Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 119 - Australian Magpie

I have posted images of this rather splendid bird before - but not images like this.

This bird is one of a pair that has raised three young in the oak tree in the garden behind our house.  The young are now fledged and spend most of the day noisily demanding food from the hard pressed parents.

My daughter, P, has taken a bit of a liking to this family and feeds them any meaty scraps we may have.  It took the birds about a day to work out they were on to a good thing!

These pictures were taken by putting a camera on a bean bag, pre-focusing the lens and then using a remote release.  Having said that, I still only a couple of meters from the birds at the time each photograph was taken.  Live view on the LCD and a 'quiet' shutter release setting also help things along.

These bird make a wonderful fluting call - my next project will be to video this.

For the taxonomically minded, this bird is known as Cracticus tibbicen (although this is a recent change of genus from Gymnorhina) which refers pipers or flute players.

There are times when I think the Magpie may have been the model for a number of 'angry birds'!

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Things They Left Behind 2: Camberwell Bank Facade

There must be a story here - this building has looked like this for at least 15 years.

Well, what do you think?

More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Sunday, 19 October 2014


Just a quick post today.

When we were in the Grampians in was peak sundew season.  I've always had an interest in these carnivorous plants - plants that eat animals, what's not to like!

I notice the way the sun was catching this plant and got low down to shoot it.

You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Red-necked Wallaby

To continue from last weeks Eastern Grey Kangaroos, this time we have some Red-necked Wallabies.  There is actually not that much difference between a wallaby and a kangaroo and scientifically they a very closely related.

Compared to the Eastern Grey Kangaroo the Red-necked Wallaby is a somewhat smaller animal, as wallabies tend to be, which feeds on the leaves of shrubs and bushes rather than grass like a kangaroo.

As you can see, one of these animals had found the the bushes were greener on the other side of the fence!  Also, if you look at the last image you can see a joey looking out of the pouch.

Real life in general and birthdays in particular (not mine!) are the priority tonight - so, all replies to comments will be late!   SM

PS:  I'm going to sneak this post in to "Good Fences" - well, there is a fence!