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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Aussie Birds Video Clip

Thought I’d share with you a clip that shows at my favourite bird forum. It shows some Australian birds, some well known, some not so. I know most of them and they show in this order:

Tawny Frogmouth chick, White Cockatoo, Willie Wagtail, Rainbow Lorikeet, Australian Laughing Kookaburra, Duck, Bush Turkey, unknown small bird, Black Raven, Red Browed Firetail.

Kookaburra on our fence

I mentioned yesterday about the kookaburra in our neighbour’s yard. This one was in our front garden, on our fence.  They love to watch for worms on the ground. I wonder how they can actually see them. It’s really amazing. When the weather gets warmer they’ll also be on the look out for skinks and other lizards, even snakes.

Australian Laughing Kookaburra

Australian Laughing Kookaburra

Australian Laughing Kookaburra

We have three kookaburras living on our property and many others that visit us or our neighbour’s property. I love that I can get quite close to them, talk to them and watch them. They are lovely birds.

This one was in my neighbour’s yard a few days ago and watched me as I moved around taking shots of it.  It was late afternoon and I love how the sun caught a glint in its eye.

Australian Laughing Kookaburra

Australian Laughing Kookaburra

Australian Laughing Kookaburra

Kookaburra in Spring

Spring has begun here in Melbourne, Victoria. More flowers are opening and the birds seem more active and happy, certainly more in number.  In the past week I’ve had the opportunity of taking photos of several different birds in our garden. And with the sun more visible the colours are more vibrant and pleasing to the eye.

This kookaburra was in our crepe myrtle and seemed unaffected by my fairly close proximity as I took photos of it. However, the sun was going down and I was limited in the images I could get without full sun on it.  I didn’t want to startle the bird by trying to walk around it so stuck to just the one side with the sun shining on its back.

Australian Laughing Kookaburra