Looking closely

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge July: Close up or Macro

Looking at me as I look at them

Pick a Word in September

Paula’s Pick a Word in September

This month Paula has supplied some words that are a lot easier than the previous Pick a Word photo challenges. No you aren’t losing your edge.

Combusting

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Hot Dog

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Fluttering

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Scrumptious

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Avian

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It’s the rain

The Weekly Word Prompt from Gerry: Rainy Days

The dripping water down the window as rain falls
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Settling as jewels on spiders webs
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Without rain we wouldn’t have rainbows
No not you lot. This is about rainbows after rain. Not about Rainbow Bee-eaters!! Be off with you rainbow-bee-eaters01_named_home_aug-2016
I said rainbow not Rainbow Lorikeetsrainbow lorikeet_named_home_july 2015
At last. As I was saying, without a rainy day we wouldn’t have rainbowsrainbow_office window_named_grafton_april 2015

 

It’s Black and White

The May Photo a Day Challenge from Maria at CitySonnet: Silhouette

I have been doing silhouettes for quite some time now. These are my original photos converted to black and white and the outline of the birds redrawn by hand. The black enhanced and filled but not “flood filled” but each pixel or a group of pixels. The same process with the white part of my photograph.

I haven’t done any new ones for a while now as it is rather time consuming. I haven’t applied borders. When the photo is framed it doesn’t need a border but on the web page perhaps.  I hope you enjoy my bird silhouettes.
This is the first one I attempted. A White-faced Heron who was sitting on a tree in my garden.silhouette_blog_white-faced-heron
A Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo flying at my placesilhouette-blog_yellow-tailed-black-cockatoo
The distinctive tail shape of a Spangled Drongosilhouette_blog_spangled-drongo
Another easily identified bird by their tail – a Rainbow Bee Eatersilhouette_blog_rainbow-bee-eater
A Golden Whistler singing in the treesilhouette_blog_whistler

 

One of my best and most complicated, a Wattlebird on a Banksia flower at Evans Headsilhouette-blog_wattlebird

The featured image is a Pied Cormorant keeping watch on the dam at my place

the old song

The new song

Technology

The word prompt from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo: Technology

There are many uses for technology. The use of electricity has made life for us humans easier than in the past. In order to make electricity accessible, we have to have infrastructure to ensure technology and vast possibilities are within our grasp. The intricate designs and use of materials to carry the power to us are around us everyday.

There are many uses of our technology

A Brahminy Kite having lunch on a power polebrahminy kite_cropped_grafton_112011

A Little Corella swinging on the wireslittle corella_grafton_named_june 2014
A Pelican enjoying the morning sun171210_blog challenge_elevation_pelican

Birds Around My Neighbourhood

Two photo challenges caught my eye today.

Lens-artists: Around the Neighbourhood

Jenns: Feathered Friends

Come for a quick walk around my neighbourhood. There is my dead end gravel road which is about three kilometers long which has an intersection with another gravel road which is paved about sixteen kilometers from my place. It goes from the highway to a long way away, perhaps fifty kilometers.

Lets get going.

The Noisy Friarbird will often let others know we are about
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Listen for a chip chip and look at the tree trunks to see a White-throated Treecreeper scouring the bark for an insect or twowhite throated treecreeper_named_home_oct 2018

The lovely face of a Blue-faced Honeyeater
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You might hear the wings of the Eastern Spinebill before you see one zoom past
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The Pied Butcherbirds song will fill the forest as we walk along
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We may see a Jackie Winter sitting on a fence
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Lovely little Eastern Yellow Robins will be chip chip chipping seemingly endlesslynorthern yellow robin_named_home_june 2018

Of course the familiar sounds of Kookaburras will resound around the bush
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Small Brown Honeyeaters will be silently having a snack on a Bottlebrush
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A flash of colour and a Spotted Pardelote will fly by
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A Forest Kingfisher, a sudden flash like a blue jewel, as he flies through the bushforest kingfisher_close_named_home_march 2017

The unmistakable squawking of Rainbow Lorikeets as they argue about whose branch it is will get your attention
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The beautiful song of a Rufous Whistler will kep you spell bound for ages
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A whistle, a flash of red, the smallest honeyeater is unmistakable in the bush
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High in the tree, the resident Square-tailed Kite will keep an eye on you
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While overhead it’s mate will soarsquare-tailed-kite_flying_named_home_sept-2016
Up the road a bit, some Crimson Rosellas have a snack on the horses feedcrimson-rosellas_named_home_sept-2016

What’s that chatter chatter chatter? I hear you say. The Grey-crowned Babblers walk about the forest floor snacking on unsuspecting insects talking about their day
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More jewels in the sky as the Rainbow Bee-eaters gather
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Another remarkable song and bright yellow of the Golden Whistler will make you stop and listen
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Musk Lorikeets can be seen as they feast on the nectar of Pink Euodias
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The largest bird of prey, a Wedged-tailed Eagle on the lookout for an unsuspecting wallaby or animal, will sit silent until we get to closewedged tailed eagle01_named_home_feb 2015

A bit more whistling heralds that we are near some King Parrots
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A strange metallic sound draws our attention to the iridescent and distinctive tail shape of the wonderfully named Spangled Drongo spangled drongo_home_named_oct 2014

A Satin Bowerbird who is similarly coloured to a Drongo will be in the bush sometimes finding food
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or finding sticks or blue stuff to decorate and construct his Bowerthe-bower_named_home_feb-2017

Thanks for dropping by and having a bit of a walk around my neighbourhood. I hope you had a good time.

Quest

The Ragtag Daily Prompt Wednesday: Quest

I have always liked the idea of a quest probably from reading King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table as a youngster.
Over the years I have set myself a number of quests. These quests involve getting a photo of something I have seen but never able to get any good photos. I have written about one such Quest
I take my self imposed quests quite seriously, much to the bemusement of my bestie who sometimes won’t stop the car when I see what could be an opportunity or calls out when we are going out “What are you doing?” Most times I am ready to go but just outside chasing butterflies, dragonflies, stalking a bird or getting that perfect shot of a flower.

Here are some of my quest conquests.

A Blue Triangle Butterfly. They don’t land that often and have an erratic flight.
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A Royal Spoonbill. I have a few photos but never seemed to be able to get close enough for a good photo.
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Rainbow Bee-eaters. Always on the move, never settling for long.
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Catching that Bee in flight
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The featured photo. Always trying to get birds in flight. An ongoing quest.

 

Birds

Welcome back Bren with a theme for the Photo for the Week Challenge: Birds

Instead of having a bird overload I decided just to play with a photo to make things a bit different than my usual stock standard bird photo.

There is a road we drive along where we take in the scenery and hope there will be something special along the way. One particular drive, around a bend something colourful flashed in front of the car and landed on a barbed wire fence just beside car. It was a couple of Rainbow Bee-eaters. Beautiful little birds.

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