Heaven on Earth

April 19, 2014

or what else can you call a place where you can photograph some of the most sought after species in Australia within a few hours!?

A friend of mine enabled me to develop a private property for photography with him and it’s already running wild with dozens of amazing birds around!

Here are a few shots from two weeks ago. If you are interested in a private workshop at this incredible place, drop me an e-Mail.

All the images below were taken in less than 8 hours!

All new images can be found HERE

Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)

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Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)

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Crested Shriketit (Falcunculus frontatus)

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Fuscous Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fuscus)

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Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)

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White-plumed Hoenyeater (Lichenostomus penicillatus) JCW_20140406_7091

Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)

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New Images

March 25, 2014

Hi guys,

 

I have just uploaded a bunch of new images from the last few weeks and also some older images I reprocessed.

The full gallery can be seen HERE

 

Black-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus affinis)

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Beautiful Firetail (Stagonopleura bella)

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Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii)

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Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

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White-fronted Chat (Epthianura albifrons) with Dragonfly

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Another Cover

March 8, 2014

Even though I am very busy with work, I am happy to announce that one of my images made it onto the cover of the Australian Aviary Magazine :)

As you might remember, it’s the spectacular Scarlet Honeyeater, which I photographed in the forest just east of Melbourne :)

 

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Over 50 new images

February 22, 2014

Hi guys,

I have been busy with work and a bit quiet lately, but I managed to add more than 50 new images to my website. It’s mainly duck and I have finally manage to edit all the duck images in my archive. It’s more than 500 images of more than 60 species/subspecies :)

I hope you enjoy the update

The full update can be found HERE

And all duck images can be found HERE

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Displaying Musk Duck (Biziura lobata)

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The unique Pink-eared Duck (Malacorhynchus membranaceus)

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Male and female of the European subspecies of the Common Goldeneye  (Bucephala clangula)

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Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)

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Female Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) with fish

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Red-breated Merganser  (Mergus serrator) female

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First images of 2014

January 22, 2014

After a great end to 2013, I had an even better start to the new year :)

At first it looked like total failure, when my mate and I went on a trip to phtograph Superb Parrots, but completely missed out on them. However, the luck turned around, when we visited a spot I knew. It was full of birds and I could get some great images.

All the new images can be found HERE

 

Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)

 

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Brown-headed Honeyeater Pair (Melithreptus brevirostris)

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Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops meltoni)

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Best of 2013

January 10, 2014

The title says it all :)

The images are sorted by date. The first one was taken in Early January near Melbourne. Australian Winter is the time to photograph shorebirds.

Click on each species name to see the full gallery

Red-kneed Dotterel (Erythrogonys cinctus)

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February was quite a good month as well with some feeding Royal Spoonbills and other great birds.

Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia). You can see all images from that day HERE

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Another great encounter I had was with a stunning Freckled Duck (Stictonetta naevosa) male. All images can be seen HERE

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Followed by a lovely Eastern Spinebill (Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris)

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And last but not least my amazing encounter with a flock of Welcome Swallows.

You can see the Making of HERE and all images HERE 

Welcome Swallow (Hirundo neoxena)

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March was quite a busy month, too, with a trip to the Northern Territory to photograph Hooded Parrots and then a great trip to Magnetic Island.

You can read about the Northern Territory Trip here Part I and Part II

The full gallery can be seen HERE and HERE

Let’s start with a stunning male Hooded Parrot (Psephotus dissimilis) on a termite mound.

