FINDING BIRDS AROUND ALICE SPRINGS. Alice Spring is a mecca for wildlife, most sites are within a day trip of the city, here are just a few. (Photo left to right – Inland Dotterel, Letter-winged Kite, Crimson Chat, Australian Ringneck Parrot) ALICE SPRINGS WEATHER Located just South of the Tropic of Capricorn the town of Alice Springs straddles the usually dry Todd River on the northern side of the MacDonnell Ranges. Alice Springs is located in Central Australia, also known as the Red..
FINDING BIRDS AROUND DARWIN. We’re fortunate enough here in Darwin to have so many amazing places to see wildlife, most within 100 kms of the city, here are just a few. (Photo left to right – Azure Kingfisher, Leaden Flycatcher (Female), Black-tailed Tree-creeper, Emerald Dove) DARWIN’S WEATHER Darwin has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons and the average maximum temperature is remarkably similar all year round. The dry season runs from about May to September,..
GUIDE TO FINDING BIRDS IN KAKADU NATIONAL PARK, NT (Photo left to right – Blue-winged Kookaburra, Partridge Pigeon, Red Goshawk & Varied Sittella ABOUT KAKADU NATIONAL PARK Kakadu National Park is a protected area about 170 km East of Darwin in the Northern Territory. The park covers an area of 19,804 km2 (7,646 sq mi), extending nearly 200 kilometers from north to south and over 100 kilometers from east to west. It is about one-third the size of Tasmania, or nearly half the size of..
GUIDE TO FINDING BIRDS AROUND KATHERINE & THE VICTORIA RIVER DISTRICTS, NT (Photo from left to right – Northern Shrike-Tit, Diamond Dove, Gouldian Finch & Hooded Parrot) The Victoria River and Katherine Regions have to be a couple of my favorite places to go birding. Any free time I get I find my self making the 500 km journey from Darwin to explore this area. Another great reason to head this way is there is the AMAZING fishing to be be had at Victoria River. This fills in the hottest..
GUIDE TO FINDING BIRDS AROUND CAIRNS Cairns, in Queensland’s far north, is one of the world’s premier birding hot spots. With over 400 species to be seen within a 200 km radius of the city there are plenty of opportunities to find birds to photograph. (Photo left to right – Blue-faced Parrot Finch, Buff-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Golden Bowerbird, Noisy Pitta) NORTHERN QUEENSLAND ENDEMIC BIRDS; Tooth-billed Bowerbird, Golden Bowerbird, Victoria’s Riflebird, Sooty Owl (Lesser), Bridled &..
Tiritiri Matangi – Birding Paradise Back in December 2013 I was told of an island just off the coast of Auckland that I just had to visit as a birding enthusiast. The island is Tiritiri Matangi which in Maori means “Tossed by the wind” but to the locals it’s just Tiri. Back in December 2013 I was told of an island just off the coast of Auckland that I just had to visit as a birding enthusiast. The island is Tiritiri Matangi which in Maori means “Tossed by the wind” but to the locals it’s..
Black Grasswren – Darwin to Mitchell Plateau, WA (13th – 20th of September 2015) Black Grasswren; not sure if I’m the only crazy person that plans a 3000 km + cross-country round trip to the middle of no-where to maybe see a small black bird that most people have never even heard of but hey we’re always up for an adventure. Generally people are smart enough to hire a helicopter to try to find them but that sounds way too easy. We planned 8 days off in the middle of September 2015, this is..
Tandayapa Bird Lodge & Surrounds 29/09/14 – 08/09/14 When I meet Iain Campbell of Tropical Birding a few years ago he told me about his birding lodge in the Tandayapa Valley in Ecuador and that it was famous for its Hummingbirds, I told him if we ever found ourselves in Ecuador we would be sure to check it out. Lucky for us while on our travels through South American the opportunity came up to visit, we were both very keen not only for the opportunity to photograph all these amazing species..
MANU NATIONAL PARK, PERU 14th – 21st September 2014 Manu National Park in Peru has to be high on any wildlife enthusiasts “must visit” lists with over 1 million acres of primary untouched rainforest. With over 1000 species of birds (this is 10% of the total worlds species), over 4000 species of Butterflies, 15 species of Monkey and a stunning array of other fauna and flora which makes this National Park is a very special place indeed. As a wildlife photographer it really doesn’t get much..
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA ROAD TRIP (HOW TO GUIDE) (March 25th 2014 – September 8th 2014) OUR STATS : Miles Travelled 27,000 miles (43,450km’s) National Parks Visited – 28 Nights spent camping – 125 Birds Photographed – 185 Total Animals Photographed – 250 Flat Tyres – 0 States Visited – 20 Tornados Seen – 7 BBQ joints visited – 17 We hadn’t met anyone who had travelled to the USA to do a road trip like we were planning so it was all a learning curve for us. Here is a list of things you..
LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS Ever since I was first shown a photo of a Green Jay I knew I definitely needed to venture down to the southern corner of Texas, known as the Lower Rio Grande Valley. This is also the only place you get to see 20+ species of unique Mexican birds in the United States. My wife Lauren decided that after driving 27,000 miles around the US with me she would be happier to stay at home base in College Station and relax, I was on my own this time. I could’t really blame..
THE GRAND TETON & YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARKS When it came to visiting these two very popular National Parks in Wyoming I was very unsure how much we would enjoy them, from what I had heard they were very busy and the camp grounds crowded. We were actually pleasantly surprised. DAY 1 – We arrived at Grand Teton National Park located in the North Western corner of Wyoming South of Yellowstone, we arrived quite late on a Saturday afternoon so really unsure if we would get a camp spot or..
HOW I TAKE MY LANDSCAPE PHOTOS I have been asked a few times lately how I photograph landscapes and bring out so much amazing colour and light in them, well here is how I do it: (ISO100, F22 @ 1/5 second exposure) Things you need before you start – A sturdy tripod with a bubble level (I use an Induro AT413) A mechanical tripod head (I use a Manfrotto 410) SLR Digital Camera with manual mode (I use a Canon 1DIV) A wide angle lens (I use a Canon 16-35mm F2.8) Photoshop CS6 (But any..
A DAY SLOT CANYONEERING IN UTAH Ever since I saw a photo of a slot canyon I wanted to get in one and photograph it for myself. Due to the well known Antelope Slot Canyon in North Eastern Arizona being run by the native Indians and you have to take a guided tour that was booked up for months we went in search of one elsewhere. An afternoon of googling and I found a target in the direction we were heading, it’s located in Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument. We arrived at the visitor..
ARIZONA – THE WILDLIFE STATE I have to say we really didn’t know what to expect when we came to Arizona but it was one of the states I really wanted to explore. We drove into south Eastern Arizona from New Mexico with no plans but to try and visit the National Parks, Monuments and Wildlife Refuges. The first one we stumbled across was Chiricahua National Monument, this park was located in a valley of a beautiful mountain range in the middle of the desert! We drove in not knowing what wildlife..
Seeing a displaying male Greater Prairie Chicken Most people will say that “if you love birding, seeing a group of displaying male Prairie-chicken’s trying to impress females is a must do in your life time”! At the beginning of this trip I really didn’t think seeing a Prairie-chickens displaying was going to be at all possible, we were going to be chasing storms in the time they display so it just wasn’t going to work. When the storm front went quiet for a week and the temperatures in..
Wichita Mountain Wildlife Reserve, Oklahoma We arrived in the states with no plan in place so when I was told of a “one of a kind” wildlife reserve in Oklahoma, this caught my attention. The park is Wichita Mountains Wildlife Reserve and it is located in South central Oklahoma near Lawton which ended up being a great base for storm chasing! We arrived at the park not sure what to expect. It was a small mountain range that seemed to rise out from nowhere, Oklahoma is mostly great plains and..
Big Bend National Park Our first National Park in the United States, Big Bend NP is located in the very remote SW of the state and not usually a destination on very many travellers itineraries. It was a 1000km drive from our home base in College Station to Big Bend NP. We headed west not really knowing if this long drive was going to be worth the trip but the reviews of the park definitely sounded promising. We didn’t want to travel the whole 1000km’s in the same day so we broke it up with a..
New Zealand Fairy Tern – Sternula nereis davisae The New Zealand Fairy Tern, also known as the tara-iti, is a small Tern which breeds on the lower half of the Northland Peninsula of the North Island of New Zealand . It is the smallest tern breeding in New Zealand and is a subspecies of the Fairy Tern. Breeding is limited to four regular sites: Waipu, Mangawhai, Pakiri and the South Kaipara Head. The wintering range of the birds extends over the Kaipara Harbour. Outside of the breeding season..
Blue duck – Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos Other names: Whio, Mountain duck, Blue mountain duck The Blue Duck or Whio is an iconic species of clear fast-flowing rivers, now mostly confined to high altitude segments of rivers in North and South Island mountain regions. Nowhere common, it lives at low densities and its shrill “whio” whistle above the noise of turbulent waters will usher in a long-remembered encounter. Here’s a quick explanation and map of were I found my Blue duck near..
Bowerbirds of South East Queensland I had a great time in the South East Queensland Mountain ranges looking for two birds on my “must see” list, the Satin Bowerbird and the Regent Bowerbird. Bunya Mountains National Park This was our first stop on our search which is located about 200km north west of Brisbane, QLD Australia, this national park includes much of the Bunya Mountains ranges. You take an extremely steep climb into the park, there are beautiful sweeping views of the valley below..
Ever wanted to know how I take the amazing lightning photos? Read on. The tools of the trade I use Canon Camera’s for all my photography, But any camera is actually able to take photos of lightning. I use ISO 100 for almost all lightning photos. The len’s I use for my lightning photography are my Canon 16-35mm F2.8 and Canon 24-70mm F2.8, But any wide angle lens will do. Despite lightning itself being very bright, the more overall scene light you let in, the better the picture (in most..