March 4, 2015
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)
Laughing kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
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!
Just ignore the messy cables ;)
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.
Here are some of the results
The stunning King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis)
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Melithreptus brevirostris)
Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii)
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)
October 4, 2014
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)
August 9, 2014
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 :)
Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) Spornammer, Varanger, Norway
Reed Bunting (Emberiza schoeniclus) Rohrammer, Berlin, Germany
Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus) Beutelmeise, Berlin, Germany
Seaside Sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus) Strandammer, Gulf Coast, Texas, USA
Corn Bunting (Emberiza Calandra) Grauammer
June 28, 2014
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.
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.
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 :)
And because I love them so much another Gang Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum) at the end…
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
House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) Texas, USA
European Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris) Berlin, germany
Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) Berlin, Germany
May 3, 2014
My favourite birds are back in their berry bushes :)
Here’s a quick edit from this afternoon. The weather was terrible and the rain was pouring down, but I got lucky and the sun popped out for a few seconds just when the striking male sat in an open spot.
This was taken with my 5D Mark III, which I usually only use for my other work, but I have been using it more and more for my bird stuff as well and must say that it works really well. It even survived getting completely wet for several hours. I am impressed :)
Gang Gang Cockatoo (Callocephalon fimbriatum)
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!
Diamond Firetail (Stagonopleura guttata)
Eastern Rosella (Platycercus eximius)
Crested Shriketit (Falcunculus frontatus)
Fuscous Honeyeater (Lichenostomus fuscus)
Scarlet Robin (Petroica boodang)
Yellow-tufted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops)