Today i called into one of my favourite waterholes before work and was fortunate enough to capture this lovely image of red and yellow-headed (or should that be orange-headed?) gouldian finches at the waters edge.
i also took delivery of my new canon r5 camera on friday and have been testing it out over the last 3 days. i have found that the animal (bird)focus works very well on larger birds but did struggle when confronted with hundreds of small finches drinking. the camera did lock onto some finches eyes but jumped around a bit given it had so many sets of eyes to try and focus on! on single finches it worked very well unless the bird turned its head away from the camera. what i enjoyed most was the 4k video at 100 frames per second creating gorgeous slow motion. the footage looks quite incredible as hundreds of finches come into land and take off again in slow motion. lots more testing to do, but that is a few of my initial observations. the above image was taken on a sony a7r4 as i was shooting video on the canon at the time
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Shooting towards the neighborhood park that is behind our house. the huge grassed field gives this incredible bokeh.
Happy wrensday ❤️🖤 here's a little pop of colour to brighten your day. red-backed fairy-wrens are the smallest fairy-wrens and are found in grassland habitats, close to rivers and coastal areas along the northern and eastern coastlines. this exquisitely coloured male popped out into the open just a few seconds whilst i was up near wyndham recently. we often heard them and saw quite a few females, non-breeding males and young birds, which lack the colouration of the dominant male. their glossy black feathers contrasting with bright red on the back and r**p make them quite the sight to behold.
Which do you prefer?
i don't heavily edit my images to set the bird apart from background as i prefer to leave a sense of the environment of the bird in the shot. but many people like a "clean" look in their bird photos. for fun i decided to play with this one.
stork-billed kingfisher at ranganathittu bird sanctuary
india is fortunate to have most beautiful 9 species of hornbills, surely a blessing of nature. each time you confront them in the wild, that will be a unforgettable experience. rufous-necked is vulnerable according bro iucn red list and their population is decreasing. male with a bushy crest, rufous on neck & breast, female is all black except for white winged tips & white terminal half of tail. this hornbill can be seen merely few pockets of eastern india, mainly himalayan foothills, eastwards to arunachal pradesh, in tall evergreen forest. they mainly live in pairs, create an ever lasting bond between male and female. before mating, they express love for each other by touching their long beaks, an extraordinary moment indeed. nesting season is april-may. the usual hornbill nest in the hollow of a lofty tree. after completion of mating, female protect her and eggs in the nest and never come out until the chicks become full grown. male have all the responsibility to collect food as well as protecting the nest. as extraordinary circle of life indeed.
those who hear the melodious calls of the indian scimitar babbler would definitely love to see it just for the beauty of the bird, and also the synchronised calls between the male and the female. but, being the skulkers they are, that's easier said than done.