Big Update

June 7, 2015

Hey,

as you can see with my main work quieting down for now, I find more time to edit old photos and even get out and take a few new ones. I hope I’ll manage to keep the blog more updated from now on.

You can find all recent updates HERE

Here are a few images from the last few months.

At first a male Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius) – a stunning bird that is notoriously hard to photograph on anything else then cut grass, so I was stoked to get this image after years of trying :)

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Secondly the equally stunning, but much smaller Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)

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Thridly, a Black-chinned Honeyeater  (Melithreptus gularis) – How cool is that Eyebrow!?

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Up next a crowd favourite – Superb Fair Wrens (Malurus cyaneus)

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Followed by a beautiful female Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)

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And at last a shot from last weekend – Jacky Winter  (Microeca fascinans)

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Pardalote

May 26, 2015

Hey,

I have been so busy shooting houses that I had literally no time for bird pictures.

On Sunday I finally managed to get out for a few hours with a mate.

We didn’t get much, but this Spotted Pardalote was happy to pose for us for a little while :)

Spotted Pardalote (Pardalotus punctatus)

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With winter approaching, I hope I’ll have more time for bird images soon.

When people think of typical bird sounds from the bush they most likely think of Laughing Kookaburras, but there’s another bird with a very distinctive call. However, not many people are too familiar with them. Most people living in Australia will have heard their calls, but most likely haven’t seen one of the birds. I am talking about the Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys). These birds are food specialists and live in large groups in very concentrated areas. There might be dozens of kilometers without any Bell Miner and then suddenly you stumble upon 50 of them within a 500m radius.  You can find a sample of their call HERE. They basically call non stop all day.

I never had any luck photographing this species, until recently when I discovered a good spot not far from my house. There call and their quite different look certainly make them a very unique bird.

Bell Miner (Manorina melanophrys)

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Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

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Eye-Opener

December 11, 2014

For years I have heard people saying how much better it is to use a graphic tablet for retouching instead of a mouse. All that time I have always thought: “Hey, I’m pretty god with the mouse, why bother spending the extra money?!”.

Last month I won “photographer of the month” at my work and was rewarded with a voucher for an electronic store. My girlfriend suggested I might get a tablet to give it a try. Walking through the store, I wandered past the section with graphic tablets and thought “now or never” and grabbed a Wacom Intuos Pro – Medium – tablet.

From the moment I plugged it into my computer I was in love with it. While the handling takes a little time to get used to, I could instantly see the benefits for my retouching. I never had that much control and could tweak the smallest things with ease. By far the biggest improvement is visible when using masks or cloning. While a mouse has only one pressure setting, the pen allows you to vary the pressure and adjust the brush size on the go, without having to change it all the time. It makes retouching so much easier!

I just thought I share my “findings” and might encourage a few people to give it a go. I can’t believe I have lived without a graphic tablet for that long!

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Just ignore the messy cables ;)

Rainforest

December 10, 2014

December is a bit of a quiet month for me at work, which allows me to go out to photograph birds a bit more often.

The last few times I focused on the temperate rain forests around Melbourne. It’s a fantastic place and offer plenty of photo opportunities. The only downside are the billions of leeches, which constantly creep up your clothes and when they bite it feels a bit like a cut with lemon juice dribbling into it…Trust me, not a very pleasant experience. nevertheless I had a good time.

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Here are some of the results

The stunning King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)

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Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)

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Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii)

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Strange world

November 11, 2014

Since moving to Australia I have had a good run with species I never had any luck photographing in Germany. There’s quite a few introduced species living down here.

Today I managed a few shots of the stunning European Goldfinch, which are building a nest outside my house.

European Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)

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A while a go I also got this European tree Sparrow in my yard (Passer montanus)JCW_20140505_7488Aflkat

Signs of Life

October 4, 2014

Hi guys,

I didn’t have time for bird photography since June and won’t have much time in the foreseeable either. Which is unfortunate on one side, but also means that I am quite successful with my other photography endeavors, so I can’t really complain :)

Two days ago I got  out for a few hours and managed to get a little Thornbill.

Striated Thornbill (Acanthiza lineata)

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A few old favourites

August 9, 2014

Hi guys,

 

I haven’t been out taking bird pictures since my last blog post, but at least I managed to re-edit a few of my older files from Norway, Berlin and Texas, for my website :)

The full gallery can be seen HERE

Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) Spornammer, Varanger, Norway

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Reed Bunting  (Emberiza schoeniclus) Rohrammer, Berlin, Germany

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Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) Beutelmeise, Berlin, Germany

 

 

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Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) Strandammer, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA

 

 

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Corn Bunting (Emberiza Calandra) Grauammer

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A few new images

June 28, 2014

Hi guys,

 

my life’s been still crazy busy, so I didn’t have much time for bird photography. I manage one long weekend away with y girlfriend and got two new species on one day, which was pretty cool. Besides that I have spent a few hours trying to photography a few common species in my backyard.

I always enjoy the challenge of trying to create a unique image of a common species.

Here are some of the images. I will upload all image to my website soon.

 

Little Wattlebird (Anthochaera chrysoptera) on one of his favourite plants, a flowering banksia. Both image were taken within minutes of each other. You can see how a slight change in the light changes the scene dramatically. The first image had a bit of sunshine on the background, whereas the second image of pretty evenly lit.

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Another bird I got on my short holiday was this weird looking White-winged Chough (Corcorax melanorhamphos). Seeing a flock of these birds is always a bit of a surreal experience, as they always making quite weird noises.

 

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The following two images were taken in my backyard. It’s quite ironic that I had to come al the way to Australia to finally get a good Tree Sparrow ((Passer montanus) image :)

 

Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) on a fall coloured branch
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Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)
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And because I love them so much another Gang Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) at the end…

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Little Update

June 6, 2014

It’s winter time in Melbourne and thus my job gets a bit more quiet and I finally find some more time to edit a few images from my archive.

Eventually I want to catch up with all files, so that the taxonomic list on my website will be complete. There are already almost 2500 images online, so it’s worth it to have a little look HERE

The update with 35 new images can be found HERE

 

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) Texas, USA

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European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) Berlin, germany

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Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) Berlin, Germany

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