An afternoon walk - the sequel

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bergfalke 4
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An afternoon walk - the sequel
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After Friday afternoons success, my partner wanted to go and see the birds. So we packed a picnic lunch and went to Cobbler Creek Reserve. We took a different track this time - one that I don't normally use - but it paid dividends.

We spotted a dead tree that had numerous likely hollows, so we ventured off piste to have a look.

1. A nesting pair of Red Rumped Parrots. Male top left, female in the hollow. This dead tree was full of hollows and every one seemed to be occupied. There is probably a shortage of suitable nest sites.

2. Nesting female Red Rumped Parrots. I have never used a flash in my bird photos. I am now considering it when I go back to this spot.

3. Male Red Rumped Parrot. These birds are normally really hard to get close to. This one kept landing on the same branch very close to us. This is effectively full frame at 700mm on a cropped sensor body. You can never get this close.

The male Red Rumped Parrot kept landing very close to us on the same branch. Something was up, it is normally impossible to get that close to them. I took a wide detour to the other side and sure enough there was a hollow in the branch in the other side. He couldn't afford to leave it unattended less a interloper take up residence.

4. The male at the entrance to the hollow.

5. His lady arrives.

6. She checks out the hollow. She didn't seem that impressed really.

7. The male is nearby and scratches an itch.

8. The Red Rump on display

For the encore, I showed Justine the site where I scored the Pardalote pics previously. Almost on cue.....

9. Same tree, probably the same bird, different branch. Striated Pardalote.

10. Checking to see who is around.

11. And a quick song before flying off.

enjoy

Anthony

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Noah Yap Regular Member • Posts: 260
Re: An afternoon walk - the sequel

Wow! I like how the photos of the Striated Pardalote separated the bird so nicely from the background. Nice work! 

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Mikel10
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More beautiful images of beautiful birds. Lovely colors and detail. Thanks for sharing.

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1Dx4me
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very nice set, good job.

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bergfalke 4
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Thanks Noah

That tree is really well suited.  It is in the bottom of the gully with moderately steep sides.  A couple of steps up the slope brings you to eye level with the lower branches without going to far away from the tree.  The creek is behind the tree and there is a gap before the foliage on the opposite bank starts.

I should go there much later in the afternoon to see if the sun actually gets to illuminate those branches.  Both times have been with the branches in shade from the trunk.

Anthony

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bergfalke 4
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Not a problem. A thoroughly enjoyable stroll.

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Thanks 1Dx

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macrouser
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lovely sequence of shots.  Keep it up.

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