Saturday, January 31, 2015

Fur Seals II

Painting portraits of humans has a lot in common with portraying mammals, probably because that's what we are.

Fur Seals I

The Brown Fur Seal is mainly a southwest African species but some colonies thrive in the Bass Strait between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. We took a safari trip to the Seal Rocks off Phillip Island and found a few thousand of these agile water acrobats.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bridled Terns II

This is how they look with some color on them, chocolate brown and creamy white with more contrasts in their faces. I suppose the mask has something to do with communication but the matt black lores will also reduce the reflections on a sunny day.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Bridled Terns I

We made it to Australia two days delayed but found it to be a beautiful place. One of the highlights were these Bridled Terns that I encountered unexpectedly on Rottnest Island, also known as Wadjemup. I spent an hour watching them as they rested on the cliffs and flew around the cove. They made excellent models showing off in a lot of different positions and lightings and let me come quite close.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

White-cheeked Bulbul

Our trip to Australia got an unexpected start. A Russian military aircraft with the transponders turned off nearly collided with a commercial passenger jet above southern Sweden. All the take-offs in Copenhagen were postponed, so we missed our connection in Dubai. Emirates rebooked us and invited us to stay in a five-star hotel for two nights while waiting for our new flight to Melbourne. That way I got a few hours' birding in the gardens and car parks around the Arabian Park Hotel. Morcombe's Field Guide to Australian Birds was of little help, so I was back at the virgin birding of my teens, the joys of discovery absorbing me completely.