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Mad Aussie
03-03-2009, 07:49 PM
This is a Rainbow Lorikeet, a native to our area that regularly visits neighbourhood trees in the hundreds. We often get several in our yard each morning.

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u104/Mad-Aussie/09%20photographyca/IMG_1763.jpg


I've shown this one before but figured I'd add it here too
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3211/3159254108_377799814b_o.jpg
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Iguanasan
03-03-2009, 08:29 PM
Wow. Loving the colour. Couple of nice captures there!

Mad Aussie
03-03-2009, 08:40 PM
I haven't saturated those either ... they really are that bright. Noisy buggers when there's a few of them around though.

I like the red ring around the eye too.

These birds have a serious attitude too. Cheeky. They are king of where they are if they can be. I've seen them chase away the much larger Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.

tomorrowstreasures
03-03-2009, 08:59 PM
MA - those birds don't hold a candle to the beauty of our brown sparrows.

casil403
03-03-2009, 09:03 PM
Wow...that really is something...beautiful colours! We don't get anything like that out here - unless they escaped their home!
All I've seen lately are chickadees, starlings and the occasional Canada goose or two! The summer birds are still gone for at least another month out here.:(

Marko
03-03-2009, 09:13 PM
Gorgeous colours sweet captures:highfive:

Michaelaw
03-03-2009, 10:14 PM
You've gotta stop painting up the crows in your hood dude!


Great captures , Love #1:)

Mad Aussie
03-03-2009, 10:20 PM
Thank you all :)

We have loads of crows here too unfortunately Michael :D

Funny also TT ... yes ... the beauty of a brown house sparrow is unmatched.
Ever notice how in nature it's the males that are the most beautiful? ;)

I guess humans don't rate as 'nature' :(

tomorrowstreasures
03-03-2009, 10:30 PM
on a more serious note, how nice it is to be able to look out your kitchen window at such beauty!!! and the other wild life you have shared! here, it is your basic squirrel and cottontail rabbits. on occasion, you may spy a rodent of one variety or another, but nothing like the awesome critters you have.. and, thanks so much for photographing them for us to see!

Mad Aussie
03-03-2009, 10:33 PM
Thanks TT.

I'd LOVE to look out and see a Squirrel!! That would be cool.

tomorrowstreasures
03-03-2009, 10:52 PM
seriously? you don't have squirrels? they are pretty cute... oh - i forgot, you can see raccoon and deer here too - there are actually some that bounce around in our neighborhood during the summer.

Mad Aussie
03-03-2009, 10:54 PM
Nope ... no squirrels here.

Deer ... yes ... but almost never see them. More likely to see a snake and that isn't very likely at all.

Raccoons are cool ... I'd love to see raccoons, we don't have them either.

tomorrowstreasures
03-03-2009, 10:57 PM
that got me thinking - a map with photos from ph.ca members of the animals in your own hood.

Mad Aussie
03-03-2009, 10:59 PM
that got me thinking
And they said it couldn't be done!!! http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/home/smf/Smileys/classic/dance.gif

tomorrowstreasures
03-03-2009, 11:03 PM
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Mad Aussie
03-03-2009, 11:05 PM
We gotta be able to laugh at ourselves ;)

I had to remove most of the mirrors in the house to stop myself laughing at myself non stop :eek:

JAS_Photo
03-04-2009, 12:23 AM
Beautiful photos MA! Lol, I have a soft spot for parrots of all kinds. I know Casil in real life and she can attest to having being unudated on a daily basis with photos of my birds.

Mad Aussie
03-04-2009, 12:27 AM
Thank you Raiven ... me too. I love parrots. Galahs are hilarious especially around here. They hang upside from powerlines and wrestle each other in the dirt, lying on their backs ... funny stuff from a cockatoo that's about 300mm in height (12 inches to you Americans stuck in the 70's ;) )

GregL
03-04-2009, 05:25 AM
on a more serious note, how nice it is to be able to look out your kitchen window at such beauty!!! and the other wild life you have shared! here, it is your basic squirrel and cottontail rabbits. on occasion, you may spy a rodent of one variety or another, but nothing like the awesome critters you have...

One of the things I really enjoy about my photography it that it helps you to look around you...and really see... even when you don't have the camera with you.

Mad Aussie
03-04-2009, 03:17 PM
It is cool. I've just climbed out of bed, it's 6.14am, I have a coffee, I'm sitting at my PC (obviously), and over my right shoulder through the glass sliding door I can see the bottle brush tree and about 6 or 8 Rainbow Lorikeets dancing around in it. You hear them before you see them most often, a shrill little call. It's nice to look out at the suns colour hitting the trees and see those bursts of red,orange, blue and green flicking around the tree.

And I know what you mean Greg. I 'see' photos all the time ... with or without the camera.

Gem
03-04-2009, 10:00 PM
http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-shocked032.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) I want one. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sad016.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

casil403
03-04-2009, 10:13 PM
seriously? you don't have squirrels? they are pretty cute... oh - i forgot, you can see raccoon and deer here too - there are actually some that bounce around in our neighborhood during the summer.

