Golden Bowerbird (male)
November 13th, 2018
Evelyn, Queensland, Australia
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens
Canon 600EX II-RT flash
The incredible Golden Bowerbird! This species was my second most sought after bird on my trip to Far North Queensland in November last year. These secretive birds inhabit the rainforests of Northern Queensland above 700 metres in elevation. They are the smallest of all bowerbirds, however they build the largest & most elaborate bowers, which they use to attract a mate.
Their bowers consist of one or two towers of sticks, usually constructed around the trunks of two saplings loosely connected by a fallen branch or log. These towers can be up to 2m in height! The centre platform of the bower is decorated with lichen & freshly plucked flowers from a specific type of plant. Swipe left for an example of one of these amazing structures!
Once the male has established his bower, he will spend considerable time decorating it. He will perch nearby & advertise to females with a series of incredible electronic-like vocalisations. When not fussing over his bower or trying to woo a mate, he will be actively defending his bower from rival males & even raiding other bowers to steal their treasures for his own!
I spent two days in a secluded rainforest on the Atherton Tablelands observing this particular male from my throw hide. Some of his time was spent fending off rivals, but one two occasions another male penetrated his defences & stole his flowers. Once he realised what had happened, he would quickly go about the task of locating more decorations to replace those that were pilfered. His perseverance obviously paid off - he had a female visit to inspect his bower on both days.
The lions mane jellyfish, also known as, the giant jellyfish or the hair jelly. The largest recorded specimen, found washed up on the shore of Massachusetts Bay in 1870, had a bell with a diameter of 2.3 metres (7 ft 6 in) and tentacles 37 m (120 ft) long. 😯 #lionsmanejellyfish
Kanangra-Boyd National Park at blue hour. We actually had no idea how to find this spot, I had just seen photos occasionally. So we ended up walking straight past it and continuing on for longer than I care to admit.
This was one of those situations where I was questioning myself for wanting to find this spot because I had seen it on Instagram. Was I really going here to experience the majesty of my surroundings, or was I going here to get this photo? Was my ego being prioritised over feeling and experiencing what is around me in that moment, the beauty of the area?
As much as I dislike the concept that perhaps, maybe, I was here for this photo - I would not have known about this section of Australia or the beauty of this wilderness if it wasn’t for this social platform in the first place. Being aware of this influence on my actions is far better than no awareness at all.
Just because someone else may have visited in their own time, on their own path, does not make your experience any less valid. You will still be present and experience the world in your own unique way.
This place was majestic, gigantic and magical. Our experience and memories outside of just this simple snapshot is what will stay with me - the wild dogs howling at night, the uniquely weathered rocks of the plateau and the expanse of the valley fading to blue.
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I have always had a passion and felt comfortable around birds and mammals. Reptiles on the other hand, are a group of animal that I haven't really felt comfortable around, especially snakes. It's hard to read there behaviour, they are dangerous and I was always taught to ran the opposite direction if I ever saw one. Over the past few years I've started keeping a reptile list and have been trying to see as many reptiles as possible. As a result, I've learnt that snakes are beautiful, interesting and most of all, they have no interest in harming us 🐍
Pink Robin (male)
December 10th, 2018
Beechy Forrest, Victoria, Australia
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II
Canon EF 600mm f4L IS II USM lens
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender
Canon 600EX II-RT flash with extender
One of the highlights of the year was finally having the opportunity to photograph this brilliantly coloured species! This somewhat elusive species breed in dark, densely vegetated gullies in moist eucalypt forests or cool temperate rainforests, which can make photography very tricky! However, this little beauty & his mate have made their home at the base of a waterfall in the Otway Ranges which allows enough natural light through the forest canopy to produce some really nice images. Despite fracturing my wrist after a fall, nothing was going to dampen my spirits after photographing this little stunner!