Last shot of the day, just as we were packing up to leave this koala came into the clearing where we were and then started running across in front of us to get to the other side of the area. I captured a series of shots of this but all were out of focus 😦 These are the best I managed at the time. Normally koalas sit in the fork of a tree eating and sleeping. Very easy to take photos of there, when on the ground they can move very fast indeed.
70-200 @ 190mm f5.6 @ 1/125s ISO 1600
The Alberts Lyrebird is native to Australia and Lamington NP in particular. Our group on the World Photo Adventures workshop was fortunate to see a male lyrebird displaying in the rainforest but too far away for my lens to capture. Can you believe I was the only one with my camera out at this stage of our walk! This female was scratching around at the edge of the rainforest near my room and I was lucky enough to see her on two days.
24-70 @ 70mm f5.6 @ 1/90s ISO 800
A native Australian bird, the Bush Turkey is about the size of a small Xmas turkey but supposed to be very tough! Colourful and ugly with a face like a vulture. They build huge mounds of leaf litter in which to incubate their eggs and are the scavengers of the bush. At Lamington NP. where I took this shot they are used to humans and unafraid. This one was about 3 feet away from my boots, nearly too close for the lens.
70-200 @ 122mm f4.8 @ 1/250s ISO 800
O’Reilly’s in Lamington N.P. is renown for its birdlife. This male Regent Bowerbird and its’ friends appeared early every morning for sultanas. I’ve never taken bird shots before so was doubly pleased with the images I took at the World Adventures Photo Workshop up there. www.worldphotoadventures.com.au
70-200 @ 120mm f8 @ 1/250s ISO 800
This King Parrot image was taken at Lamington National Park, Australia, a four hour drive from my place. I have just returned from a photo workshop with World Photo Adventures www.worldphotoadventures.com.au up there staying at O’Reilly’s guesthouse. A very special place where all three types of rainforest are present in the one place. For five days we lived and breathed photography, shooting early morning through to lunch, then workshops and more shooting at sunset. Darren Leal, a professional photographer, leads photo tours world wide and runs workshops in some of the most photographic national parks of Australia, his son Pearce is now assisting and is an award winning photographer in his own right. Between them they could help any level of photographer in any area of photography and then we had a day and a half with the Adobe Ambassador for Australia and the Pacific, Mark Galer. An amazing opportunity and I have totally changed my way of taking images. I now hand hold for almost 99% (instead of tripod) of my images which has freed the way I take my images and I get more shots. Hope you enjoy the next week or so as I show off my new found skills.