Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 30, 2009

Minmi Bird Photography 091230

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Blue Gum Hills Birding

This morning I got up really early, before 6am! I still did not know where I was going to when I jumped in the car, but I drove down the hill and turned towards Minmi. When I got there, a few Eastern Rosellas flew past. I would see a fair few of them of them during the morning. I seemed to disturb a couple of them everywhere I went. There were a pair of Noisy Friarbirds scrabbling around in the Tobacco bush. It was so dark this morning. I had the ISO on 1600, my aperture was at maximum f/5.6 and I had to shoot at a shutter speed of 1/400 to get a decent exposure. Talk about pushing all the limits!

A pair of Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike flew past and I took a few photos of them. This photo is a bit soft but I just liked it for some reason. What do you think? I even bumped up the Noise Reduction to make it even less sharp. I guess it is good to do something different. I am always trying to get photos to look sharper. Why do photos always need to be so sharp? I have no idea, I am just following the rest of the sheep. baaa baaa.

Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina novaehollandiae)

I spotted some Yellow Thornbills and Grey Fantails flittering around the trees near the creek and then snapped a few shots of this Silvereye. They always seem to take a good photo. Maybe it is the white ring around the eye gives them good contrast.

Silvereye
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Right after that, I spotted some moving leaves on a tree, but I could not see what was in there. A little bit later a pair of female Satin Bowerbirds came out into the open on another tree and this one was photographed taking a dive.

Satin Bowerbird
Satin Bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus)

After that, I took a walk along the track that went up the hill to the east. I saw a Bar-shouldered Dove, Eastern Whipbird, Eastern Yellow Robin, Superb Fairy-wren and Red-browed Finches. A pair of Channel-billed Cuckoos flew past making their hideous screeching.

Minmi bird list 30/12/09

Eastern Rosella
Noisy Friarbird
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
Yellow Thornbill
Grey Fantail
Silvereye
Yellow-faced Honeyeater
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Satin Bowerbird
Bar-shouldered Dove
Laughing Kookaburra
Eastern Whipbird
Mistletoebird
Bell Miner
Eastern Yellow Robin
Superb Fairy-wren
Channel-billed Cuckoo
Red-browed Finch

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