Photo of the week – Australian Birdwing

Australian Birdwing
Sipper Time

On a recent trip to Cairns in North Queensland, I took a trip up to Kuranda in the hinterland behind Cairns. One of the attractions is the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary where thousands of these beautiful creatures flutter about a huge enclosure for the public’s pleasure.

This Australian Birdwing Butterfly is just one of many species that can be seen. The sanctuary offers education on the life cycle and habitat of butterflies as well as a breeding facility.

Have you been to the Kuranda Butterfly Sanctuary: what did you think of it. Please feel free to leave a comment below……..

Old Man Roo

Wildlife has always been a favourite subject for me to photograph and there is an occasional animal who just likes to pose. Kangaroos are one of those animal species who, having little fear of man and an active curiosity, will often provide the photographer with some great opportunities.

This guy was grazing the side of the road in the early evening when he saw me approach. Showing no fear, he stood just watching as I walked towards him. After providing me a few good shots, he turned and hopped quietly down a side track to meet up with a few mates and continue his evening meal.

The Three Apostles

Apostle Birds

Another photo from yester-year. These Apostle Birds are known by many different names around Australia. Most of these names seem to relate to fast food: Hungry Jacks, MacDonald Ducks, Kentucky Fried Choughs, among others. They are a very socialble bird with gatherings of up to 100 birds during the winter although they stay in much smaller groups of around 10 during the breeding season.

Photographing Kookaburras

Photographing Kookaburras is one of my favourite photography exercises. Always photogenic, these icons of the Australian bush are a pleasure to capture on film. Whether sitting, as this one is, on a branch or capturing prey on the ground, Kookaburras will generally guarantee a nice photo.

Taken on a Canon 450D, with a simple kit lens at 1/250 sec – f/5.6. The photo has had minimal development other than a 1 to 1 crop. After sorting through some old photos I found this one. It takes out this weeks photo.

Ever watchful, a kookaburra sits on a bare branch with its eyes peeled for some morsel of food that might go scurrying through the grass below. When photographing kookaburras, this pose always guarantees a good shot.
Ever watchful, a kookaburra sits on a bare branch with its eyes peeled for some morsel of food that might go scurrying through the grass below. When photographing kookaburras, this pose always guarantees a good shot.