Archive for January, 2009

Taronga Zoo

Headed out to Taronga Zoo for the day today – my first time with the new lens, I was keen to give it a good workout.

Was a great day – nice weather – and I managed to get some great shots, especially at the Free Flight Bird Show.

Himalayan Tahr - Taronga Zoo, best seat in the house

Himalayan Tahr - Taronga Zoo, best seat in the house

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - Free Flight Bird Show - Taronga Zoo

Red-tailed Black Cockatoo - Free Flight Bird Show - Taronga Zoo

Wedge Tailed Eagle - Free Flight Bird Show - Taronga Zoo

Wedge Tailed Eagle - Free Flight Bird Show - Taronga Zoo

Fennec Fox - Taronga Zoo

Fennec Fox - Taronga Zoo

As usual, I have uploaded other photos to the Taronga Zoo Photo Gallery on ZooChat.

Dragonfly

Another walk through Munro Park – this time it was a particularly pretty dragonfly I came across on the walk. He sat still long enough for me to get a couple of good photos of him.

Dragonfly

Dragonfly

Tawny Frogmouth

Went for a walk through Munro Park today, a few birds around (mostly the large family of Superb Fairy Wrens that I always see on this walk), but not much excitement really.

That was until I was heading back to the car, something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye – I looked up to see a large Tawny Frogmouth nestled on a tree branch, looking all fluffy and comfortable. I’ve always liked these birds – ever since we used to go “hunting” them (with a torch) at night when camping – going only by the sound of their call and then trying to work out whether it was a bird we were looking at or just a tree branch.

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

As I got closer to try and get a better shot – he decided he would try and “hide” by turning into a branch – something they generally are very very good at.

Two problems for this guy – I already knew where he was (he didn’t actually move), and he chose a dark coloured tree which he stood out against pretty well. If it were a gum tree he probably would have just about disappeared – I’ve seen them being very tree-like before.

Tawny Frogmouth becoming "one" with the tree

Tawny Frogmouth trying to be tree-like

I could see him watching me out of a narrowly slitted eye, and after about five minutes of me wondering around taking photos, he largely gave up trying to be inconspicuous, but didn’t actually move. I left him to go back to sleep and headed home.