Birds of a Feather
It has been a very different experience for me today. I went out and did nature photography, not something I have done much of before. I was contacted recently by a man called Ted, who had seen my blog and was interested in helping me with my field trips. We met today and he took me out to scout some new places.
It was pretty amazing. We went to a man’s place, Keith, near Birchip who was really happy to show us the Tawny Frogmouth Owl that was nesting in a tree near their house. I haven’t really shot birds before, but hey, I am willing to try.
I don’t really have the right lenses for taking images like this. I used the cheap 70 to 300mm zoom, but it really wasn’t enough. I had to crop the image a lot, and a lot of the images I took were out of focus, it really isn’t a good lens. This bird is a native here in Australia.
The lens was terrible for this. This is a Wedge Tail Eagle and they are very very hard to get close to. I really had to crop this a lot , probably could never print it, but it gives you a better idea. Ted had a great lens for this kind of photography.
The tree on the right, can you see that large bunch in the bare branches, that is the nest for the eagles. It is so big, you can compare the size with the sheep down below. I love this image, very Australian, very Mallee.
It was such an interesting trip. I saw so many places I would like to go back and photograph.
Of course part of the reason for going out to take these images is to find places to take people out to take photos. It is too late to do it this year now, summer is almost here and the Mallee is horrible to take photos in in the summer, too many snakes, and the light is so harsh. Hopefully early next year we can start offering them.
I am out on my own tomorrow, hoping to find some new places.