Thursday, 23 October 2014

Common Brushtail Possum

More wildlife from my back garden!

This is a Brushtail Possum, a common night time visitor to our garden.  This picture was taken  few week ago and our trees now have more leaves - but that can all change very quickly with these cat sized beasts about.

If ever there was an animal I would like to keep out of my vegetable path it would be this one!

You can find more animals from around the world at Saturday's Critters.

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 119 - Australian Magpie

I have posted images of this rather splendid bird before - but not images like this.

This bird is one of a pair that has raised three young in the oak tree in the garden behind our house.  The young are now fledged and spend most of the day noisily demanding food from the hard pressed parents.

My daughter, P, has taken a bit of a liking to this family and feeds them any meaty scraps we may have.  It took the birds about a day to work out they were on to a good thing!

These pictures were taken by putting a camera on a bean bag, pre-focusing the lens and then using a remote release.  Having said that, I still only a couple of meters from the birds at the time each photograph was taken.  Live view on the LCD and a 'quiet' shutter release setting also help things along.

These bird make a wonderful fluting call - my next project will be to video this.

For the taxonomically minded, this bird is known as Cracticus tibbicen (although this is a recent change of genus from Gymnorhina) which refers pipers or flute players.

There are times when I think the Magpie may have been the model for a number of 'angry birds'!

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

The Things They Left Behind 2: Camberwell Bank Facade

There must be a story here - this building has looked like this for at least 15 years.

Well, what do you think?

More pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.  SM

Sunday, 19 October 2014


Just a quick post today.

When we were in the Grampians in was peak sundew season.  I've always had an interest in these carnivorous plants - plants that eat animals, what's not to like!

I notice the way the sun was catching this plant and got low down to shoot it.

You can find more macro shots at Macro Monday2 and I Heart Macro.