Song Thrush with Chicks

Song Thrush with Chicks

A couple of months ago, I noticed twigs near the front door of my flat. Living on the 5th floor, these twigs were down the stairs as well. After about a week, noticing a few more each day, a nest appeared near the lift. It was on top of an electrical circuit box, about 5 feet from my front door. One weekend someone must have seen the mess and had taped the nest together. To my amazement the bird stayed. A couple of weeks ago, I noticed that there were chicks.

Obviously, it was camera time. Being in a shaded corner near the lift I had to wait for a sunny day. Next, knowing that the mother would fly away as soon as I opened my door, I propped the door open and waited. It took about five attempts to get this shoot. After a couple of disturbances to the bird, the camera went away for the day, so as not to disturb the chicks too much. So far, I have only counted two chicks. I am sure any day now they will leave the nest.

Greater Flamingo

Greater Flamingo

Flamingos are fairly strange looking birds. They look quite unstable with there long legs as they wade through the water. This bird was photographed in the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. The park had dozens of these large creatures. Looking down on the bird from a distance meant I was able to isolate him from his friends, giving a plain and un-distracting background. In my opinion the fish you can see in the water are what make this photograph a little special.

Yellow-billed Stork

Yellow-billed Stork

Normally found in the wilds of Madagascar and the south Sahara. I came across this stork in Kuala Lumpur Bird Park. At about a metre high, he was one of the easier birds to photograph. Home to over 3000 birds, the challenge was getting a good background, and of course coping with the heat and humidity. The other issue is contrast. With all white birds, cameras find it difficult to record what it sees as a thin, white subject on a relatively dark background.

Australasian Gannets in flight

Australasian Gannets in flight

Less than an hours drive west of Auckland is Muriwai. Just off the coast is Motutara Island, home to hundreds of Australasian Gannets. It has been a few years since I tried to photograph birds in flight. It was much harder to get sharp images than I remember. This vantage point from the mainland looks down on the birds giving an unusual angle. It also helped that from this viewpoint the background was a rather choppy, Tasman Sea.