I am back in Australia staying in Sydney. Yesterday I had so much fun walking through the Royal Botanical Gardens. The gardens are so beautiful! I am not sure how many acres the gardens take up, but they are huge! I spent several hours just wandering around, and of course taking many photos. Although I have not had time to identify them, these are the birds that I saw in the gardens (and one in Sydney Harbor).
I have been enjoying the beauty of New Zealand the last five days. This island country has some of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen! Right now it is winter, but the forests are still green and there are still flowers blooming. Our tour guide has been talking about the Kea, a rather large parrot that has green feathers with bright red feathers under its wing. Today I was lucky enough to see one! This bird is not shy, and has been know to take food right out of a human’s hand. Apparently it will also attack sheep and kill them. So, people in New Zealand are not very fond of this bird!
I am having so much fun photographing the wildlife in Australia. I haven’t identified most of the birds, but right now I am just happy to get the photos!
This Australian rainforest was simply beautiful. It was exactly like we expected: moist, hot, dark, and really green. I was, however, very surprised at how little wildlife we saw! Even the insects were hiding!
Boyd’s Forest Dragon
Boyd’s Forest Dragon
Australian Brush Turkey
Yesterday I took a high-speed catamaran to Green Island. Green Island is a small island off the eastern coast of Australia. The island is a tropical rainforest that is along the Great Barrier Reef. While on the island my friend and I walked in the rainforest and along the beach, and snorkeled. It was warm and sunny for most of the day. However, like most tropical climates, every so often the clouds rolled in a dropped a bit of rain. With the warm, most air, I thought we would be eaten alive by insect, be were not! The only insects I saw during the trip were some butterflies.
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-300mm | @300mm | 1/160| f/13| ISO 200
I’m in Australia! My friend and I have been planning this trip for years and it is finally a reality. Currently we are in Cairns. Today we went for a boat ride to Green Island where we hiked in the rainforest and snorkeled along the Great Barrier reef. As we were walking to the boat going to Green Island I spotted this very unusual bird, it is a masked lapwing, and it was in a green space in the middle of town. Befoe today, I had no idea that this bird even exists!
Masked Lapwing Information
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-600mm | @420mm | 1/320 | f/6.3 | ISO320
The berries on my serviceberry tree are ripening and yesterday I noticed that some cedar waxwings had stopped by for a snack. These attractive birds love serviceberries and each year they are frequent visitors (along with the robins) when the berries start to turn red. This is the first time that I have attempted to photograph them. I discovered that they are a little skittish; there was no sneaking up on them. So, I got out my lawn chair and set up my camera and tripod on my front lawn. I am sure that my neighbors wondered what I was doing, but my strategy worked. I was able to get several photos of this beautiful bird! Perhaps I will set up my photography studio again today:)
Cedar Waxwing Information