Gosh, lately here in my neighbourhood we've been innundated with skunks! :yuck: I've seen 2 strolling around our 'hood in the last 2 days and last night one sprayed right near the house around 1am....the smell was just ranK and acrid right up until this morning! Last year one sprayed my dog in the face and he reeked for about 6 months!

casil403
03-04-2009, 10:17 PM
http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-shocked032.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) I want one. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-sad016.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

I've seen 'em at the pet store and I had a neighbour a while ago that had one. Raiven is right....she has 2 very cute, friendly little guys (M & F) and I've seen many of her snaps.

jlabel
03-04-2009, 10:23 PM
Nice pictures, If possibly try to use diffused light instead of hard light, maybe flash bounced on a white cardboard or sunlight reflected. The harsh shadow behind the bird takes too much attention

kiley9806
03-04-2009, 10:48 PM
very cool shots MA! love the bright colors... nothing like that at all up here - all we get are chickadees and blue jays. often you can spy an owl or bald eagle. as for wildlife theres moose, elk, deer (every time i leave town, i see at least one if not 20), fox, beavers, bears...

Mad Aussie
03-04-2009, 10:57 PM
Thanks for those extra comments :)

Hey Casil ... make sure you use a long lens when you get us some cool Skunk shots now won't you ;)

casil403
03-04-2009, 11:04 PM
Thanks for those extra comments :)

Hey Casil ... make sure you use a long lens when you get us some cool Skunk shots now won't you ;)

MA you got that right! You get skunks down under?

Mad Aussie
03-04-2009, 11:12 PM
MA you got that right! You get skunks down under?
Only when American Airlines lands http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/home/smf/Smileys/classic/hihi.gif

Barefoot
03-04-2009, 11:59 PM
Only when American Airlines lands http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/home/smf/Smileys/classic/hihi.gif

Photographer or comedian, which is it? :D

By the way, you handled that nicely. ;)

Mad Aussie
03-05-2009, 12:17 AM
Photographer or comedian, which is it? :D

By the way, you handled that nicely. ;)
Don't worry BF ... I wasn't including rednecks in that statement ;)

I'll just be an amusing photographer I guess. Wish I could take amusing photos ... where's JJ when I need him? http://www.mtbdirt.com.au/home/smf/Smileys/classic/hmm.gif

Barefoot
03-05-2009, 12:26 AM
Don't worry BF ... I wasn't including rednecks in that statement ;)

Hey, I resemble that remark!:rolleyes:

Mad Aussie
03-05-2009, 12:30 AM
Hey, I resemble that remark!:rolleyes:
Y'all finish up ya possum stew and lizard gut soup and hav yaselfs a good night ya hayre! ;)

Barefoot
03-05-2009, 12:50 AM
Y'all finish up ya possum stew and lizard gut soup and hav yaselfs a good night ya hayre! ;)


Hand me a few pages outa that tha Sears catalogue, uncle daddy. I gots to go to da outhouse.:D :D :D

Mad Aussie
03-05-2009, 12:58 AM
Hand me a few pages outa that tha Sears catalogue, uncle daddy. I gots to go to da outhouse. :D
Oh ma laaaawd :eek: Mumma!! Clear out da house! Grab the gator and them tha hound dawgs, load your fat ass inna the pickup, you can ride up front this time ifn ya like, and lets git the hell outta here. Juniors got a stinky brewing!!! :eek::eek:

Mad Aussie
03-05-2009, 12:58 AM
We MUST be setting a record for getting off topic now!! :D

Barefoot
03-05-2009, 01:03 AM
Oh ma laaaawd Mumma!! Clear out da house! Grab the gator and them tha hound dawgs, load your fat ass inna the pickup, you can ride up front this time ifn ya like, and lets git the hell outta here. Juniors got a stinky brewing!!!

:D:D You gotta stop!:D:D

kat
03-05-2009, 09:34 AM
Wonderful photos MA. Love the colors. Sure beat my black crows up here :p

Mad Aussie
03-05-2009, 02:01 PM
Wonderful photos MA. Love the colors. Sure beat my black crows up here :p
Oh back on topic :D Thank you Kat.

We have LOADS of crows too so don't worry about that. If you ever get rare on them we can send a few million to spare!

kat
03-05-2009, 02:03 PM
Oh back on topic :D Thank you Kat.

We have LOADS of crows too so don't worry about that. If you ever get rare on them we can send a few million to spare!


NO NO NO..you keep them. Bad enough I'm scared to death of them. Bigger than my two year old some of them!! :eek:

Mad Aussie
03-05-2009, 02:06 PM
NO NO NO..you keep them. Bad enough I'm scared to death of them. Bigger than my two year old some of them!! :eek:
Are you sure ... they are really noisy. One Horseville looks like it could do with some more noise! ;)

kat
03-05-2009, 02:15 PM
lol- trust me we get enough excitment. Wait till spring and the bears come out and you have to keep your garbage in the garage or special bins they can't get into..

Blessed bears and their infactuation with dirty diapers! Grrrr

Mad Aussie
03-05-2009, 06:47 PM
See that's something that amazes me. You live with large predators that will eat you if given the right circumstances. Only in the sea or rivers in northern Australia do we have this problem. Crocs! Big Crocs. 4 - 5 m Crocs.
Around here the biggest natural danger is getting bitten by a green ant ... which stings bad! Seen grown ups cry I have! ;)