Category Archives: Wildlife photography

My evening with Rainbow Lorikeets

There were many magical things that I was able to witness while I was holidaying in Australia. The evening I spent watching rainbow lorikeets is one from the top of the list!

I had a free evening to find a place to eat and enjoy a beer. Strolling up to the main area of the town I was staying in, I watched many species of bird coming and going. All clearly heading home for a safe restful night, all calling to each other. Some starting to form flocks.

I chose a bar with outdoor seating, and sat back to enjoy the cool refreshing lager and the ever growing flocks of birds. The main species was rainbow lorikeets. I had come across them before, both earlier in my trip and on a previous visit to Australia (10 years previous). I had quite a fondness for the brightly coloured birds, fantastic characters.

The lorikeet flock grew in numbers, they started flying lower over the main street. With that came the unbelievable noise! It was deafening and amazing! They would circle, coming back over head, with more birds in their group! The locals at the bar didn’t blink an eye, they didn’t even raise an eyebrow to acknowledge the natural spectacle around them! I was in awe.

Still the numbers grew and so did the noise!

Then I spotted a bird that wasn’t like the others, a peregrine falcon! It flew over twice, I didn’t anything in its talons, so I hope all the Lorikeets got home to roost that night!

Once I finished my beer, I headed up the street. Four palms framed the main crossing of the High Street. This was the chosen roost of the hndreds of lorikeets I had been watching, and they were all in those trees. The noise was incredible! They may have been coming into to roost, but the birds were not ready to settle yet. They continued to call and squawk to each other, flitting between the trees for quite some time!

I was able to take some photographs and video to the moment, but it pales in comparison to being there in person! I do hope it gives you an idea of the sights and sounds I saw.

I am so glad I chose that bar, that beer and the seat outside. What I witnessed may not have been anything new to the residence of that small town, but for me, it was a memory to last a life time!

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Australian encounters: Parrots and Kookaburras!

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

As it’s World Parrot Day, I thought I would share with you the photographs of some parrot species I saw on my holiday. I managed to spy a few more species than I was able to photograph, I was most excited to see a King Parrot even if it was only for a split second! I have also included a short video of a pair of noisy but charming Little Corellas!

I have included some photographs of kookaburras because they are as iconic as the beautiful and colourful parrots of Australia!

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Australian encounters: Water birds

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

During my trip I was never far from water, I stayed near the Manning River and a lagoon! I also visited many beaches, ports and harbours. Along the way I saw some spectacular birds; gulls, terns, cormorants, pelicans to name a few.

I thought I would share some of these photos with you here today. You may notice, I do have a particular fondness for Silver Gulls!

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Australian encounters: Beetles

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today it is the turn of the beautiful beetles! Shining gems of the insect world! Only a few photographed (and one was a ladybird!), but they are a gorgeous group of insects!

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Australian Raven versus a crisp packet!

If you have seen my recent blogs you will know I am sharing the wildlife experiences I had during my holiday in Australia

One of my favourite moments happened while enjoying a cuppa at a cafe in the suburbs of Sydney. I watched this plucky Raven battle with a crisp packet. It didn’t care that I was sat at the table opposite, it had a challenge! The Raven put the packet of Twisties Cheese on the table and preceded to try and get at the food inside. The table was squeaky clean with no grip, the packet slid all over the place! Once a crisp was finally plucked from the packet, the Raven had another challenge! The bird stepped onto the snack so it could be pecked at, and the crisp shifted under the bird’s weight. Finally the Raven gained balance and control of the situation. It stood defiantly pecking at its lunch, enjoying some well earned fast food. I have never seen a bird work so hard and look so proud at defeating a packet of crisps!

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Australian encounters: Mammals and marsupials!

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today I am sharing with you the photos I took of the mammals and marsupials I was lucky enough to see on my holiday! I have also put together a video of the flying foxes I was thrilled to see.

I have previously posted a blog about my visit to a nature reserve in Wingham, roosting site for 3 different species of flying foxes. If you want to check it out, please click HERE!

One marsupial I haven’t included here is the koala, I may not have seen one in the wild but I did visit the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie. That will be a future blog

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Australian encounters: Spiders

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today it is the turn of the spiders! Now I’m sure there are a few people who are a little concerned, not everyone is a fan of spiders and there are certainly some Australian spiders are not to be messed with. I can assure you, with a long lens and a careful respect of space, you can still enjoy these stunning creatures and stay safe! … An ID book also reassures!

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Australian encounters: Lizards!

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today I would like to share with you the photos I took of lizards! I had one night in a motel where I saw the geckos, I feel very fortunate to have seen them. I don’t think the geckos felt the same way as they seemed very shy! I didn’t watch them for long. I am pleased to say that the other species of lizards were very happy to pose both proudly and statue still!

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Australian encounters: Pigeons!

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today I want share the photos of the different species of pigeons I saw! I do love pigeons, I think they are very unappreciated! I have a particular fondness for the crested pigeon, as it has rather cool punk look about it!

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Australian encounters: Bees

On my holiday to Australia in February, I had the good fortune to be able to photograph many different species of wildlife. The colourful and often noisy birds, cute mammals, fascinating lizards and the many species of gorgeous insects I encountered will, I hope, all be blogged about in the near future.

Today it is the turn of the busy bees! I only managed to photograph a few individuals, and I wish I had seen a few more. I do marvel at how different these beautiful species look.

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