I know, beautiful and fly do not go together. Most of the time flies are considered annoying pests. However, this morning when I went on a hike with my good friend Bill, we spotted perhaps the most unusual fly that I have ever seen. As you can see the speckled color made it interesting to begin with. Then, when it raised its wings as almost a way of signaling something, I found it to be simply beautiful. My friend Bill is an insect expert! It always amazes me how quickly he is able to identify things. Shortly after I posted this, he emailed me that this is a peacock fly: BugGuide . If you get a chance, you should visit Bill’s blog, The Rural Path!
Peacock Fly (Callopistromyia annulipes)
Nikon D5300 | Tokina 100mm F2.8 Macro | @100mm | 1/200 | f/18 | ISO400
There was a dock with a very long walkway on Green Island in Australia. This island is located in the Great Barrier Reef area. As I was walking on the dock I spotted this creature in the water. I tried to get a clearer picture, but it was kind of far away. At first I thought it was a lobster, but I didn’t see any claws. Does anyone have any idea of what it could be?
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-300mm | @300mm | 1/500 | f/6.3 | ISO 400
While in Alice Springs, Australia I went for an early morning camel ride. It was so beautiful and peaceful to watch the sunrise over the outback. When we returned these beautiful birds were scratching around the straw in the barnyard. It was very difficult to get a decent picture because they were so far away, plus the early morning sun didn’t supply enough light. Sadly, this was the one and only time I saw these birds during my time in Australia.
The first time I saw this bird I was so excited! I knew it was a type of pigeon, but they don’t make pigeons like this in Illinois! The problem was that we were in a museum area and there were no pictures allowed. So, I tracked down one of the guards to see if I could take a picture of the pigeons. She said yes, but then I couldn’t find the birds again. Later that evening I was able to get a few shots when I spotted some crested pigeons near our hotel. Little did I know that I would see lots of these throughout our trip! This photo was taken at Alice Springs, Australia.
Nikon D5300 | Tamron 150-300mm | @300mm | 1/800 | f/8 | ISO 400
Australian Fig Bird
I am finally getting a chance to go through some of the pictures from my trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. My friend and I spent four very busy weeks visiting these beautiful countries. When I got home I was slapped right across the face with some major jet-lag! Sleeping and adjusting to my daily routine was not easy. Going through pictures was definitely not something I could focus on. Ten days later I am feeling great and ready to tackle those thousands of pictures. So, as I come across some of the photos that I didn’t post before, I will add them to this blog. Thank you so much theepowerofgood for helping with some of the unknown bird identifications a few weeks ago! I continue to try to identify the birds that I photographed, but I really appreciate all the help I can get! I spotted this bird on a drizzly morning in downtown Cairns, Australia.
**This bird was identified by theepowerofgood – thank you so much!
The first day that I was in Fiji I noticed some large “bird-like” creatures flying around the hotel area. They looked like bats, but it was not dark, so I didn’t think that bats would be out during daylight hours. Later I found out that they were in fact one of the largest bats in the world, also known as a fruit bat, or flying fox. One of the locals showed me where they roost and I have enjoyed watching them each day. The two birds were evening visitors to a berry tree near the dock. They only stopped by as the sun was going down.
I am on the last stop of this amazing vacation. Although I have photographed some other creatures, my main focus has been on birds. Hopefully I will see a few more before it is time to come home:)