Bush Birds

June 29, 2012

I will be travelling for the next few weeks, mostly without my camera, but here’s a few more images, before I leave. I hope when I come back my new website will be almost done and I will be able to take many more new images.

All the birds below were pohotographed around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Eastern Yellow Robin (Eopsaltria australis) Goldbauchschnäpper

Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) Rotstirn-Dornschnabel  

Brownheaded Honeyeater  (Melithreptus brevirostris) Braunkopf-Honigschmecker

Striated Thornbill(Acanthiza lineata) Stricheldornschnabel


or better to say, just north of Cairns. I am really busy at the moment, but I hope to find time to post more regularly very soon.

Black-necked Stork, Female has a yellow eye (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus)

Olive-backed Sunbird – Male singing and female (Cinnyris jugularis)

Pale-yellow Robin (Tregellasia capito)

Masked Lapwing (Northern Race)(Vanellus miles)


A Magical Afternoon

June 1, 2012

On our way back from Cape York to Cairns we decided to stop at a place in the rainforest where we had decided to stay also on our way up to the Cape. However, the pictures we got the first time were not very fulfilling and we were not expecting much else for the second time there, but the place was on the way, so we gave it another go. When we arrived there we had 2 hours of daylight left and tried our best, but didn’t get anything good. Right before darkness, though, my friend stumbled upon a little water spot. It seemed like many birds would come to that spot regularily. I instantly saw the potential and decided to set up a few perches in good spots in the hope of getting a few species coming to the water the next day. The morning started very slow, but I was not ready to give up on the spot just yet, so we decided to have lunch. After we came back there was a miraculous turnaround and the birds started to come in. In just a few hours we were able to get 10 different species. The rainforest conditions were quite challenging and without flashes, we would have been lost, but we managed to get some fantastic images. Getting 10 hard to photograph species in just one go, is clearly in my top ten list of favorite bird photography moments.

Macleay’s Honeyeater (Xanthotis macleayanus) Kappenhonigfresser

The three following species look very much a like and are very hard to distinguish in the field.

Graceful Honeyeater (Meliphaga gracilis) Feenhonigfresser

Lewin’s Honeyeater (Meliphaga lewinii) Goldohr-Honigfresser

Yellow-spotted Honeyeater (Meliphaga notata) Torreshonigfresser

White-throated Honeyeater (Melithreptus albogularis) Weißkinn-Honigschmecker

Grey Fantail(Rhipidura albiscapa alisteri) Graufächerschwanz

Red-browed Finch (Neochmia temporalis minor)  Dornastrild

Spectacled Monarch (Monarcha trivirgatus) Brillenmonarch

At the end another picture showing why you NEED flash