Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Parrots and Punk Pigeons.

I still can't get over the diversity and colourfulness of the birds in Australia and it seems Parrots are the most common type here and probably the most colourful. And do you know what the most amazing thing is? They are all flying free and not imprisoned in cages or aviaries.

Musk Lorikeet's.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
Eastern Rosella.
 Even the pigeons out here have put their own elegant twist on their appearance.
Crested Pigeon.

Crested Pigeon.

Friday, 24 September 2010

First day in Australia.

After about 35 hours travelling and less than 2 hours sleep in the last 42 I arrived in Adelaide at about 7.30 am. As my remedy for Jetlag is to stay awake until the local bedtime I dropped off my bags at my daughter's (Clare) place and she and her boyfriend (Nathan) took me to the local nature reserve and just happened to take the camera.
I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. Numerous beautifully coloured birds everywhere and the odd Koala sleeping in the treetops.
Two birds at the top of my trip hit list after seeing pics of these wonderfully coloured beauties were the Rainbow Lorikeet and the Superb Fairy-wren and I bagged them both on the first day! What a start...

A pair of Rainbow Lorikeets at their nest hole.

Superb Fairy-wren.

Monday, 20 September 2010

On my way to Oz.

I started my journey to Australia last night, leaving Heathrow at 22.00.

Busy Heathrow Airport.

What a relief! I got through check-in with all the photography kit. The hand luggage allowence is 5kg and I've got 13.5kg including 1D and 5D bodies and lenses up to 500mm all in my 'Thinktank Airport Acceleration' bag!I've been worrying about it all week and trying different permutations of loading a photo vest with the bodies and a couple of the lenses just to blag my way through if I got Stopped for being over weight. And believe it or not even concidered taking a handbag (yes a handbag) as they are allowed as an extra item. Anyway, I got through with the Thinktank, my laptop and an empty photo vest as carry-on and tougher bits of kit like tripod, spare batteries etc in my checked-in case wrapped in clothes.

My Malaysia Airline plane.

This time zone thing is a bit baffling. Flew through the night, got a couple of snatched shut-eye moments between movies, had breakfast an hour before getting to KL (kuala Lumpur) and landed at tea time!?!? What is that all about?
At KL for about 3 or 4 hours and then onward to Adelaide.
Anyway Burger King is calling but not sure if it's for tea, lunch, or maybe it's breakfast again.

Monday, 13 September 2010

Dragonflies in flight.

I've been having a go at Dragonflies in flight over the last month or so and managed to catch one or two like this little beauty.

Common Darter - Gloucestershire August 2010
 More on the Website.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

My first post.

Hello and welcome to the Wildlife Imaging News Blog and my first post.
First of all can I say how glad I am, and how glad you should be that there is a spell checker on here.

Willow Warbler - Forest of Dean April 2010.

The image of the Willow Warbler and has no significance other than to try out my Blog posting skills.
More to follow soon hopefully.