It was brought to my attention that I tend to go birdwatching alot. So here is my attempt to document my outings and sightings. I also hope to show photos of as many of my ticks as possible.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Old pics

Haven't been out birding much lately due to a busted foot. I've been keeping it rested and its recovering nicely (phew!). Due to this I haven't posted a blog in ages. Today I though I'd share some pics I took before my little accident.
Locations include Borah TSR, near Manilla, Jerry's Plains, Walka Water Works in Maitland, Ash Island and Werakata National Park, near Kitchener.
All pics were taken with my canon 7D and my L100-400mm canon lense. No flashed was used and playback used in some.
My favourite shot is the Red-capped Robin as I've had no lucky with this species in the past. The Fan-tailed Cuckoo pic is also my best cuckoo pic.

Swift Parrots

Last Thursday, Stowie and I made a quick trip to Wyong to get some photos of Swift Parrots. Unfortunately the weather didn't come to the party with constant drizzle and dark skies making photography difficult. The other challenge was the distance between us and the birds. The Swifties tended to feed very high in the Spotted Gums, only occasionally coming down low enough for the camera to focus on them.
Another factor that was against us was their flightiness whenever a Noisy Miner or Pied Currawong dove into their tree. Luckily they'd just circle around for a while before landing and feeding again.
They were totally unfazed by us and would often land in the tree above.
Attached are a few terrible pics but as this is a photo tick for me I'm still happy with them. Hopefully I'll get better pics soon.