Australia Zoo

Probably the best Zoo I have ever been too! Enclosures were excellent, staff were super friendly and knowledgeable. It is spread over a huge area with lots to see.

Impromptu Spider # 2!

Always take the opportunities life presents you, such as when a strange spider appears in your kitchen. In this case the white kitchen tiles made a very convenient background and a single flash was used for lighting. Next time I will use an additional flash so there's no shadow though.

After much internet sleuthing and googling this appears to be a Flattie Spider (aka Wall Crab Spider - Selenopidae)

It catches prey with the worlds fastest spinning action! Click Here to see a Nat Geo video of this

Impromptu Photoshoot

I found this Wolf Spider in my bedroom as I was about to go to bed...So before I put it outside and did a quick photoshoot with it :D

These were both taken using the same setup and the only difference being where I placed the flash/softbox. The top image has that reflection of the softbox whilst the lower image it is off to the side.

Yates Springtime at Araluen (aka Araluen Tulip Festival)

I really hate gardening but I love flowers and my most favourite flowers are Tulips!

Araluen have a yearly Tulip festival where they plant a gazillion Tulips in the park!

I dropped in after work last week to check them out and take some happy snaps!

BirdLife WA Calendar

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Every year the BirdLife WA Photography group make a calendar featuring native WA birds with profits aiding the BirdLife WA Australasian Bitterns project.

This year I submitted some photos and one of my photos was chosen!!! Woot woot!! 

They chose my picture of a male Splendid Fairy Wren that was moulting into its breeding plumage. (From the set of photos I took here http://www.rudi.photos/blog/2017/2/22/this-little-wren-was-such-a-good-model)

Calendars can be purchased from the BirdLife WA office in Floreat for $10ea or they can even post them out to you (shipping is a bit extra).

If you would like a calendar contact the BirdLife WA office on 9383 7749 or email wa@birdlife.org.au to place an order!

Secrets at Sunrise - A Documentary about the almost EXTINCT Western Ground Parrot

http://www.secretsatsunrise.com/

I went to the screening of this documentary last night at the Perth Zoo. It is about the Western Ground Parrot, of which there are less than 150 left in the whole world!

Their reduced numbers are mainly attributed to massive habitat loss through historical land clearing and then more recently they were severely impacted by two bushfires that reduced their habitat down to about 10% of it's original size. Other threats also include feral cat and fox predation.

The documentary is excellent and details the severity of the issues facing the continued survival of the Western Ground Parrot and the recovery efforts currently underway. (Warning: Some parts of the documentary was very sad :'( ). 

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is leading the recovery project and it is being overseen by the South Coast Threatened Birds Recovery Team. (The recovery plan is detailed here http://www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/images/documents/plants-animals/threatened-species/recovery_plans/southcoastbirds_recovery_plan_44.pdf)

A major contributor to the recovery actions is the community group "Friends of the Western Ground Parrot" they are currently fundraising to enable collection of more breeding pairs for the captive breeding program at Perth Zoo. To donate please visit their site http://www.western-ground-parrot.org.au/.

Perth Zoo are also fundraising to they can build better aviaries for the breeding program (https://perthzoo.wa.gov.au/western-ground-parrot-breeding-program). The Zoo will also be hosting another screening/fundraising day on the 17th September 2017 so keep an eye out for that!

With everyone's help we can ave the Western Ground Parrot from extinction!

Crazy O'Clock Photography

The crazy things you do to get a different picture, like get up at 0330 on a Saturday morning, then drive for an hour and spend about an hour taking photos only for the clouds to roll in and hide the stars :(

Once the clouds/fog rolled in I changed the view a bit by raising the camera up and point it down so the sky was barely visible in the frame. Once I got the image into lightroom I didn't like how the colours looked so I processed this image in B&W for something a little different

Perth Zoo / Ocean Reef / Burns Beach

There was a BirdLife Photography excursion held at Perth Zoo from 0900Hr and I planned to get to South Perth a bit earlier so I could get breakfast first...but sleeping in felt so good hahah. So I ended up having a toastie and coffee from Bean Thru instead, soo goood!! 

The photogroup excursions are a little different to the other excursions in that we don't do a species count but instead we have coffee/cake and discuss camera equipment :D This suits me greatly hehehe

Obviously this isn't "Wildlife" photography but I do like going to the zoo to practice and experiment with camera settings etc. (The penguins are also very cute hehe). I've basically just put the pictures into chronological order.

For those that made it this far, you may have noticed that there were no bird pics until towards the end, we kind of distracted by the other animals and didn't think to find the birds until after morning tea hahahaha

After the zoo I decided to go to Ocean Reef because people have seen White Winged Wrens there and I wanted to try to photograph them, but I didn't see any wrens at all :( I did see a Zorro Honeyeater though, winnnnnnnning! 

By now it was getting close to sunset so I went to Burns Beach for some landscape shots! Still experimenting with these, not sure exactly what I prefer yet.