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Yikes, I never really think of Tassie as being that bushfire prone.

 

mmackwan, do you have you're own private raptor park?

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Graynomad i wish it was true may be if i win a lotto.

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Nice shots everyone. A few more from my collection. Some of my favourite species from my patch...

 

Blue-winged parrot, Sacred Kingfisher, Shining Bronze-cuckoo, Southern emu-wren (male) , Superb Fairy-wren, Spotted Pardalote (male)

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Posted (edited)

I love the little birds. They are much harder to photograph I think, due to the fact that it's difficult to fill the frame with them.

 

Nice work.

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Geoff, never realised that you had such a compendium of beautiful bird photographs, lovely.

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Posted (edited)

few more

canon 7d + 500mm f4 + 1.4 TC

 

New Holland Honeyeater

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this one without the TC

Powerful Owl (Biggest Owl in Australia)

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Details of what species?

 

Please do include names and latin if known. Thanks. Matt

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Really nice photos, that last one looks like me when I get up in the morning.

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@GW just edited the post, Thanks graynomad they are beautiful birds to see it in wild they my favourite species of Owl family.

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Really enjoying this thread :)

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Southern Boobook

Canon 7d + 500mm f4 ( no croping done to the image)

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Posted (edited)

Nice daylight sighting of this species. Looks a bit grumpy. Did you get any with the eyes open wider?

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There you go Geoff it was very overcast and started raining while i was photographing the Boobook it was released from care.

 

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Great-looking bird, I gotta get out more.

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Yeah, that's more like it. Fantastic little owl. Love the goggle face mask. Tell me more ~ What had happened that it needed care?

 

A few more of mine.... Grey-tailed Tattler, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Brolgas, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Black Swan

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More good photos, the swan looks like he means you no good.

 

I better have a rummage and come up with some more pics.

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Yeah, that's more like it. Fantastic little owl. Love the goggle face mask. Tell me more ~ What had happened that it needed care?

 

A few more of mine.... Grey-tailed Tattler, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Brolgas, White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron, Black Swan

Geoff am not sure about the injury, wasn't bad so was released pretty quick, love your swan pic i have got a similar pic but on a overcast day, love the ruffled feathers look.

 

 

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Nomad & mmackwan,

 

Yep that swan meant business. i was walking past its nest when in a flash it was coming straight at me. I took that one shot and beat a hasty retreat.

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We spent 6 weeks camped on the banks of the Victoria river just outside Timber Ck in the Northern Territory.

At low tide this bad boy would often fish in the shallows right below the truck and the first time I saw him I nearly broke a leg getting down to the water level. After a while though I had so many photos that I didn't bother taking any more. Occasionally his girlfriend (they have yellow eyes) would turn up as well.

 

Jabiru (aka Black-necked stork), Victoria River, Timber Creek, NT

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If I just sat on the bank he would often get so close I couldn't focus with the 400, at times like this I'd like a long zoom.

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Who can update this topic with some new photos? It's a shame some of the older images no longer show, always a problem when hosting photos away from ST.

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Last July we took a day-long tour with Del Richards out of Port Douglas, Queensland. We're not hardcore twitchers, but wanted to see some of the birds in the area. In the end, we saw more than 90 different species, including some of the following:

 

Laughing Kookaburra

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Red-browed Firetail Finch

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Macleay's Honeyeater (endemic to the region)

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Double-eyed Fig-Parrot

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Galah

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Red-back Fairy-wren (female here)

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Blue-faced Honeyeater

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@@Geoff - all I can say is Wow!

 

Too many smashing images to comment on the ones I like, but for some reason the Shining Bronze-cuckoo strikes me most of all.

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Thanks for your comments @@offshorebirder

 

A few more recent images. Hooded Plovers. Like your Piping Plover this species is endangered and i do a lot of volunteer work with Birdlife Australia monitoring this species.

 

I took the image of the chick about 2 days before it fledged. The amazing story behind the chick is that it was one of two chicks to fledge that was reared by a single male parent after the female parent bird was killed by a fox a day before they hatched.

 

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Here are some pictures we took in the Northern Territory:

 

White-faced Heron, Katherine Gorge

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Peregrine Falcon, Katherine Gorge

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Emu, Kakadu

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Jabiru, Yellow Waters, Kakadu

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Little Pied Cormorant, Yellow Waters:

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White-breasted Sea Eagle, Yellow Waters:

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Great Egret, Yellow Waters:

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Azure Kingfisher, Yellow Waters:

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And a few more:

 

Magpie geese, Yellow Waters:

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Royal Spoonbill, Yellow Waters:

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Intermediate (I think) Egret, Yellow Waters:

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Juvenile Rufous Night Heron, Yellow Waters:

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Jabiru, Corroboree Billabong:

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Forest Kingfisher, Kakadu:

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Variegated Fairywren, Alice Springs:

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Galah, Alice Springs:

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Budgerigar, West MacDonnells:

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