Saturday, 31 December 2016

A Baza in the Sun

Pacific Baza

Michael Hare's place, Queensland, Australia

December 30, 2016

On Friday morning I met Don and Heath for the first time when they kindly picked me up and took me to meet Mick at Michael Hare's place. It was a warm and sunny morning. Actually I was shocked by how hot it was by 7am.

As usual Michael's place was alive with small birds high up in the shadows of the leaves. For me, the best encounter was with the pictured Pacific Baza. It was a bit ratty looking but still an especially beautiful hawk. Very different to what I'd see in the Niigata winter at this time of the year.

I enjoyed talking about birding lenses with Don and Heath. They are Canon men seeking advice on upgrading from 300mm to something with more reach. We talked about whether the Tamron 600mm zooms are worth a go. I was almost going to get one when I went for my new Nikkor 200-500 and was aware that Tamron released and updated version I think they called a "G2" in October. If you have any advice on any of the new super-zooms with Canon mount, please let us know your experience and leave a comment below.

I am getting use to my new zoom despite it's extra weight and 'front-heavinessness'. I used my D7100 and it did well to catch focus on the baza even with backlighting.

Thank you to Michael Hare, Don, Heath and Mick to a super-fine bird outing to finish the year.

In the sun

Monday, 26 December 2016

Wyreema and Cambooya

Hodgson Creek, Cambooya, Queensland, Australia

December 23, 2016

 I was delighted to meet photographer Charles Dove on an outing with Michael Atzeni on Friday morning. Mick took the two of us to the Wyreema Wetlands and to Hodgson's Creek at Cambooya for a couple of hours. The light was a bit dull and waterbirds were less abundant than usual at the wetlands but we still enjoyed a collection of beautiful Australian birds. If you look through these pics, don't you think Australia is truly gifted with its parrots? So vivid even in dull conditions.

It was a wonderful little outing outing and I'm very grateful to Mick and Charles for taking me.

I hope you are having a great holiday season.

Wyreema Wetlands, Wyreema, Queensland, Australia

December 23, 2016

Australian Wood Duck with some Grey Teal

Australian Wood Duck

Wyreema Wetlands


Wyreema Wetlands

Little Black Flying Fox


Australian Hobby


Australian White Ibis


Indian Myna


Pacific Black Duck

Pale-headed Rosella

Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon

Rainbow Lorikeet


Rock Doves 


I assume this is a strange juvenile Pale-headed Rosella
Or it is an Eastern Rosella or Crimson Rosella!!

Maybe, Paradise Parrot?


Australian Wood Duck

Zebra Finch 



Zebra Finch


Sunday, 11 December 2016

A Saturday Morning

Spangled Drongo

Michael Hare's place, Queensland, Australia

December 11, 2016

Had a great outing with Mick and Rod to Michael Hare's place again. It was a duller day and cooler than the visit on the previous Friday, but I think that's good for smaller birds. Fewer dragonflies but there were plenty of honeyeaters, treecreepers and friends along the creek. It was dull and challenged my ISO settings and I used a flash in some cases. I used the D7100 body this time compared to my D800 the week before. The subjects are closer but a little more noisy.

I also saw the most drongos I think I have ever seen and at least some were gathering nesting material. There were plenty of small nests about the place. 

I also got some pics of a female Collared Sparrowhawk and a Grey Goshawk but the files are plagued by dust spots on the sensor. Will have to get the vacuum cleaner out.

Sincere thanks to Michael Hare, Mick and Rod for a very fruitful outing again. It's a very special place and it was an excellent day out to enjoy the cooler weather.

White-naped Honeyeater

Black-faced Monarch

Large Orange Assassin Bug
(Gminatus wallengreni)

-Thanks to Rob Hobson

Varied Sittella

Daphoenositta chrysoptera leucocephala

Rufous Whistler

Eastern Sedge Frog

Litoria Fallax

White-throated Treecreeper

Rufous Fantail

Pied Currawong

Scarlet Honeyeater

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Second Day of Summer

Sacred Kingfisher

Michael's place, Queensland, Australia

December 2, 2016

Mick, Rod and I visited Michael Hare's place early on the second day of summer. After that we went for bit of a drive and I managed some new species for this blog. Sadly, I can only input 200 characters and can't include all the subjects in my labels/contents.

It was 39c in some places..

Anyway, we saw and heard some fantastic stuff. Thank you to Michael Hare for welcoming us to wander around and to Mick and Rod for bringing me.

Thank you to Rod for identifying the dragonflies.

Scarlet Percher

Diplacodes haematodes

Scarlet Percher

Diplacodes haematodes

Wandering Ringtail

Austrolestes Ieda

Scarlet Percher

Diplacodes haematodes

Spangled Drongo

Blue Skimmer

Orthetrum caledonicum

Red-browed Finch

Lace Monitor. I just discovered it is now called "Tree Goanna"

Eastern Water Dragon

Eastern Yellow Robin

Orange Threadtail

Nososticta solida

Straw-necked Ibis

Dusky Moorhen

Australian Reed Warbler

Australian Hobby

Australian Hobby

Blue Riverdamsel

Pseudoagrion microcephalum

Wandering Percher

Diplacodes bipunctata

Australian Tiger

Ictinogomphus australis

Pied Butcherbird

Black-fronted Dotterel

Black-fronted Dotterel

Little Friarbird

Restless Flycatcher

Fuscous Honeyeater