Wednesday, 31 March 2010

More Birds

Here are a few more birds photographed over the last couple of days. All except the Currawong were in the backyard. The Currawong was taken near Lake Lilla in the Cradle Mountain National Park. I'll share some landscape photos from there over the next few days.

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Male Scarlet Robin - Petroica multicolor

Silvereye - Zosterops lateralis

Silvereye - Zosterops lateralis

Black Currawong - Strepera fuliginosa
Cradle Mountain National Park

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Shoot for the Moon

I thought I'd try a moon shot with the new camera. I guess the moon belongs to Tasmanians as much as it does to any other people so one could argue that I'm technically still on topic :-) It's certainly the best moon shot I've managed to date.

Autofocus does not work too well on the moon and manual focus can be a bit tricky. The Canon 7D SLR allows you to use the LCD monitor to compose a photo like you can with compact cameras. It also allows you to zoom in on part of that composition which makes it much easier to focus manually.

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Earth's Moon
(Canon 7D, Canon 400mm f/5.6 L lens + 1.4x converter
ISO 200, White Balance 4000 Kelvin, f8, 1/250th, manual focus

Monday, 29 March 2010

Grumpy and Chirpy

A couple of visitors to the backyard today. A reasonably chirpy looking male Superb Fairy-wren in full breeding splendor. I counted 7 in the flock today whereas I normally only see 5 or less. Only one male is still in breeding plumage while another has recently changed back to winter plumage.

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Male Superb Fairy-wren singing - Malurus cyaneus

.....and a rather grumpy looking grasshopper.
Grasshopper ....looking rather glum
despite the recent rain and resulting fresh green grass shoots.

Lateral view of the grasshopper

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Fairy-wren and Robin

After posting yesterday I took a few more shots out in the backyard. I was actually trying to photograph the silvereyes but they refused to cooperate. At least the Fairy-wrens are always obliging and a Scarlet Robin made a brief show as well.

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Male Superb Fairy-wren singing - Malurus cyaneus

Male Superb Fairy-wren - Malurus cyaneus

Female Scarlet Robin - Petroica multicolor

Friday, 26 March 2010

A Few Birds

This morning was not a good time for photography. We had showers and overcast skies. However, having an SLR in my hands again (Canon 7D) I could not resist taking a short walk and trying it out. I didn't do too well but I did take a few shots as seen below. These were taken with the ISO set at 1250 (plus noise removal) which is quite amazing. The old 300D could never have handled that.

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Australasian Grebe chick - Tachybaptus novaehollandiae

Chestnut Teal - Anas castanea

Chestnut Teal - Anas castanea

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

On the Fly

.....Formosia speciosa

I'm posting this "on the fly". The photos below show a Tachinid fly found in my backyard a couple of months ago. As far as I can tell it is Formosia speciosa and, for a fly, it's actually rather good looking. It's a member of the tribe Rutiliini and, as such, is probably a parasitoid of scarab grubs.

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Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Going Batty

I'm going batty not having my SLR, but at least I managed a couple of shots with my old Canon G3 of this little fellow.

It's the first bat I've seen since coming back to Tasmania. At this stage I have no idea of what species it is but I'll make a guess that it is of the genus Vespadelus. If anyone can enlighten me, please do.

Most references say that the eight species of Tasmanian bats roost in trees and not in caves and buildings. This one however, has been roosting for at least 4 days in the Burnie CBD. Almost everyone is oblivious to it's presence. It has set up camp in a part of a building that might be termed a man made cave. It's quite amazing how it can cling onto the pebblecrete. In the photos below it is clinging on to the corner of wall and ceiling but last night it was on the open wall. I imagine the CBD would be a good location for catching moths etc around street lights. When I lived in Scotland the Pipistrells would regularly hunt that way.

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