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Sally R

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  1. That's fantastic to see your setup Gen. It looks very comfortable and great you could park right near the termite mound. Having the motor home means you can bring your home to natural settings and just be in them and ready for photographic opportunities. You are so inspiring me to do something similar one day!
  2. This Black Kite photo is stunning Gen! He or she seems quite close to you and curious about you as well. I got to hold one of these on my arm once at a raptor centre called Eagles Heritage in Margaret River here in WA. I remember the woman there telling us they have to be successful in one out of every seven hunts in order to maintain their strength and keep alive. She also told us that they have phenomenal eyesight for spotting prey, many times greater than human eyesight.
  3. I love your blue-faced honeyeater Gen. After our various descriptions above about being bitten by mosquitoes and other insects while trying to photograph birds, your glass of wine in one hand and remote in the other sounds idyllic and much more relaxing! I think I will try that one day πŸ™‚
  4. You're welcome Bella. Yes Duade does a really good job of getting a really nice shallow depth of field so that all the attention is on the bird without distractions. I am trying to practice getting down lower to attain this nice depth of field. Lying on the ground seems to produce the best effect for birds that are also on the ground or on water. I think I will be taking a blanket down to a local lake soon to try this out. I've taken quite a few shots sitting down but not lying down for birds. I was lucky to see a pink robin in Tasmania 6 years ago. I was actually doing landscape s
  5. That's funny! I was thinking she was drawn to the sunbeam, but it found her instead πŸ˜‚ It's such a lovely photo. She looks so content.
  6. That sounds truly terrible Betty! You have reminded me of a story a photographer told me a few years ago. He had set up a tent he was using as a bird hide by a lake. After sitting in there a while he realised a tiger snake had slithered in with him. They are highly venomous. He had to wait sitting still for about four hours, after which the snake finally decided to leave. A few years ago I went to a lake to do bird photography in an area that is known for Ross River virus, a mosquito borne virus that we have here in Australia. I was silly enough to have short sleeves and no insect
  7. Congrats John! That is a really interesting theme for this month. These are my three: The fiery sun setting over the Indian Ocean (fire and water): The fiery sun rising in a fog on a lake (fire and water and maybe air too if fog fits with that): This one is tannin stained water from a creek at the point where the creek enters the ocean and mingles with sea water. The tannin comes from trees and their roots growing in the earth, so I thought maybe earth and water here, but the colours are also fiery:
  8. Took this last year but only just uploaded it. There was a golden light that lasted well past sunrise. A man conveniently rowed into the scene in a rowboat, making it a bit more interesting.
  9. Love this one Kristin! Cats always seem to find the prime position for warmth and light.
  10. Two images featured in Landscope: Western Australia's Parks, Wildlife and Conservation Magazine - Volume 35, Number 4, Winter 2020 Page 14: Rocks on Boongaree Island, Prince Frederick Harbour, the Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia Contributor: Robert Wyatt / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: E073XJ Page 16: Boab tree and pandanus on beach at Careening Bay, Kimberley, Western Australia Contributor: Denis Crawford / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: AWN1BX
  11. Well done for achieving this beautiful shot Alan, despite mosquitoes! It does indeed look like the kingfisher is perched on a fishing rod. I've read of some wildlife photographers spending hours partially submerged in lakes to get a low angle photo of a water bird. There is a bird photographer here in Australia, Duade Paton, who has started posting his bird photography tips online. In case it is of interest, this is the page with his images: https://www.photos.duadepaton.com/ ...and this is a page with his photography tips: https://www.duadepaton.com/
  12. I'm guessing Ed you mean the white-necked heron I posted. Yes it looks unusual and that it should be in the Guinness Book of Records for bird with longest neck! I'm glad you at least have some beautiful nature in the form of antipasti πŸ˜‚
  13. Wow that's a nice close-up. I like the sort of coral red colour.
  14. I have a Nikon D5200 but I am yet to investigate options for additional lighting. It's one thing on my long list of photography to-do things! Yes there are a lot of creative ways to make things work!
  15. Guardian Australia online: Top tax return tips for Australians who worked from home during coronavirus https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/top-tax-return-tips-to-help-you-through-the-end-of-the-australian-financial-year Closeup of accountant counting on calculator and working with table Contributor: Cuomo Mauro / Alamy Stock Photo Image ID: PXX5PR The Times: World Meteorological Organisation records world’s longest lightning flash in southern Brazil https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/world-meteorological-organisation-records-wor
  16. Yes I googled enchanter as I hadn't heard of it before and could see that they mostly seem to be white, but I also saw an illustration of it with the same colour you have there. Flashes of various kinds seem to really help with close-up photography. You can keep the shutter speed up while also having enough depth of field to keep everything in focus. One day I might get one of those fancy ring flashes for macro. I've been relying on the bright sunlight here to provide enough light, but in a forest or a cloudy day illumination options come in very handy!
  17. No worries Jansos. I'm glad the article Michael sent is helpful, along with me weighing up the pros and cons πŸ€”. I'm leaning towards one of the older models at the moment now. I'll also wait to see when they are on sale again. It's great to hear that you are pleased with the results of the RX100 as a day to day pocket camera πŸ™‚
  18. Thanks Space Cadet! I like the enchanter's nightshade, including the way the light picks up the hairs all along the stems. It's amazing when you look really closely at things and see what is actually there. It looks like a delicate plant. Glad the custom lens adaptor is holding up πŸ‘
  19. This is a Fairy Tern chick I photographed early last year. He or she was almost fully grown, so no longer a ball of fluff but not quite in adult plumage.
  20. Great choices Colin! I think I'm going to have to wait a day or so before I vote because I can't decide yet.
  21. πŸ˜‚ That is serious gull information, especially the complicated 'errata' section. While I love birds, I'm not quite that obsessive! You have made me think of a bluegrass song and album by Steve Martin called Rare Bird Alert. Apparently rare bird alerts are when someone sees a very rare bird, they quickly inform all other birders within their network exactly what bird they have just seen, giving precise details of time and location. I can't help thinking that the poor, rare red-spotted thingamabob was quietly going about its business, and all of a sudden hundreds of birders are descending upon t
  22. Many thanks Betty. That's very helpful. It would be my secondary camera as well, so in that regard it doesn't have to be able to do everything. It does seem like a fun camera too. We have some good cycle paths around the river and along the ocean here, and I love the idea of having something small and easy like this that's easy to carry should I see something interesting. I already have lenses specialised for different things with my DSLR, but feel the Sony would be an ultra-portable addition that would fill the gap of doing photography when a DSLR is not convenient. I imagine it will do well
  23. Hi Ed, just saw this picture of yours of a Herring Gull and realised they are like the Pacific Gulls we get here in Australia, except ours have yellow legs and much darker back feathers. You rarely see them in Perth, but see them more commonly to the south. Unlike the Silver Gulls which are the most numerous here, our Pacific Gulls sound more like your Herring Gulls, not aggressive and with a kind of nobility about them. I've put up one pic on Alamy of one I saw in southern Tasmania:
  24. Thanks Ed, yes had another look at the data MDM sent. Version 6 may be a good option. There are end of financial year sales here on cameras at the moment that end in a couple of days, and that was adding to my sense of urgency in making a decision. However, I've decided to wait for a bit to think it through more, rather than rushing into deciding. It will probably be better to do so too when I have a bit more money. I do really love the idea of this little camera and can see myself getting one sometime in the next 6 months. Yes Western Australia is truly vast, and all the forms of
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