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So, anyway, onto something a little more positive. One of the things that i've really been appreciating about my new camera is how awesome it is for high speed photography! And what with the massive sensor, 15MP and reasonable zoom, this means that i can finally take decent photos of birds. :) Yes, i've become a twitcher! (A filthy twitcher, some might say. I may have to buy an anorak)

One of the things that's been fascinating me recently is how many different kinds of birds there are to be seen in metro Melbourne. There are the usual exotic pests such as pigeons and starlings and Indian mynahs, and plenty of the familar urban natives - magpies, crows, noisy miners etc, but also birds that i'm constantly running to my field guide for - puple swamphens and white-plumed honeyeaters and red rumped grass parrots! It's pretty awesome. And finding out where various birds are likely to be spotted is another way of reconnecting with Melbourne for me - seeing the ways that life will adapt to different environments, and the ways in which urban does not nessacerily equal tame.

Purple swamphen at Trin Warren Tam-boore. Which is an amazing little oasis of wildlife btw, right next to the citilink entrance. It's practically within a stones throw from home too, which is awesome. It's very relaxing to go for a wander down there and watch the wildlife.

Black swan, again at Trin Warren Tam-boore. This one was pretty tame actually, and checked out my camera bag for food! (I didn't have any)

Welcome swallow about to take a dip. One of the nice things about the camera is how it allows me to capture birds that simply move too fast for identification - this was taken at 1/2500 of a second.

Rainbow lorikeet, out near Templestowe. At the moment there are heaps of these around Flemington as well - huge flocks of them alighting on the trees near dusk, making an incredible racket.

Red rumped grass parrot - so cute! This one was at Dight's Falls, but i've seen heaps of them along the Merri creek in other places. They are supurbly camoflaged against the grass and leaves, not so well against the pavement. XD


Yes! It's a motherfucking Peregrine falcon! :D (Again around Trin Warren Tam-boore)

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Date: 2010-05-29 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nixwilliams
i love your bird photos! looking forward to going walking and bird spotting again soon...


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Date: 2010-05-30 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nixwilliams
cool! i'm really happy to have someone who is better at identifying birds than me - particularly raptors, because if it's not an eagle, i pretty much have no idea what kind of bird it is. (ok, and if it's an eagle other than a wedgetail or a sea eagle, i still have no idea!)

d and i are having a hard time getting days off together - or getting enough days off together to go walking *and* do whatever other things we have to do. hopefully things will begin to settle down now that the roster-wrangler is back at d's work, and he'll get his roster up to 2 weeks in advance (instead of the day before...). we'll totes let you know when we're walking again.

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Date: 2010-06-04 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] nixwilliams
maybe tuesday 15th...

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Date: 2010-05-29 12:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dancantdecide
Wow! You got some nice pictures! That swallow one is amazing!


Date: 2010-06-03 12:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] johnnypurple
omg you filthy twitcher, you!


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