Cockatoos

Watching the sunset

Watching the sunset

I think you either like Cockatoos or you don’t. They are a very common Australian bird and can be rather cheeky and a little noisey at times. I for one really like them. I think they have allot of character and I like their cheeky side too. They also do make a pretty easy target if you’re trying to capture them in a photo as well. Over the years I have managed to take quite a few shots, especially of the sulphur crested Cockatoo, which is very common species throughout the Blue Mountains where I live.

I’m really looking forward to getting some shots of the majestic black cockatoo in time as well. They have proven to be much more elusive to get a really top notch photo of. I have come very close on a number of occasions whilst trying to stalk them through the bush, but alas I’ll have to keep trying to get the really great shot that I feel does justice to this beautiful bird…

I hope you’re well and enjoying some time in the beautiful outdoors, cheers ben

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Cockatoo in afternoon light

Cockatoo in afternoon light

a heated debate amongst friends

a heated debate amongst friends

basking in light

basking in light

getting a portrait done

getting a portrait done

soaking in some sun

soaking in some sun

in the dark

in the dark

abstract view

abstract view

taking a breather

taking a breather

snuck up behind me

snuck up behind me

"I said your a... *%^@

“I said, its a bit noisey isn’t it”.

catch ya later

catch ya later

flying by katoomba falls

flying by katoomba falls

taking in the view

taking in the view

taking off

taking off

friendly visitor

friendly visitor

sitting out the rain

sitting out the rain

shy

shy

flap flap

flap flap

touchdown

touchdown

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Cicadas

Cicada shells in the sun

Cicada shells in the sun

I really thought I’d got my Cicada photos out of my system with the last blog……I guess not. They tell me that every seven or so years we get plague like proportions of these little fellas, and this year is one of them. The warm weather has brought them out of the ground around 3 weeks early, and this year and they are everywhere….I won’t bore you with too many facts this time as you can read them in my last blog. You will find as you look through my photos that I find the shells far more engaging than the actual Cicadas, weird I know. For me I find the skins far more photogenic in nice light than the actual live cicadas, not always but most of the time. So if you’re not overloaded with the noise from the guys at the moment I’m sure my photos might tip you over the edge, lol. Enjoy!

Have a super weekend…

cheers ben

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Cicada madness begins

marching shells

marching shells

cicada glow

cicada glow

soaking up some rays

soaking up some rays

how much further...

how much further…

get in line

get in line

need a shower

need a shower

hatching

hatching

march to the light

march to the light

basking in light

basking in light

broken out

broken out

lef hanging

left hanging

greengrocer

greengrocer

only dirt remains here..

only dirt remains here..

golden glow

golden glow

follow the leader

follow the leader

hanging around

hanging around

old skins

old skins

upclose

upclose

shedding old skin on sunset

shedding old skin on sunset

new life above ground

new life above ground

a bugs life

a bugs life

my old home

my old home

left clinging

left clinging

hey you....come here

hey you….come here

in the forest

in the forest

In the light

In the light

hiding from predators

hiding from predators

blasted by light

blasted by light

under the forest canopy

under the forest canopy

Cicadas-A short but noisey life

Breaking free

Breaking free

Cicadas are one of those things that tell us that summer must be on the way. I was completely amazed the other night when I went outside to see heaps of these little guys struggling to get to higher ground in order to shed their skin. Australia has some 237 species of cicadas and I reckon half of them were on my porch the other night. They live for at least a year underground feeding on sap from roots of trees. Upon emergence you can often hear that distinctive hum(some would call it a great racket) in the air….Cicadas tend to live for only a few weeks after years underground.

I can remember walking through different parts of the bush in summer to that almost deafening noise at times. As a young boy with my brothers and friends we would spend summer days trying to capture the elusive “black prince“, where apparently you could take it to the local chemist for money……..never did see any cash for our efforts…..another urban myth we believed. I don’t quite know what attracts me to these curious, noisey critters. Perhaps it’s the alien, like act of bursting out of their body and evolving into something different, or their attention seeking shrieks I hear when I’m walking, I’m just not sure. However I can tell you this, if I do find a black prince in the front yard this summer I’m going straight to the local chemist to get some of that cash……….lol

Thanks for reading, cheers ben

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seeking higher ground

seeking higher ground

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The Wild life

Cockatoo in afternoon light

Cockatoo in afternoon light

The Blue Mountains is home to a great many forms of wildlife. The one thing the mountains has allot of is Eucalyptus trees and this is something mountains wildlife just loves. A great many of our abundant bird life reside and journey amongst the eucalyptus trees throughout day & night. Late last year when I was hiking with a friend I came across an interesting sight. Perched halfway  up a tree was a Goanna clinging desperately with their prehistoric claws to the tree. Now just what he was doing up their I can only speculate, stealing eggs, eating newborns, I’m just not sure. One thing for sure though, he was trespassing and that just wasn’t OK with the Magpie who’s home it was. I then spent the next 30 minutes watching this Goanna getting severely divebombed from all sides.

You generally don’t have to go too far off the beaten track to find some form of wildlife in Australia. Sometimes they are quite happen to stay on the beaten track, this fella was. One of my favourite birds in this area has always been the sulphur crested Cockatoo also seen in the above image. There is something a little comical with these inquisitive guys. I was watching some recently in a group, making a  ridiculous amount of noise, and I couldn’t help but laugh at the different expressions that were made during the encounter, they really do have a great personality.

So when you are next out wandering in the bush or your backyard, take a moment and appreciate some of the beautiful wildlife in your area……….it’s so worth it.

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Have a fantastic week, cheers ben

more signs of a wild life…

blue tongue road rage

blue tongue road rage

a heated debate amongst friends

a heated debate amongst friends

late for a party

late for a party

enjoying water sports

enjoying water sports

taking in a show

taking in a show

dealing with gate crahes

dealing with gate crashes

getting some fresher air

getting some fresher air

Blue Tongue Lizard

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On a recent trip out to the beautiful Wollemi National Park  in NSW,  Australia we found the stunning blue toungued lizard casually lying across the forest roads. A little concerned for his safety I got a couple of photos before ushering him off to the side of the road, as I’m sure the forest trucks were not stopping to take pictures. Blue Tongues as they commonly known in Australia get their name from their amazing blue tongue they actually have. I tried in earnest to get him to show it but it was not to be.

This photo is latest edition of nature photos available for purchasing here. I have always enjoyed the variety of amazing wildlife that is on offer for viewing in the Blue Mountains. I have managed to capture a little of the wildlife in this area and you can see some of it here on my facebook page. I really look forward to seeing and capturing more wildlife as I come across it on my journies out in the bush. Please feel free to drop me a comment or share this blog or any photos that you like.

see you out there….

cheers Ben