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Crimson Finch  (Neochmia phaeton) 

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Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)

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The stunning Northern Rosella (Platycercus venustus)

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Restless Flycatcher  (Myiagra inquieta nana)

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And now a few images from magnetic Island

Beautiful female Red-tailed Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii macrorhynchus)

You can see a little trip report HERE and the whole gallery HERE

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And the quite odd looking Bush Stone-Curlew (Burhinus grallarius)

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I had to slow down a little bit in April, but managed to photograph a few stunning Crimson Rosellas (Platycercus elegans) among others

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And then came May, a really fantasic month in terms of birds. Also, because I finally managed to photograph my favorite bird, the Gang Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)

Gang Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) 

You can see the full gallery HERE

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Besides that I could also photograph a few beautiful bush birds, such as

You can find the full Gallery HERE

Red-browed Finches (Neochmia temporalis)

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White-naped Honeyeater (Melithreptus lunatus)JCW_20130510_0058clodonr

And the common New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) 
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In June I could photograph the tiny Rufous Fieldwren (Calamanthus campestris)  among others. You can find the rest HERE

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July was the month of the Blue-winged Parrot (Neophema chrysostoma)

Find the full Gallery HERE

JCW_20130709_0769IIIclodoNR_layer_SRGBIV JCW_20130712_1371clodoIV JCW_20130712_1411clodoDue to my new job I had to take a while from bird photography and had a little break until October. Then I met up with my mate Dean and we could photograph the tiny White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea)

White-throated Gerygone (Gerygone olivacea)

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After that I had a little break again, but finished off the year really strong with a few new and fantastic birds such as

Scarlet Honeyeater / Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta)

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Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris) 

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All in all quite a good year with a few stunning new additions to my archive :)

Great end to the year

January 1, 2014

After I had to take a break from bird photography from July to December, I rallied in December to bring the year to a successful end. After getting two new species in early December, I finished it off with the Scarlet Honeyeater (Myzomela sanguinolenta) I posted yesterday and also got a few new King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) and Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) images.

You can find more new images HERE

Here’s a few images

Rufous Whistler (Pachycephala rufiventris)

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Yellow-faced Honeyeater (Lichenostomus chrysops)

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And a stunning  Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

This King Parrot image is the first bird image I took with my 5D Mark III. I have to say it performed quite well in the dark rain forest conditions :)

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At the end a Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans)

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almost got away in 2013 as well…but on December 22nd I finally got it!

Some of you might remember my Fails of 2012 post from last December, where I posted an image of the stunning Scarlet Honeyeater/ Scarlet Myzomela (Myzomela sanguinolenta) that perched on my perch, but never gave me a good head turn, so I ended up with nothing.

Here’s the image from October 2012 – It’s just a re-sized version of my unprocessed RAW file.

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A few weeks a go I went out with a friend and we heard a couple of Scarlet Honeyeaters (Myzomela sanguinolenta) above our heads. We always managed afew shots, but like a few times before the birds never quite landed in the right spot and we missed out on them. Scarlet Myzomelas (Myzomela sanguinolenta) only stay in Victoria for a few weeks, so time is precious and I really wanted an image of this stunning bird. However, it proved to be almost impossible. I tried several more times, but didn’t get one. On December 22nd, I decided to give it one last go and was finally rewarded with a striking male!!

What a great end to 2013!

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More images HERE

Today’s image shows the feeder and my set up in my backyard in Berlin, Germany. I set it up in a way that enabled my to shoot from the elevated deck. Because the deck is higher than the perches, the background was the nice green grass. Had I set up lower, my background would’ve been the dark and ugly bushes.

You can see my blind and the perches, which I placed around the bowl. Over the course of the year, I had about 20 species visiting.

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Here are a few images taken there

Hawfinch (Coccothraustes coccothraustes)

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600 L IS

ISO 400

F5.6

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580 EX II + Better Beamer

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European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) with begging chick

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600 L IS

ISO 800

F 5.6

1/400

580 EX II + Better Beamer

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At the end a video from one of the starling shoots :)

Puffins are certainly among most people’s favoite birds and I can see why. When you see them in real life they are suprisingly small and just look cool with their colourful beaks and face masks.

Here an image of me photographing puffins in Norway.

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And the result. Since it was often hard to just get a single bird in the frame with a nice background. I decided to go for a few portraits.

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600 L IS

2x TC

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ISO 400

1/800

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