31 July 2006
30 July 2006
In my little bird book there are 3400 illustrations of 850 species, and even then, I don't think this guy is represented. The closest I can match it with is the Yellow-throated Scrubwren, but don't quote me. Whatever it is, it's caught itself a fly for lunch. (Found it! It is actually a Striated Pardalote.)
Nikon d70 : 1/600 : f/9 : 250mm : iso200
29 July 2006
This caterpillar has been munching its way through the garden for the two days that I have been watching it. It took a while to get a good image of it, as it was lost in the background foliage in the daylight photos. This night image worked out well, throwing the background into black with a shallow DOF and use of a flash.
Nikon d70 : 1/60 : f/9 : 90mm : iso200
28 July 2006
27 July 2006
26 July 2006
25 July 2006
I've decided I hate trying to ID things via web searching, so for now, this one remains anonymous, at least until I get to a book shop. In the mean time, I'm calling it a bee.
As it turns out, it's a Hover fly, so called because it hovers (derr!). Coloured like a bee or wasp for protection.
Nikon d70 : 1/160 : f/6.3 : 90mm : iso200
23 July 2006
22 July 2006
I'm assuming this is a native wasp, and after much net serching, I've been unable to ID it. Apparently there are over 2000 native wasp in Australia. I came upon a nest of these in a hollow of a tree at Mt Cooth-tha on the Greenhood St walk. If anyone recognises this wasp, feel free to let me know.
PS I've discoverd this to be a potter wasp, one of 30 in the species
Nikon d70 : 1/50 : f/5.6 : 90mm : iso400
20 July 2006
This is a garden variety magpie, found all over Australia. It even has football teams named after it! They like open park or garden areas with a few tall gum trees around for shealter and nesting. During nesting season (Aug - Oct) they get very agressive in protecting their territory and have been know to cause injuries to humans when they swoop. Growning up across from a park that was home to magpies as a kid, I would look forward to "magpie season" to be entertained by the people running scared from swooping magpies.
Nikon d70 : 1/125 : f/5.6 : 300mm : iso200
19 July 2006
I've been trying to get close enought to one of these beauties to take an decent image for months now. Today was my lucky day. The Rainbow Lorikeet is widespread throughout the forests of Eastern Australia and South Australia and is also a common in urban areas. It feeds on nectar and pollen and is oblivious to almost everything else whilst feasting. This is how I was able to get in close for the photo. Some trivia for you, in 1774, the Rainbow Lorikeet was the first Australian bird ever to be illustrated in colour!
Nikon d70 : 1/100 : f/5.6 : 300mm : iso400
18 July 2006
This is a young Noisy Miner near the Ashgrove library. The Noisy Miner is, as the name suggests, a very noisy bird. It can aggressively attack larger birds such as hawks and kookaburras. These attacks may be so vigorous that most other birds are excluded from an area occupied by a colony.
Nikon d70 : 1/400 : f/5.6 : 300mm : iso1000
17 July 2006
It's amazing what you find in the garden when you look up close. As far as I'm able to ascertain, this is a female Blackish Medow Katydid. It's common in the Brisbane bushland and is usually active at night. This one looks like it has had a hard life, as it only has one hind leg!
Nikon d70 : 1/350 : f/9 : 90mm : iso200