December 10th, 2018
Beechy Forrest, Victoria, Australia
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender
Canon 600EX II-RT flash with extender
One of the highlights of the year was finally having the opportunity to photograph this brilliantly coloured species! This somewhat elusive species breed in dark, densely vegetated gullies in moist eucalypt forests or cool temperate rainforests, which can make photography very tricky! However, this little beauty & his mate have made their home at the base of a waterfall in the Otway Ranges which allows enough natural light through the forest canopy to produce some really nice images. Despite fracturing my wrist after a fall, nothing was going to dampen my spirits after photographing this little stunner! #pinkrobin
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Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens
Canon 600EX II-RT flash
The incredible Golden Bowerbird! This species was my second most sought after bird on my trip to Far North Queensland in November last year. These secretive birds inhabit the rainforests of Northern Queensland above 700 metres in elevation. They are the smallest of all bowerbirds, however they build the largest & most elaborate bowers, which they use to attract a mate.
Their bowers consist of one or two towers of sticks, usually constructed around the trunks of two saplings loosely connected by a fallen branch or log. These towers can be up to 2m in height! The centre platform of the bower is decorated with lichen & freshly plucked flowers from a specific type of plant. Swipe left for an example of one of these amazing structures!
Once the male has established his bower, he will spend considerable time decorating it. He will perch nearby & advertise to females with a series of incredible electronic-like vocalisations. When not fussing over his bower or trying to woo a mate, he will be actively defending his bower from rival males & even raiding other bowers to steal their treasures for his own!
I spent two days in a secluded rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands observing this particular male from my throw hide. Some of his time was spent fending off rivals, but one two occasions another male penetrated his defences & stole his flowers. Once he realised what had happened, he would quickly go about the task of locating more decorations to replace those that were pilfered. His perseverance obviously paid off - he had a female visit to inspect his bower on both days. #goldenbowerbird
Today was dedicated to Uluru, from sunrise to sunset we immersed ourselves.
The silence of sunrise is beautiful, your eyes do all the talking as they light up with the rock and the rising sun, today was extra special as we also had a full moon setting - where to look?
A cultural walk with Aboriginal ranger was insightful, so interesting to gain the knowledge, find yourself looking at things in a whole different way.
Clancy and I also sat down with a couple of old Aboriginal ladies who were painting in a gallery, they were so free with their time and knowledge, reading the stories in the paintings that little bit easier now. - far from a whole heap of dots.
Finishing the day with sunset, it’s a little louder and bolder but no less delightful.
We all will be back again at sometime, as once you start to understand the place a little you just want a little more.
Far from just a big rock, it’s Tjukurpa.