Backyard Birds

Well it seems that the COVID-19 restrictions have been in place for an age. Here in Western Australia the social distancing requirements aren’t as strict as some places, but we still aren’t able to go where we want and do what we want. It makes me more appreciative of what my parents went through growing up in the Great Depression and then after that the Second World War. But anyway to keep myself from going totally mad I’ve been working on a few projects. This one is to document all the birds that come into our backyard. I’ve not got them all by any means. Some are very elusive and just don’t want their photos taken for some reason. Can’t imagine why. Here is a selection form the last couple of weeks.

 

Backyard Birds by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Willie Wagtail on the back fence. York, Western Australia. Canon EOS 6d with Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f7.1 at ISO 1600.

 

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Zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata. York, Western Australia. Canon EOS 6d with Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 Contemporary lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f6.3 at ISO 400.

 

White-cheeked Honeyeater by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
White-cheeked Honeyeater, W, in my back garden. York, Western Australia. Canon EOS550d with Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f7.1 at ISO 500.

 

Backyard Birds by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
White browed babblers (White) breaking the social distancing rules by communal dust bathing. York, Western Australia. Canon EOS 6d with Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f6.3 at ISO 5000.

 

Brown Honeyeater by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Brown Honeyeater, Brown, in my back garden. York, Western Australia. Canon EOS 550d with Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f6.3 at ISO 320.

 

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Australian Ringneck aka twenty-eight parrot,Aus. York, Western Australia. Canon EOS 6d with Sigma 150-600mm lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f6.3, at ISO 6400.

Well that’s it for this week. Stay safe, keep positive and try and keep busy.

Garden Update

Australian Painted Lady
Australian painted lady butterfly (Vanessa kershawi). Olympus Pen EP-5 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens and Olympus FL600-R speed light.

I’m always amazed at what I can find in my back garden. This is just an ordinary suburban backyard and yet I seem to find something new to photograph on a weekly basis. If you pine for an African Wildlife safari but never have the coin I’d try getting out in the garden and seeing what you can find.

Garden Katydid
A garden katydid (Caedicia simplex) found strangely enough in my garden. Olympus Pen EP-5 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens.
Cabbage White Butterfly
A cabbage white butterfly (Pieris rapae) on a lavender flower. Olympus Pen EP-5 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens and Olympus FL600-R speed light.
Eastern Common Froglet
Found in one of our raised veggie beds. The Eastern Common Frog (Crinia signifera) is a small ground dwelling frog and is one of Eastern Australia’s most common and widespread species. Olympus OMD EM-10 with Olympus 60mm f2.8 macro lens.

As always clicking on the image will take you to my online gallery.