sky!

We found quite a few of these finches at the caravan park we stayed at in Kununurra. Dozens of them were feeding on recently seeded grasses that grew all around the shore of the lake. So we picked our spot early one morning and waited for them to come in. Being finches, they move around very quickly, so it proved a little tough to get decent shots, however we managed a couple. It was an awesome morning!

Tags:   Crimson Finch Neochmia phaeton finch birds bird

N 33 B 366 C 4 E Jan 12, 2020 F Jan 11, 2020
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Musk Duck (male)
Biziura lobata

December 30th, 2019
Lysterfield, Victoria, Australia

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

I had been wanting to photograph this species for some time but they had always eluded me - until the resident Musk Ducks at Lysterfield Lake finally decided to play nice!

I had visited this spot on the previous morning, there was no wind to speak of & the water was still. However, this meant the water colour was quite unusual & proved difficult to produce the kind of image I was after.

The following morning, with a bit more wind, the ripples across the water produced a much more pleasing blue colour! At first it looked like it would all be in vain as the Musks were much further out on the water. I lay on the water's edge & waited when suddenly this male swam right into the little protected cove where I was & began preening. Man I was thrilled!

Tags:   Musk Duck Biziura lobata birds bird duck

N 47 B 461 C 8 E Jan 12, 2020 F Jan 11, 2020
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Comb-crested Jacana
Irediparra gallinacea

September 17th, 2019
Kununurra, Western Australia, Australia

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

What a fantastic species - the curiously quirky Comb-crested Jacana! These birds spend their life living on bodies of water that waterlilies or similar aquatic vegetation. Their extra long legs & toes enable the Jacana to spread their weight evenly across waterlilies which gives them the appearance of walking on water. On our trip up North last year, I was particular keen to produce an image that show these wonderful feet!

Tags:   Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea birds bird jacana


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