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  1. 15 hours ago, gvallee said:

    Thanks again Sally. I could have invented any story, but it's not my style. Here how I did it. Hope this link works. You might have to click on Proceed to Site.




    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!

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  2. On 12/07/2020 at 10:25, gvallee said:

    Black Kite (Milvus migrans) wild



    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. On 11/07/2020 at 07:04, gvallee said:

    We just spent a wonderful week bushcamping in a national park. Stunning scenery with waterfalls, plunge pools, campfires in the evening.

    There was a termite mound less than 5m from our motorhome. Camera mounted on a tripod and pre-focused slightly to the back of the top of the mound, I was comfortably seated with a glass of wine in one hand, remote shutter release in the other hand. I spent hours photographing blue-faced honeyeaters and great bowerbirds landing and inter-acting/fighting/begging on and around it. 


    A skinny dingo ventured in the campground, only to be mobbed by a crow. He had to retreat.

    Needless to say, although the scenery was breathtaking, birds were the highlight of our stay.




    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 🙂

  4. 3 hours ago, Bella said:

    Thanks for the links Sally! Duade's bird photography is so beautiful, watching the slide shows full screen on the computer is amazing. I love the pink robin, I had no idea there was such a bird.


    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 shots at the Tyenna River near Russell Falls. As there was reduced light in the rainforest I had the shutter open for periods of about 20-30 seconds. During one such exposure a pink robin appeared and danced all about in the camera frame. However, with the long exposure the quick moving robin doesn't appear at all. Also, with the wide angle lens he would have been tiny in the frame anyway. So I just enjoyed watching him flitting about, seeming to be observing me as much as I was observing him (I knew he was a male because of his pink colouring). I was really happy to see one as it was one of the things I was really hoping to do.

  5. 26 minutes ago, The Blinking Eye said:

    What's hilarious about that is that the sun beam just found her there. She didn't even seek the spot out, was sitting there already. I picked up the camera from where I was sitting on the opposite couch and snapped it without even sitting up. 😁


    That's funny! I was thinking she was drawn to the sunbeam, but it found her instead 😂 It's such a lovely photo. She looks so content.

  6. On 05/07/2020 at 02:22, Betty LaRue said:

    Alan, photographing a Kingfisher has been on my bucket list for years. I once saw where one consistently fished from, a broken off dead tree, a stump, surrounded by water.

    I went out a few days later in the dark and sat up my hide on the bank of the lake. Dawn broke and since the hide had no floor, I was being chewed up by insects.
    Normally, I can sit very still for a long time. Not when I am slapping and scratching. The bird was a no-show, probably because it could hear fingernails on skin and denim. Who knows. By the time I left, the inside of that hide was like an oven. I got tired of being cooked and eaten alive. So not only was I slapping and scratching, I was mopping.
    Never tried it again because just thinking about it makes me want to barf.


    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 repellant. While intently focussing on a heron with my camera I could feel a mosquito biting me, but didn't want to miss the shot. I left that day thinking, I hope I don't get Ross River virus. 3 weeks later I did, but pathology tests showed I had produced antibodies. I was fortunate in that I was only sick a short time, but some people have debilitating symptoms for 18 months or so. I've learned my lesson. I'm immune to Ross River virus now I've had it, but there is another one here called Barmah Forest virus that I can still get, so I know to take more care now if I know I'm in a high risk area.


    There probably should be a book called 'Hazards of Wildlife Photography'.

  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:



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  8. 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

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  9. 9 hours ago, Alan Beastall said:

    Sat all day under an oak tree, hidden in shrubs and being bitten to death by b****y mossies 😖 to get a dozen or so images of this male kingfisher perched on a

    branch with a cobweb which looks like a fishing rod and line.



    Edited 7 hours ago by Alan Beastall


    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:



    ...and this is a page with his photography tips:



    I've only watched one of his videos so far which is this one which I thought of looking at your kingfisher on a stick:


  10. 9 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Sally, dear—did you explain to that bird that its neck is way too long? It needs help.


    There's not much beautiful nature here in Liverpool, unless you count the colourful selection of antipasti in the M&S Foodhall. 


    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 😂 

  11. 10 hours ago, SShep said:
    11 hours ago, Sally R said:

    The Times:

    World Meteorological Organisation records world’s longest lightning flash in southern Brazil


    (Couldn't get more info on this one).


    Thats:   RR27HC, S. Garcia Cournoyer



    Thanks SShep!

  12. 8 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    I don't know what you use, but the A58 having a focal-plane shutter won't sync above about 1/160th  of course. Not usually too much sunlight at f16 though so I can just blast it. Or put up a parasol (seriously).


    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!

  13. Guardian Australia online:

    Top tax return tips for Australians who worked from home during coronavirus


    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


    (Couldn't get more info on this one).

