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

Another day at the bird bath: Who splashes the most

I love watching the birds when they come in for a quick dip or a good long wash. Some just zip in for a quick wash while others really take bath time seriously. There are the birds who like to be alone when bathing, some make it a family affair but it is always a lot of splashing around.

The magpie just wanted to dive right in.

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And once he was in, he just tossed beakfuls of water all around.

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The Lewins Honeyeater liked a quick dip, a bit of a drip dry and then was off.

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The Spangled Drongo often just sits and waits before diving in.

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Inevitably someone else thinks its bath time as well, much to the Drongos disgust the Noisey Miner had bath time on its mind.

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The Wattlebird also tried to extend the Drongos bathtime by just diving right in.

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Usually the Wattlebird makes sure there isn’t anything in the water before venturing in.

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The Noisey Miners are some of the birds who like to make bath time a family affair.

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They just love to splash about.

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But the best of all the bird bath splashers would have to be the Eastern Whipbird. After a bath, he liked to have a good shake.

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But in the bird bath………

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The Eastern Whipbird, I think, is the best splasher in the birdbath…what about you?