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.

Nature In Still Life

As evening draws in and a cool breeze ruffles the surface of the lake, the birds that make this lake their home make their way to safe havens for the night.  I spent a few hours emersed in nature in the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast and ended up here on the edge of the Baroon Pocket Dam as the night began to close in.

A lone duck makes a lonely flight across a windswept lake on its way to its evening roost

Blood Moon Eclipse

Woke early on Saturday morning to see the eclipse just beginning through the window. I put a triple shot coffee in the thermos and headed out the door. My plan was to try and get the moon from across the river on a dark stretch of road where the lights of town didn’t fade out the stars.

By the time I had set up my tripods the eclipse was almost half done although it was still an amazing site, with Mars shining brightly nearby

As the eclipse progressed the colour became a deeper red as it slipped into the shadow of the Earth

The morning sun began to lighten the sky in the east and the moon began to fade as the trees along the river slowly came into view from the darkness where they had been hiding.

In the dawn light the river seemed at peace. There was barely a ripple on the water and the blue sky promised a glorious winter’s day to come

I packed up and set off for home and a hearty breakfast when, as I came around a corner, I came across a landscape of fog carpeting the fields all the way to Mt Coolum which appeared to struggle to hold its head above the misty air. Behind it the first rays of the sun burned the air with a golden glow.

Did anyone get up to see this once in a blood moon spectacle?.. Did you get some good photos? Please share them for all to see if you did.

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