AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE BIRD – my practice shots

He's not as well-known as the kookaburra or the emu, but very well-liked.

The Superb Fairy-wren. He’s not as well-known as the kookaburra or the emu, but he’s very well liked. In a recent survey of 8000 bird lovers, he was the favourite. I say ‘he’, because this is a male.

Mevrouw T and I have signed on for a wildlife cruise around the Scottish island of Mull, once the weather improves in May. Puffins, otters, eagles, maybe peregrine falcons and dolphins too.

It sounds excellent, so I’ve decided to use it as an excuse to practise my wildlife photography. Armed with yet another new longish camera lens (Canon 70-300mm this time) I set off around Sydney’s Cooks River, just a couple of kms south of Casa Tulloch, to shoot the wildlife there.

I mustn’t let familiarity breed contempt – these shots are all of very common birds in Sydney, but no less interesting for that.

White-faced hero. From his fluffy feathers and lack of a white stripe through his eye, I'm guessing this is a young one.

White-faced heron. From his fluffy feathers and lack of a white stripe through his eye, I’m guessing this is a young one.

The Noisy Mynah is one of the most common birds in our area. He's a native, cheeky and energetic, punching above his weight. The avian equivalent of a Jack Russell.

The Noisy Mynah is one of the most common birds in our area. He’s a native, cheeky and energetic, punching above his weight. The avian equivalent of a Jack Russell.

White Ibis; ugly, noisy and spreaders and eaters of garbage. Yet they can almost look noble.

White Ibis; ugly, smelly and spreaders and eaters of garbage. Yet they can almost look noble.

Crested pigeons are also indigenous, smaller and more gentle than the introduced feral pigeons. If these two lovebirds are anything to go by, new crested pigeons will soon be on the way.

Crested pigeons are also indigenous, smaller and more gentle than the introduced feral pigeons. If these two lovebirds are anything to go by, new crested pigeons will soon be on the way.

Superb Fairy-wren again. Another young one, I think, without full blue breeding plumage.

Superb Fairy-wren again. Another young one, I think, without full blue breeding plumage.

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18 responses to “AUSTRALIA’S FAVOURITE BIRD – my practice shots

  1. Caroline

    Beautiful! And enjoy Mull too.

  2. You had better put National Geographic Magazine on stand-by Richard!

  3. Colleen Collins

    Great shots, Richard. I always have trouble photographing the Fairy wrens as they flit around amongst the bushes – rarely staying still for long.

  4. Wonderful shots of wonderful birds!

  5. Great shots, Richard! I’m impressed.

  6. We’ll be in Sydney in a few months and look forward to bird watching there. These may be common birds to you but are quite exotic to us! Beautiful photos and descriptions!

  7. Beautiful shots…. I know, how hard it is to get decent bird images. Nice work :)

  8. But, under a hedge, by a flowering peach,
    A youth with a little blue wren held speech.
    With his back to a tree and his feet in the grass,
    He watched the thistle-down drift and pass,
    And the cloud-puffs, borne on a lazy breeze,
    Move by on their errand, above the trees,
    Into the vault of the mysteries.

    “Now, teach me, little blue wren,” said he.
    “‘Tis you can unravel this riddle for me.
    I am ‘mazed by the gifts of this kindly earth.
    Which of them all has the greatest worth?”
    He flirted his tail as he answered then.
    He bobbed and he bowed to his coy little hen:
    “Why, sunlight and worms!” cried the little blue wren.

    Excerpt from “The Glugs of Gosh” (final two verses, “The Growth of Sym”), by C. J. Dennis.

  9. These are fabulous bird photos and the Fairy wren is such a cute little thing, you’ve captured the plumage on that heron beautifully.

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