Four, actually, but one of them is left ‘in bokeh,’ as we Auteurs say.
A few more White Ibises, because they are still majestic.
Bin Chickens. Trash Turkeys. Rubbish Raptors. The Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca) has a bad reputation.
Intrepid, mobile, and omnivorous these birds thrive in our cities. Unfortunately, many people associate them with garbage and scavenging, and don’t see their astonishing beauty.
They have a lifespan of up to 20 years, and a high rate of fertility, so they seem to be permanent members of our community. Last year we were shocked when over 30% of the population died. We’re still not sure what the cause was, but a virus is the most likely candidate.
I often don’t bother to capture them, as they are common, they fly a lot, and they are very easy to photograph. Sometimes, when the other birds are too lazy to fly, or the swallows are too annoying, I grab a shot or two. Or thirteen.
I think they are majestic.
I found two more pictures of Noisy Miners aspiring to duckhood.
On a mild (22°C) midwinter day the Noisy Miners were cooling off in the lake. They often do this when it’s hot, and it seems to be a social behaviour.
Capturing them is a bit of a technical challenge. They are small birds, and fast. The fly out a few meters over the lake, then dive in fast. Pointing the lens, acquiring a perfect focus, then taking the shot has to be done inside half a second. It’s easier to get them coming out than going in.
My recipe was to shoot a fast (1/3200) exposure with the gain wound up high and the autofocus tuned for fast acceleration.
I’m splitting these pictures across three posts out of concern for your page load times.
The title says it all, really.
It’s mid-autumn and the average peak temperature is still over 30°C. Ibis Chicks should have moved on, Noisy Miners shouldn’t be hunting spiders and Dragons should be awesome. Well, one of these animals is getting it right.
I’ve never seen the honeyeater or the wattlebird before.
These ones are settling in to roost for the night.
We were driving back from the lookout ar Redhill in Canberra when we came upon a small beach on the lake, The gulls were working out where to roost for the night. I think these are all silver gulls (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae). The ones with dark beaks and eyes are juveniles.
I have quite a lot of these pics, so I’m publishing a couple of posts.