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Christmas Eve last year:

Went outside my parents' house and heard a bird call that didn't fit. Took me a minute to realise that it was a yellow-tailed black cockatoo call. Not something I normally hear/see near my parents' house in Australia. Quickly grabbed my sis' camera with her awesome zoom lens to get photos, as the two cockatoos were pretty high in the banksia (I think) tree.


Black Cockatoo nomming on a banksia nut, beak on to the camera


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Proud of these. Two pictures of a yellow and black Tau Emerald dragonfly perching on a plant, the first from the back, the second side on.


Below the cut as they're both pretty big )
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Just down from my parents' house, in semi-rural NSW.

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20150126 09 Mistletoe

Stalked mistletoe (Amyema miquellii) on a local eucalypt. This mistletoe is native to Australia and its long, thin leaves mimic many types of eucalypts. The photo was taken back in January, while it was still summer in this hemisphere.

Adult orange parasite wasp )
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Cow, probably a Hereford, with Cattle Egrets (along Repentance Creek Road near Goonengerry).

A few more pictures )

And because someone was admiring them, chikkins:



As with last time, these are selected from a wider range I post at [tumblr.com profile] speculumannorum / [syndicated profile] speculumannorum_feed
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Close-up of an Ironbark trunk, at Minyon Grass in the Nightcap National Park.

More images hereunder )

Photos selected from those I've been posting at [tumblr.com profile] speculumannorum / [syndicated profile] speculumannorum_feed. All tree identification is extremely suspect.
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Taken earlier this week in my garden, Canberra, Australia. Not sure of the exact identification.
In case anybody is a bit insect-phobic, photos under the cut.
Photos under the cut )
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There was some courting behaviour going on on Sunday in the garden of the place I'm renting. They're the Orchard Swallowtail butterfly. The female is the one sitting on the leaf. There were 3 males in total at one point!

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10 photos )
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~ 2 am, approximately the end of totality. Taken through a 12 inch telescope. A panorama of two shots.
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Australian Emperor, 7 Nov 2011, Sydney

Taken at my uni with my new DSLR. With my old camera it was almost impossible to get a somewhat decent shot of these dragonflies as they never seem to land. With my new camera using the telephoto lens and manual focus, I can get some decent shots. This was the crispest shot I got in the air. My first dragonfly/damselfly forage for the summer at my uni's lake.

Shot below the cut )

Hilda's Lookout, Blue Mountains, 17 Sep 2011

Below the cut )

Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet, Canberra, 15 Oct 2011

Taken at a walk in aviary using my telephoto lens.

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Everglades Gardens, Blue Mountains, NSW, 19 Sep 2011

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Some of these were taken with my new Canon DSLR (yay for finally having a DSLR!), others with my higher end Olympus point and shoot.

Below the cut )
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Echo Point, Blue Mountains, Australia. 4 Jul 2011.

Another from the rainy day.

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Yesterday I went to the Blue Mountains. It was rainy, but, it resulted in some pretty awesome views...

View from a lookout at Wentworth Falls


Larger version )
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First lot of photos (other than the panoramas) from my visit to Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens a couple of weeks ago. Loved the autumn colours.
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I visited Mt Tomah Botanical Gardens (near the Blue Mountains in NSW, Australia) a few weeks ago to try to photograph the autumn colours. It was a cold day, but beautiful. So very very beautiful. Here's 3 large panoramas. 800 pixel wide versions, then the larger versions.

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I've kept on forgetting to post to here/not had enough time to, so here's a backlog of a lot of photos. All 800 pixels wide. Australia.

Dragonflies and damselflies )

Other photos )
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I'm posting this separately, because it's a large panorama.

Late December, a friend and I had an absolutely and utterly lovely day in the Blue Mountains (Sydney, Australia)--lunch at Wentworth Falls at the old post office, then we did one of the walks at Wentworth Falls. After that we drove to Katoomba to Echo Point (where you can see the Three Sisters). The amount of tourists at Echo Point was phenomenal. And finally, after that, we went back to Leura and did the walk to Leura Cascades. It was wonderful, relaxing and although it was pretty warm and sticky, it was worth it.

There were a lot of birds about, including a white browed scrub wren which completely ignored how close we were to it, giving me a chance to get some photos. Apparently they are fearless little birds! There were also a lot of butterflies out in the Blue Mountains, when you were driving you could see them everywhere, particularly white ones. Of course, never got a chance to take any photos.

Anyway, this is part of what we got to see--the view from Echo Point. The Three Sisters are at the left and on the right is 'Scenic World' where you can go down the railway down the side of the mountain, get a cable car across a valley, or get one down the side of the mountain. Freaky!

800 pixel wide version )

Large version )
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A number of photos below the cut, with some commentary. In particular, my university's lake is teeming with dragonflies and damselflies at the moment, and I've been lucky to get some awesome photos.

Kata Tjuta )

White-browed scrub wren )

Wentworth Falls )

Dragonflies and Damselflies )
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My Mum spotted this in the garden the other day. Took awhile online to identify it, but it's a Botany Bay Weevil, which was apparently the first Australian insect to be scientifically described.

It looks rather ordinary from above, but from the side...

5 photos below the cut )

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