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Kangaroo Island – Raptor Domain   Leave a comment

We recently had the opportunity to spend 3 nights staying at Kangaroo Island – off the southern coast of Australia – one of the highlights of the visit was going to the Raptor Domain Bird Show.

They had a variety of Birds of Prey from small Falcons up to the very large Wedge Tail Eagle.

One of my favourites was the White Bellied Sea Eagle – it was taken out of its nest as a baby and raised in a shed – when it was rescued it did not know how to fly properly or eat fish. They have put a lot of work into correcting this – but sadly will never be able to be released into the wild.

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Abbey the Barking Owl was also a favourite

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The Star of the show was the Wedge Tail Eagle

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A more complete collection of the bird photos  can be found on my facebook page here

We had a great time on the island – and I will post more photos in the future .

If you want to see more of the wonderful nature of Kangaroo Island there is nice facebook page here that we found useful when planning our trip there.

Thanks for looking.

Cheers Dave

Sunset – Sunrise New Year 2012 -2013   1 comment

Each year I try and photograph New Years Eve Sunset, and then New Years Day Sunrise.

First we will start with the New Years Eve Sunset – everything worked for this shot, the light, the colour/the camera settings – and instead of processing the ‘Raw’ image as I normally would this is a Jpeg straight from the camera, besides a border and a Water Mark totally untouched.

OK, woke up at 3.30am – was concerned with the low tide, heavy cloud moving in and high winds from previous day if it was worth going or not – thinking going back to bed a good option – looked outside – little tree movement – winds had dropped – see a few stars – ok, so looking promising, although the bed was also looking very tempting still. So where could I go where the low tide would not overly unfluence the type of photos I could take – only option realy was Manly Boat Harbour – as no rocky headlands within driveable distance in the time I had before sunrise at 4.55am.

I get there, ok not too bad, still alot of heavy cloud on horizon, but little wind.

Took a few predawn shots, but nothing exciting and closer to sunrise we see a bit of colour and then it is gone.

The two following images were taken in that brief period of colour.

Ok, this one required quite a bit of work, and was created through a HDR style merging of two images, with a little colour enhancement.

The second one taken a few minutes later looking back to the left of the previous one, the colour is starting to fade, so again a little enhancement in photoshop to get some of the colour back.

Hope you enjoy them, and a Happy New Year to everyone.

Cheers Dave

White Faced Heron – Nudgee Beach   Leave a comment

It has been while since I have blogged for various reasons – and have had some ongoing camera issues – well some of the issues might be me – so went out yesterday morning for a “testing ” session and ended up at Nudgee Beach.

I spotted this Grey Faced Heron in the Mangroves, and he behaved and did not fly away when I interrupted his hunting, insteadt just flew up into a tree for a clean while I loitered around below him.

Looks like I still have some issues with focussing – so more work to be done there.

But happy with these images.

Cheers Dave

 

Pelicans – Inskip Point part 2   2 comments

The second post of the Pelicans from Inskip Point, this time from a flock of 11 as they flew over.

Quite an impressive sight to see.

All taken with 7D and 70-200mm Lens

Cheers Dave

Seagulls – Yes Seagulls – Inskip Point.   Leave a comment

We were up at Inskip Point last weekend, to visit family on Holidays there, as always looking for “Birding” opportunities.

So being at the beach, there was Seagulls in abundance, and while waiting for more interesting victims, they were the obvious targets.

Taken with 7D and 70-200mm Lens

Cheers Dave

Posted August 5, 2012 by davidarnold in Uncategorized

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Pelicans   Leave a comment

Inskip Point had an abundance of Bird Life, so may continue posting them for a few days ( and also because I have had to work and not gone out and taken any more photos since (except a quick sunset last night).

So bird of choice for today, I thought should be the Pelican, it is Saturday here, and they seem a very “saturday” sort of bird.

Is there any photo that says weekend better then a photo of  aYacht, Pelicans, sand and water?

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Okay, there should be more Pelican photos, but not saved on this hard drive, will have to do a second Pelican post then sometine later.

All taken with 7D and 70-200mm Lens

Cheers Dave

 

 

Posted August 4, 2012 by davidarnold in Birds, Wildlife

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Pelicans on the Pond   Leave a comment

I went back on Friday, to where I photographed (last  Saturday) the duck photos I put up yesterday, and was Please to see two Pelicans on the pond.

They were quite mobile paddling from one side to the other and back again.

 

Had to include this shot, the photos of birds I take going away from me, exceeds greatly the number I get good front shots of .

Taken with 7D and 70-200mm lens.

Cheers Dave