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Old 20th December 2016, 9:28 PM   #1
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Default Local birdlife

Our place is slowly turning into a bird sanctuary, so I thought I'd share.


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And not quite birds, but I'm sure they'd argue that being 'dragons' makes them far superior


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Comments and critique and general aspersions of my character and parentage welcome
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Old 22nd December 2016, 8:30 PM   #2
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My kids want to come vistit

They are both mad for birds for some reason , as far as the photo critique I dunno look good to me.
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Old 22nd December 2016, 9:10 PM   #3
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Beautiful shots of beautiful subjects. (I wish I could hire you to do a portrait of my cocky.)
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Old 22nd December 2016, 11:00 PM   #4
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They are both mad for birds for some reason , as far as the photo critique I dunno look good to me.
You're welcome to stop by, BBQ could use a good workout
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Beautiful shots of beautiful subjects. (I wish I could hire you to do a portrait of my cocky.)
We're pretty sure this one was once a pet. It sometimes blurts out 'hello cocky!' It seems to be adapting to the wild pretty well though, it's been in the neighbourhood for a few weeks now.

If I make it to Perth again though I'll let you know. My best mate lives over there and it's been far too long since I got to take his jetski for a run
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Old 22nd December 2016, 11:29 PM   #5
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Some awesome photos - here is some detail if your interested.

1-2 Red Winged Parrot Aprosmictus erythropterus.

3-6 Pale Headed Rosella Platycercus adscitus.

7 Magpie Cracticus tibicen black back variant.

8 Little Friar Bird Philemon citreogularis.

9-10 Sulphur-crested cockatoo Cacatua galerita.

11-12 (I think is) Graphic Flutterer Dragonfly - Rhyothemis graphiptera
http://www.brisbaneinsects.com/brisb...dFlutterer.htm

For the Dragon Fly I googled and analysed "tiger striped dragonfly".
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Hmm, I had the pale headed rosella mixed up with the yellow rosella, I'll have to remember that one


We have probably 20 of those magpies now. We called in the local wildlife foundation to help us with a possum problem, but they couldn't help. They did like the area though and asked if they could release birds here if/when needed. A family of 5 magpies turned into 20 in about 6mths. We've also got a lot of other regulars I'm sure most would be familiar with.

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We're pretty sure this one was once a pet. It sometimes blurts out 'hello cocky!'
If it talks, it was definitely a pet. Mine's a pink and grey. She's a corker.

One reason that I admire bird shots so much is because I've tried to snap some of my birds and they never stop moving....
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If it talks, it was definitely a pet. Mine's a pink and grey. She's a corker.

One reason that I admire bird shots so much is because I've tried to snap some of my birds and they never stop moving....
Pink and grey? As in a Galah?

If you click on the images it'll take you through to the main page where there's an info button at the bottom, will show you what settings were used for the pics
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Pink and grey? As in a Galah?
Yes she's a galah.

I don't have a "proper" camera, just a point and shoot. I just don't know how people get good shots of animals that can't/don't sit still for the photo to be taken
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Yes she's a galah.

I don't have a "proper" camera, just a point and shoot. I just don't know how people get good shots of animals that can't/don't sit still for the photo to be taken
Does your point and shoot have a manual mode? If so you can probably still get some nice pics

Lots of light, smallest aperture your camera supports, fastest shutter speed you can manage. Zoom in from a bit of a distance and angle for a nice coloured background. If you can't get the shutter speed above 1/400 or so with those settings, up the iso until you can. Then moving bird or not you should still get some ok pics.
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Does your point and shoot have a manual mode?
I've no idea.... I'm a clueless numpty, I just put it on auto and wave it at something and click the button. If something is in the picture, it's a win
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I didn't realise how much character birds have until I got a couple of cockatiels.

They are a lot of fun to watch in the wild.

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- Blue faced honey eater - Entomyzon cyanotis,
- Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae.
- Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus haematodus,
- Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus - (this is my favorite photo even though you didn't capture the fish tail) like here
Can we keep some numbering system please as I am stilll working on the last one...........................
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- Blue faced honey eater - Entomyzon cyanotis,
- Kookaburra Dacelo novaeguineae.
- Rainbow Lorikeet - Trichoglossus haematodus,
- Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus - (this is my favorite photo even though you didn't capture the fish tail) like here
Can we keep some numbering system please as I am stilll working on the last one...........................
Done. I can tell you what the last one is if you like, or would you prefer to find out for yourself?


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As for the spangled drongo, it stops by to massage it's face in our window once a day, usually gives itself a good whack, then rests in a palm tree nibbling on berries for a few hours then disappears again. Same routine every day. I've never seen it sitting with it's tail like that though, I'll have to keep my eye out for that.
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Done. I can tell you what the last one is if you like, or would you prefer to find out for yourself?


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As for the spangled drongo, it stops by to massage it's face in our window once a day, usually gives itself a good whack, then rests in a palm tree nibbling on berries for a few hours then disappears again. Same routine every day. I've never seen it sitting with it's tail like that though, I'll have to keep my eye out for that.
Reassessing the Drongo (I was being one) what you captured is an Eastern Koel (formerly Common Koel) Eudynamys orientalis the hook at the end of the bill and the "lack of fish tail" are the give away. Have you heard it make the most annoying call when he is searching for a mate?
- they can do this for hours at any time of the day - we have one near us going off at 2AM.

18-19 Apostlebird Struthidea cinerea.

By the way some awesome shots you are getting and I hope I am not thread hijacking.
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