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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Highfields Sunset

22 November 2016

Highfields Sunset.... I decided to go and test out my new wide-angle camera lens this afternoon, in a spot that I have noticed the sunset reflecting over two farm dams on the outskirts of Highfields.  Of course things didn't go to plan, with one leg of the tripod seizing on me, so these few practise pics are hand-held.  It is a very pretty spot, albeit a bit inaccessible.  These dams are always home to beautiful waterbirds and while I was taking these photos, Welcome Swallows were ducking and diving for insects over the water, making for a very picturesque evening, despite the traffic zooming past behind me.

J.G.

Highfields Sunset, South-East Qld 22/11/16

Highfields Sunset, South-East Qld 22/11/16

Highfields Sunset, South-East Qld 22/11/16

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Channel-billed Cuckoo's at Cabarlah

7 November 2016

While visiting a friend at Cabarlah, I witnessed two Channel-billed Cuckoo's land high in the tops of the large gum a silky-oak trees on the property.  I have been seeing and hearing these magnificent birds for a few weeks now, predominantly about 5.30 in the morning at our place, flying over-head with crows hot on their tail feathers, making sure they stay away.  My friend said that the Channel-bills have successfully laid their eggs in the Pied Currawong nest over many years at her property and she has witnessed the currawongs feeding these extra large demanding babies.

The photos aren't very clear as I only had my little 'point and shoot' camera which is a little rain damaged on hand, but I couldn't resist trying to capture their majestic stature while stopped for a short while.

J.G.

Channel-billed Cuckoo, Cabarlah 7/11/16

Channel-billed Cuckoo, in a flowering Silky-Oak Tree, Cabarlah 7/11/16