We were walking towards the bridge to Balyang when we heard the cockies. “There, in that tree.” [Read more…] about More Birding Shennigans at Balyang
One thing I’ve been doing lately is trying to teach Glenn about certain aspects of bird behaviour. I’m trying to help him develop a better instinct for what the birds are about to do. This way, he will have his camera trained on the right subject when they are about to do something interesting.
I had warned him about several of the waterbirds. “Keep an eye on them. They like to chase each other across the water – you can get some great shots!”
The following are a series of photos he took during July or August. I wasn’t there, but I love the detail in many of the shots.
I’ve been doing the occasional twitch in the my backyard. I used to live in a very industrial area and now live in a leafy suburb near the river. It’s amazing to see the difference in wildlife.
It was the last full week of the holidays. Other then Apollo Bay, I hadn’t really done much with Seth. I eagerly jumped at the opportunity for a family trip to the zoo as I wanted to experiment with animal photography and, you know, do some bird perving. [Read more…] about Family Day At Melbourne Zoo
Today, I was meant to go out for an hour with family. I called 2 hours beforehand to doublecheck the time and… it was cancelled. Everyone had forgotten to tell me. I was angry but then I realized. This frees up an afternoon! Jerringot, here I come!
I haven’t done much birding lately because I find wetlands to be boring when the water dries up and the waders leave. I was primarily going there to see crakes and rails, and had mostly dipped.
Lately, I’ve been realizing the importance of really getting to know a place. To learn how it changes with the seasons and monitor the ebb and flow of various species. Sometimes it will be generic but it will contribute to the birding community. It may be able to help someone, like the many birding bloggers and tweeters have helped me.
As predicted, it was a pretty generic visit
I got to the hide and there was nothing nearby. It was awesome to see that the water levels had risen considerably since last time. There were workers along the road cutting down trees, so I didn’t spend much time in the hide. I saw a fair about of spoonbills at the back so wandered over to the chair to have a look.
It was truly amazing to see so many spoonbills. There weren’t any at Balyang. I stayed here for a while, not daring to get closer in case I scared anything. This means that I didn’t get a clear view of the spot the pink eared duck favours.
(Random: a scaly breasted lorikeet has been sighted at Balyang. Now have to double check all photos!)
I was mostly testing out the sigma lens to see how it works at a distance and in different situations. It didn’t handle this shoot too well, I suspect that’s because I was shooting into the sun and hadn’t adjusted any settings. The kit lens can handle that sort of situation but this can’t.
I walked back, glad that the workers were gone. I saw this awesome web on the way back.
Glenn and I have been practicing photographing spiders webs recently and have gotten some beautiful shots. This one sucks, but it’s always something that fascinates me.
I went to the hide and saw a person there that I had been talking to on the Bird ID’ing facebook page. I’d seen his posts a few times and he told me about two swans that were there.
I didn’t get any photos but YAY! I wonder if these are the two swans that had babies here last year. Wouldn’t that be awesome? If so, what attracts them to this specific place? They tend to love this little area close to the road, at least last years pair did. He also told me that the pink eared duck was there, which I always love hearing about.
It’s always nice meeting other birders and chatting to them. It doesn’t happen much, but I love learning more about birds and seeing the different types of people. Nice seeing someone closer to my age!
Now to go through other birding photos x