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  14. 1 minute ago, spacecadet said:

    I appreciate it. Getting the flash out into the garden has really done the trick there. My old flashgun with inflatable softbox (you should see it, just like a tiny little shiny waterwing) is at about 90 degrees to camera for that one. Just right for the hairy bits.

    BTW enchanter's is supposed to have white leaves when fresh, (I've been listening to John) but we have a strain that's definitely appear pink straight out of the bud.


    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!

  15. 6 hours ago, Jansos said:

    Thanks Sally. That article and link were very useful! You have helped me answer my own question! The benefits of the newer model don't seem worth the x 2 ++ increase in cost.



    No worries Jansos. I'm glad the article Michael sent is helpful, along with me weighing up the pros and cons 🤔. 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 🙂

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    21 hours ago, spacecadet said:

    That is completely dead gourgeous.

    And all I've got is this enchanter's nightshade (thanks John).

    Hot glue custom lens adapter holding up well.

    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 👍

  17. 11 hours ago, wiskerke said:

    If anyone is into gulls, have a look at this book: Gulls of the World - A Photographic Guide - Klaus Malling Olsen 2018

    Without it I would never have known the difference between the argenteus and the argentatus. Hmm I still don't see it, but I now know there is.

           Upperparts paler than in argentatus. Note very pale eyes surrounded by narrow, palish orbital ring, creating ʻsceptical lookʼ.

    Sceptical look? Does mine have the sceptical look? Hmm.

    Reviews of the book: 1; 2. (And the list of errata from 2. - Insert laughing gull emoji here.)


    And there's the brilliant http://www.gull-research.org website. (Take a look at this page.)




    😂 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 the location, scaring off the very bird they are so interested in. Anyway, Steve Martin created a bluegrass album named after this phenomenon. For anyone into banjo and bluegrass, this is the title track: 


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  18. 1 hour ago, Betty LaRue said:

    I have the RX100-3 and it’s only 70mm at the long end. I use it like you say you want to. I use my Fuji XT-2 with a variety of lenses from very wide to 400 mm. 
    But the Sony in my purse or pocket is the one I’ve taken run-across shots of construction zones, new house builds, inside Walmart and a grocery, and a shoe store. I had it on a Caribbean trip and got beautiful beach pictures with it. When going into the island shops, I didn’t want to carry anything heavier than the Sony, (shopping is exhausting enough) and I had fun taking pictures with it. If it were the only camera I ever shot with, then I’d go Edo’s way. But it’s not. It’s my secondary camera.
    Edo said he thought my model was slow-focusing sometimes.  I haven’t found that with my copy, at least not so I’ve noticed, so all is good.
    I will say that there has been a handful or two times that I wished for more reach with it, but not often enough to get one of the longer zooms. I prefer the fastness over the reach for those indoor shots. As it is, I have to use creative noise reduction unless by a bright window.  Fastness or reach is an individual choice.

    It basically comes down to buying the tool you actually need for the job.


    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 outdoors, but that as you point out, noise can be a problem in less bright surroundings so I will need to deal with that in post-processing. I will keep thinking about the fastness vs reach issue, and which choice will suit best what I'd like to do with the camera.

  19. On 25/06/2020 at 02:16, Ed Rooney said:

    These gulls didn't steal from me, Betty. I gave them the fries. At first there was one alone, being very territorial. Then a few others dropped by. 


    I've been here for almost a year now and I've never seen a Herring gulls steal or become aggressive. They are big birds, so they could be a problem.


    I like these birds. They have a majesty about them. They are not friendly looking or charming, but they project something that says they have a right to their space on Earth. I don't want to be one of those people who goes around feeding birds all the time, but when I can I will. 





    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:


    Pacific Gull (Larus pacificus) Stock Photo


  20. 10 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Look at the comparison between the 6 and the 7 in the data MDM sent you. Maybe the less expensive 6 would work for you.


    The depth-of-field control in these little mirrorless cameras is not great. It will frustrate you. 


    I suspect your brother is a bit younger than me. There's no way I could cover great distances on foot as I once did. I would love to have access to Village England. When I lived in Oxfordshire in the '80s, I had a car. In Western Australia, I would need a car, a small aeroplane, a helicopter, a van, and maybe a houseboat. 


    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 transport you mention, along with Mr Standfast's idea of a hovercraft, would be great travel options 😀. All our family holidays when I was a kid were to towns in WA, so I got used to long hours of car travel back then. However, I prefer driving shorter distances at a time myself now, preferably no more than 3-4 hours in a day. I also want to stop all the time and take photos!


    It would be great if you got some opportunities to head out into Village England. I wonder if there are opportunities by bus, but I guess still important at the moment to think about where best to go based on what is happening with Covid-19. I saw a story on the news last night showing the beaches packed in the UK!

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