Dinner Time

It was late in the afternoon when I heard a Kookaburra ruckus. The usual cackling but also the sound of a young Kookaburra trying to make the adult sounds. It became a raspy sound of a young bird making demands of its parents. Here is a short photo story of the Kookaburras at dinner time.

“Hey Mum, What’s Dad doing down there?”

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Just then Dad flew up into the tree with a stick. No its not, it is a Stick Insect.

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A bit of adjusting to make sure  the Stick Insect didn’t fall again as it did once before.

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“Here you go young one……catch”

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“Thanks Dad. This looks like a good dinner.”

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“I’m not sure if I should let go. What should I do?”

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“OK. Here goes. Down the hatch!”

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Dad basks in the glow of the afternoon sun, another lesson and dinner over for the evening.

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PS I did feel sorry for the Stick Insect as there aren’t as many around as there were years ago. This series of photos were taken from my veranda. Do you see birds feeding around your place?

Silhouettes

A few years ago I looked at some of my photos and thought they would be good as silhouettes. I remade some of the best ones that I thought would be good to frame and sell at hand-made markets or other markets that abound here on the north coast of NSW. I only managed to get a stall at a couple of markets, no where near as many as I would have liked to attend, over the past year or two.

There has been some good sales and some where not one photo sold. Perhaps this year I may get to more markets as a stallholder and see if anyone enjoys my photos.

I don’t just convert from colour to black and white, in some cases I have taken the photo in monochrome, I actually trace around the photo to get a bit of a better definition. This takes time and sometimes I think I have spent more time than necessary but I enjoy doing the work.

This first silhouette is the photo that I took that started the process. I came home late in the afternoon and as I drove down the driveway, I disturbed the White-faced Heron on the dam who flew onto a branch near the house. I was just getting excited in capturing birds with my new digital camera, this was an ideal opportunity. The original photo late in the afternoon was almost in black and white with the sky blue and the Heron without any detail, just a dark image. The bark of the Yellow Stringybark was a challenge!!!

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I have always like to outline of birds against the sky. An Osprey wheeling above the water looking for a fish provided a nice silhouette.

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The Cormorant sitting on a branch on the edge of the dam also looking for a fish or yabbie obliged by sitting still for quite some time.

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The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos with their almost slow-motion flying as they flew overhead to their roost for the night were a delight to watch and photograph. The wing tips were hard to get right.

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The New Holland Honeyeater sitting atop of a Banksia isn’t really a silhouette but the conversion into black and white was so striking that I decided to leave it as a monochrome. I included this one in my silhouette series as it is a popular photo at the markets.

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Some birds are so distinctive in their shape, they are just right for silhouettes. Even a brightly coloured Rainbow Bee Eater is recognisable in black and white.

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As is a Spangled Drongo.

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The Golden Whistler photo has taken me the most time to convert into a silhouette. I didn’t realise that when there are branches in the background that they are ever so slightly out of focus and need a lot of attention. I even left a small patch of the bright yellow colour on the neck as neither black or white to add a bit of definition of this wonderful small bird.

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I have posted lots of brightly coloured birds on my blogs over the years. I hope you have enjoyed something different.

Art and birds – a day at the GOMA

When was the last time you encounted an endangered bird in an art gallery or any live bird for that matter. A recent visit to the Queensland GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) in the Cultural Precinct at Brisbane’s South Bank, we waited in line to go through the hanging lengths of steel making a curtain. Behind the steel curtain were coat hangers, finches and music playing.

From Here to Ear is a musical installation by French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot with live finches. There was a variety of finches, Zebra, black-throated and crimson finches and, the first time I have seen these finches, the endangered Gouldian Finch.

The finches flew about the room and settled on an array of coat hangers and harpsichord strings that tinkled combining the sounds of the finches and the music was activated like the finches own musical instrument.

It was certainly a treat to see the finches, to hear the music and be embraced in the art.

Sitting among the coat hangers.

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The Zebra Finches were playing with a strand of grass plucked from the floor.

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The most colourful Gouldian Finch.The Gouldian Finch a native of northern Australia used to be counted in the millions. Now there is around 2,500. See more about Gouldian Finches here

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The finches didn’t sit still for very long so getting a good photo in the limited time we had inside the room was difficult.

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If you get a chance, go to the GOMA as the art on display is incredible. Have a look at what’s on at the GOMA I am sure there would be something that would interest you.

The Fast Joey Hops Around

One morning, a Red-necked Wallaby  Joey and his Mum were enjoying the garden. When all of a sudden the Joey decided it was time to climb out of Mum’s pouch and test out his hopping skills to see how fast he could get around the garden.

“Hey Mum, I think I might go for a very fast hop over there.”

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“I better check out what’s around just in case.”

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“Maybe I’ll hop over that way”

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“No…..I’m going to hop really fast this way”
“Mum…..Mum….watch me go Mum”

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“Watch out for your tail Mum ‘cos here I come.”

 

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And like a rocket, the Joey came hurtling back to Mum.

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“Hey Mum, that was fun!”
“Yes dear, you really can hop fast.”

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Goodbye 2016….

The last photos of December 2016 are nearly all birds. The weather was still hot and the bird baths proved to be a winner with all the birds who are staying around here. The cool of the forest also helps. The birds come into the garden from the forest in the cool of the morning and in the cool of the evening.

Sometimes you just have to fully immerse to get the benefits of cool water. I think this was a female Scarlet Honeyeater diving in deep into the very popular hanging pot.

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This bloke was thinking about the bird bath and whether it was worth going in.

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The Brown Honeyeater contemplates his dive into the bird bath.

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And in he goes. What a splash for a small bird.

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Not to be outdone, the tiny Striated Thornbill took the plunge and created a big splash.

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The group shot of the Striated Thornbills after their bath. One of my cutest photos ever don’t you think?

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On a hot day everyone arrives to get a drink. It’s heads down, bums up for the Rainbow Lorikeets.

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The Rainbow Lorikeets are a noisy lot, always having something to say, even if a mate lands on your branch.

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The Grey-crowned Babbler seems to defy gravity as it hopped up the Tallowwood.

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Once the Grey-crowned Babblers found a good spot to get a feed, the project started. There is always someone ready to give a hand.

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They almost have a large piece of bark ripped from the tree.

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Every morning I am woken to the beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler. As I walked around the garden watering those plants who were in need the most, the Whistler seemed to follow me.

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I bought a Hydrangea last year and have kept it in a pot on the verandah. In December I was rewarded with a beautiful pink flower. You can just see the flower of a White Hydrangea which I bought this year with flowers already on the small bush.

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That is the last of 2016. Now to start to sort the first photos of 2017. Happy New Year everyone.