The Moon

February 24, 2013

saved my day yesterday. It was one of those days where I wanted to try something different and went to the cliffs on the Mornington Peninsula. After finding a good spot, my girlfriend and I waited for the perfect sunset, which unfortunately never happened….instead the sky went from light pink to grey and so I thought I would come home with no good images. However, when i turned around to walk back to the car I noticed that the moon had risen in my back and that it was shining on a little lagoon. I set up my camera in a new stop and managed a few good images, before it got too dark.

Here’s one of them…


And since I am a real bird person and don’t like to not take picture of birds , I went out this morning again. I ended up finding a few Royal Spoonbills (Platalea regia) feeding in sweet morning light.JCW_20130224_2645doJCW_20130224_2648do


New images

February 15, 2013

I’ve just added a bunch of new images to my website. The last few times I’ve been out weren’t very successful, but I still managed to get a few good images.

I recently bought a 5.6/400 L. I want to use it as a smaller lens I can walk around with and also for flight shots. The lens and I are not real friends yet and it remains to be seen how our relationship develops. Thus far it seems a bit less reliable than my big gun…

The Eastern Spinebill on the flower has been taken with it.

The update gallery can be seen here:

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Welcome Swallow + Making Of

February 8, 2013

After not seeing many shorebirds at one of my favourite spots last night, I had to look for a different subject and found many swallows perched on the fences along the road. I always wanted to have nice swallow images and decided to give it a go. At first I tried to photograph the swallows approaching the fence, but it was really hard, because they were really fast and I with the 600 were the opposite. Then I noticed that about 50 swallows had perched on my car, which was parked behind me. The antenna on top seemed to be their favourite place, so I instantly thought, “Why not attach perches to the car and see if the swallows use them!?”

After looking around I found a nice thistle, took two cable ties and attached it to a tomato stick. Then I stuck the stick in the door and set up my camera. Within seconds something unexpected happened. Instead of landing the swallows started picking white hairs out of the thistle. They only touched down on the perch for a second or flew aerial attacks 😉

Happy that my idea worked better than I expected I had a blast shooting the swallows.

Here’s one of the images


And the Making Of….