New Year, new things

Been awhile since I’ve written a post here but that’s because I’ve been busy elsewhere. I’m slowly building a following at Instagram and also have another website dedicated to garden photography. Growing the stock library there does take some time to do but it’s getting there. And I also have an Instagram account for that one too. 

I entered the Australian Photographer of the Year in 2016 and while I didn’t win a prize, I did receive a ‘commended’ for my portfolio in the nature category, and since there were over 8,000 images and 2,000 portfolios entered, it means I did quite well. I just found out this week and am thrilled with the news – I will be entering again later this year in the hope of improving on that. Below is one of the images from that portfolio of a cheeky kookaburra who stole our big goldfish from our pond last year. We were not impressed but I couldn’t let the photo op go past, now could I? My camera was already in my hand.

Locally, where I live, a new camera club started in the latter half of 2016 and we were meeting monthly in Emerald but this year will be meeting fortnightly. Our first meeting is this Thursday at the U3A building near the oval if you’re interested in photography and would like to join in. You can find out details about the club here.

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Eastern spinebill in salvia

I’ve been away on holidays overseas and it’s taking me awhile to get through all the photos I took. However, I’m back to taking local photos now too.

This is an eastern spinebill in salvia in our garden. I love seeing the birds here all year round, even in winter, enjoying what our garden has to offer them.

Eastern Spinebill in Salvia

Kookaburra in the garden

This gorgeous bird and two companions were keeping watch in our garden this afternoon.  Love the kookaburras, such beautiful looking birds.

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Don’t forget that we have our nature photography workshop near the end of next month! Bookings are still open but places are limited and there’s only a few spots left. http://www.steveparish-natureconnect.com.au/events/

Beautiful Bower Bird

I knew these hung around but I’d never been able to get really close to them. Imagine my surprise when three flew into our front garden recently, when I already had my camera in hand and was looking out the window! This one flew into the liquidamber opposite the window and watched me, the other two flew into other parts of the garden.

I believe this is a juvenile bower bird. Love the blue eyes!

Satin Bower Bird

Satin Bower Bird

If you’d like to take photos like this too, and can be in Victoria 20-21 September, why not join us at the Steve Parish Nature Photography workshop? Bookings are still open but not for too much longer!

And more birds from Lilydale Lake Park

And here are some more, a couple of water birds and a tiny wren.

Superb fairy-wren. Think this was a male.

White-faced Grey Heron. It watched me carefully, trying to weigh up whether to fly off or continue foraging. I moved away and left it in peace after I got a couple of shots.

Female Darter bird.

P.S. Who do you know in Victoria that would like to improve their nature photography skills and learn from a great?  Check out our Steve Parish Nature Photography Workshop here. Limited numbers.