Blue Skies of a Winter August

Black-shouldered Kite

Gowrie Junction, Queensland, Australia

August, 2015

(Above and below)

Here are some pics from a couple of outings with Kevin Williams in the second week of August. The mornings were cold but the sky was blue and incredibly clear. The days warmed up and were very comfortable. I certainly wasn't bored with beautiful birds everywhere. 

These pics were with the Nikon D7100 and Nikkor AF-S 80-400mm VR. I think they are nice and clear but I was having trouble framing them with a smaller viewfinder than the D800 and I kept chopping off the bird's wings when they flew... It was the first real run I've had with the camera since I got it. On other days I felt birds in Australia were too far away with the full-framed D800...

Getting back to the birds....aren't Black-shouldered Kites just superb up against the blue?

Thanks for the outings, Kevin!

Australian Kestrel also known as Nankeen Kestrel

Oakey, Queensland, Australia

Black-shouldered Kite

Gowrie Junction, Queensland, Australia

and below..

Black Falcon

Toowoomba tip, Queensland, Australia

and below...

Black Kite

Toowoomba tip, Queensland, Australia

and below..


Toowoomba tip, Queensland, Australia

Australian Nankeen Kestrel

Australian Nankeen Kestrel female

Darling Downs near Kingsthorpe, Queensland, Australia

March 28, 2013

These pictures were taken on a drive with Kevin Williams back in March.

My first field guide when I was a kid called these Nankeen Kestrels, then my next books labelled them as Australian Kestrels, (which I got use to saying) and now my new apps and books have it again as Nankeen. I usually just call them kestrels when I'm in Australia. It just gets confusing when I want to set them apart from Common Kestrels in Japan, or should I say, Eurasian Kestrels?

Kestrel on a Fence

Australian Kestrel

Toowoomba Cemetery, Queensland, Australia

1989 (?)

 These are old photographs, I think from 1989. (It was 80s anyhow). They were taken with Kodak 1000 ASA print film using my Pentax K1000 and Sigma 70-250mm lens. (I used to call ISO, "ASA"!) 

Pretty grainy huh? I remember I was happy with the top photo and decided to go back to get more shots of the fence. Surprise, surprise when I got back there and found the old fence had been replaced with an shiny new steel and wire one. Pretty lucky to get the shots that I did. I wonder how old the fence was?

End of Year Birds 2010

 Peregrine Falcon

Had a nice outing with Michael Atzeni this morning. The highlight was the above Peregrine attacking a kestrel at Gowrie Junction. It happened very quickly as they appeared and scooted up and down and around before disappearing. I only got one shot. It would have been good to get both birds in the frame but I was too slow.

Australian Kestrel

We found plenty of kestrels around Oakey.

(Above and below) Plum-headed Finch near Jondaryan.

Zebra Finch