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    • For those that have came across my work on many of the various social media networks or my own website, you’ll know I spend a lot of time shooting the my local Botanic Gardens, The Australian Botanic Gardens, Thee gardens are the largest Botanic Gardens in the Southern Hemisphere, there is 12 Km of roads in the gardens, various set gardens and some natural Australian Bushland. The gardens are only ten minutes drive from my home and I can actually see them from my home. Over the last few years I’ve been heading out to the gardens most weekends for a few hours to practice my photography, mainly shooting Mushrooms and birds but anything else as well. This Conversation I’ll be showing of the birds of the Botanic Gardens, there are currently listed 184 different Bird Species known to visit the gardens, as of today I’m managed to only shoot 124 of them so a few more trips there to go yet. Over the years I’ve become know in the gardens and these days run photography workshops in the gardens for the gardens. But enough of an introduction about me for now, lets get on with the Birds of the Australian Botanic Gardens. Starting of with a juvenile Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)

    • Next up a Golden-headed Cisticola (Cisricola exilis) These live in the grass lands of the gardens and can he heard calling out in the grass to each other.

    • This pair or Welcome Swallows (Hiruundo neoxena) were having a dog fight over one of the lakes in teh gardens right on sun set so the nice golden coulours in the lake. If any ones ever tried to get a shot of a bird in flight, wait till you try and get the erratic swallows, not only are they fast but erratic is an understatment, then try and get two in the same frame. Was my lucky day this day.

    • Wow that's beautiful, Glenn. I know how impossible it is to get a shot of swallows like that.

      I asked Wikipedia about Australian Botanic Gardens and it came back with a mind-blowing list of gardens in Oz. I've been to the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney and they were incredible. If you can produce the shots you do with ordinary mushrooms in your lawn, I can't imagine what you can do with all the strange Australian fauna you have unfair access to. 😎

    • Yes Chris these gardens are amazing just an hours train ride from the Sydney Gardens, locates Southwest of Sydney. Unlike the Sydney gardens, which are mainly manicured gardens, these ones have both set gardens and natural bushland. It’s the natural bushland that brings the native wild animals, so yes I have the advantage of being able to shoot these guys in the wild ten minutes from home. I go there nearly every weekend as I’ve still got 40 odd bird species to shoot there yet and always manage to find a new angle for something there. Get a load of the Claws on this fella, they can make a real mess of you if they want to.

    • Back with the Birds of the Australian Botanic Gardens this time two Long-billed Corella
      (Cacatua tenuirostris) looking out of their hollow. Liking the ability to view larger images by double clicking on them here. Nice.

    • A Rainbow Lorrikeet feeding on the gass tree spike in the Australian Botanic Gardens. There are plenty of wild ones of these about in fact we have a small flock of about thirty each morning come in for their breakfast, which consists of powered lorikeet mix, no mild or hot water.

    • Great collection of shots there. Some ties the places close to home are best, Most of my shots are taken in the local Botanci Gardens, only ten minutes drive from my place, Wild life, plants and natural bushland, Been going there nearly everyweekend for years now and still ahvn;t got it all. I've never made it to the USA as yet, Chile and Brazil are the closest I've came both work trips from a past job, But if I ever do get over that way, I'll let you know and we'll see if timing works out, thanks. Same offer this end if you ever head back down here.

    • Australasian Grebe (Tachyhbabtus novaehollandiae in a small creek in the Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan. Always helps to get low for theses ones.

    • A pair of Pink eared ducks on one of the lakes within the Australian Botanic Gardens, one of the prettier ducks in the gardens, not that common in the gardens but the drought down here a few different birds have been coming out of late.

    • Inquisitive Brown Thornbill (Acanthiza pusilla) trying to work out just what I'm pointing at it in the Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan, South West of Sydney.

    • Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) Often mistaken as part of the owl family, though it is nocturnal its not an actual Owl, there are several groups of these in the Australian Botanic Gardens and there favouite trick during the day is to look like tree branches, they ususally pose with their head in the air and look like a broken off branch. Once they pull that trick they are hard to spot, theres a pair nesting in the gardens now and even when people know what branch of a tree they are in, you often see them trying to find them and at tiems walk away thinking there not there. You can see from the textures of its feathers how well it blends into the tree its in.

    • One of the smaller birds in the Australian Botanic Gardens, Mount Annan is the little Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) not the smallest but not far off it. This image I've had printed large and hangs on a wall of my mother's house, the walls of the room are similar green to the background so suits this shot well, small square black frame with white mat. Image is printed at A2 size so a decent sized print. You can see all the feather details at that size. Always good to see images printed, I print one image each night usually A4 size or greater. Still amazed seeing the prints come out of the printer, but not quite the same effect as it was watching prints develop in the trays in Mothers laundry when we converted it to a darkroom at night, just a few years ago, more than I can to remember.

    • Just a bit of ink, but it’s a big A2 printer so the ink tanks are reasonable large, but still goes through a few, not a cheap hobbies in one way but cheaper than getting them printed outside, the issue with large printers is they are designed to be used so you really need to print daily to keep them running their best, but the results from this one are stunning to me, The Mushroom shot from the weekend with the green gels seems to glow when held at the right angle under light.

    • Agree much cheaper printing your own. My dad was a keen photographer starting with a box brownie , he too used to develop the images himself in a make make shift dark room.

      I would love to have a printer that prints on fabric, but alas out of my price range at this stage

      Have a good night editing and writing. xoxo . Time for me to catch some zzzz