Friday, 29 August 2014



Kingsthorpe, Queensland, Australia

Very excited to find these stars of the Outback on the lawn of a new housing area right in Kingsthorpe.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Spirits of the Bunyas

King Parrot


Bunya Mountains National Park, Queensland, Australia

April 2, 2013

These birds come out of the rainforest for a bit of free seed at the Bunya Mountains National Park.

Crimson Rosella

Sunday, 10 August 2014

The Jewel

Australian Hobby

Westgate Park, Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

March 1994

This is another old photograph taken at Westgate Park, Port Melbourne in 1994. It was taken with my Pentax K1000 and a Takumar 400mm 5.6 lens with an added Kenko 2x teleconverter and print film.

I bought the Takumar lens at a camera store in Melbourne for $129. It rattled a lot and the front element was loose. Of course it was all manual and the aperture ring didn't work. The photo was taken hand-held and I had to stomp on the ground to get the hobby to look at me.

I visited the park almost everyday and I think the hobby was used to me pointing my camera at it. I saw the same birds there most days.

In his book, "Eagles, Hawks and Falcons of Australia", David Hollands says "If there is a jewel among the Australian hawks it is the hobby". 

There are some remarkable raptors in Australia but I wouldn't argue with Dr Hollands. I love hobbies.

Sunday, 3 August 2014


Plumed Whistling-Ducks

Cape York, Queensland, Australia

October 13, 2012

I really like this first image. I got too close when trying to sneak up on these beautiful Plumed Whistling-Ducks. Sorry to disturb them. The original is full-framed 7360 x 4912.