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Finally.⁠
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That one time when a Kingfisher sat still long enough to not be a blue blur!!⁠
I swear these birds have some kind of built in radar for when you're about to press the shutter button and ZZZZIP, they're outta there! And all you're left with is blue-blur. There are 10 species of kingfisher in Australia, and except for Kookaburras, they all have that exact same radar.⁠
The struggle is real. 😂😂😂⁠
Especially when you don't own any of those bazooka-looking lenses and have to get pretty damn close to get a shot.⁠
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This Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) must have had a glitch in the wiring that day, because it sat on that branch watching me for several whole minutes. Minutes!! 😲 While I reeled off shots like a crazy person. I may or may not have been hyperventilating... 🙄⁠
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Pretty sure this is a female (the males tend to be darker blue, but not always), and she was foraging along the mudflats near the mangroves. Not so much for fish - despite being called Kingfishers - they hunt mostly insects, crustaceans and lizards. Just like their bigger cousins the Kookaburras, who are also not very fishey-loving Kingfishers.⁠
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Fun fact: see those blue feathers?  Not blue.  In fact, most blue feathers are not blue. Blue pigment is hard to produce, so birds get around this by creating structures in the feathers that refract light in a way that makes it appear blue when the light hits it. But if you were to hold that feather up to a back-light, it will appear brown. Which is what it really is.  Neat huh? 🤓⁠
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📌Photographed at Town of 1770 (Agnes Water), QLD⁠
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If you enjoyed this post please follow #meditations_in_light on Instagram, or like @meditationsinlight on Facebook.⁠
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    Finally.⁠
    ...⁠
    That one time when a Kingfisher sat still long enough to not be a blue blur!!⁠
    I swear these birds have some kind of built in radar for when you're about to press the shutter button and ZZZZIP, they're outta there! And all you're left with is blue-blur. There are 10 species of kingfisher in Australia, and except for Kookaburras, they all have that exact same radar.⁠
    The struggle is real. 😂😂😂⁠
    Especially when you don't own any of those bazooka-looking lenses and have to get pretty damn close to get a shot.⁠
    ...⁠
    This Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus) must have had a glitch in the wiring that day, because it sat on that branch watching me for several whole minutes. Minutes!! 😲 While I reeled off shots like a crazy person. I may or may not have been hyperventilating... 🙄⁠
    ...⁠
    Pretty sure this is a female (the males tend to be darker blue, but not always), and she was foraging along the mudflats near the mangroves. Not so much for fish - despite being called Kingfishers - they hunt mostly insects, crustaceans and lizards. Just like their bigger cousins the Kookaburras, who are also not very fishey-loving Kingfishers.⁠
    ...⁠
    Fun fact: see those blue feathers? Not blue. In fact, most blue feathers are not blue. Blue pigment is hard to produce, so birds get around this by creating structures in the feathers that refract light in a way that makes it appear blue when the light hits it. But if you were to hold that feather up to a back-light, it will appear brown. Which is what it really is. Neat huh? 🤓⁠
    ...⁠
    📌Photographed at Town of 1770 (Agnes Water), QLD⁠
    ...⁠
    If you enjoyed this post please follow #meditations_in_light on Instagram, or like @meditationsinlight on Facebook.⁠
    …⁠
    #sacredkingfisher #todiramphussanctus #kingfisher #townof1770 #agneswater #queensland #visitagnes1770 #australia #abcmyphoto #ausgeo #natgeoyourshot #yourshotphotographer #birdphotography #birdsofaustralia #birdlifeaustralia #birds #birdlife #australianbirds #australianbirdlife #aussiebirds #birdsofinstagram #feather_perfection #your_best_birds #nature #zoology #wildlifephotography #wildlife #australianwildlife #meditations_in_light

  •  66  19  17 November, 2019
  • Saw lots of these cuties today while out wandering the coastal walk around my neighborhood.⠀
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Australian Splendid fairywren see's inspiration everywhere and flies into your life to encourage you to EXPLORE all your interests and not to feel guilty, about wanting to put your eggs in more than one basket. Being multi-PASSIONATE is a gift. Embrace it!⠀
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Curious to get one of your very own and be reminded everyday that your multi-passionate qualities are a gift >>> head over to my shop.
  • Saw lots of these cuties today while out wandering the coastal walk around my neighborhood.⠀

    Australian Splendid fairywren see's inspiration everywhere and flies into your life to encourage you to EXPLORE all your interests and not to feel guilty, about wanting to put your eggs in more than one basket. Being multi-PASSIONATE is a gift. Embrace it!⠀

    Curious to get one of your very own and be reminded everyday that your multi-passionate qualities are a gift >>> head over to my shop.

  •  37  6  17 November, 2019
  • S L E E P I N G  C O C K A T O O // 🌿 So in love with this fabric with some seriously adorable Cockatoos.💕 These are available to purchase on their own or in a Gift Pack (see Christmas Gift Packs online). We will bring some down to #etsymadelocal market Sunday 23rd November (deets on website) as well as @stirlingmarket 🍁 Sunday 24th November.
Lux Fabric Design by talented @christie.williams.design 👏👏
@etsyadelaide
#etsymadelocal #etsyadelaide
  • S L E E P I N G C O C K A T O O // 🌿 So in love with this fabric with some seriously adorable Cockatoos.💕 These are available to purchase on their own or in a Gift Pack (see Christmas Gift Packs online). We will bring some down to #etsymadelocal market Sunday 23rd November (deets on website) as well as @stirlingmarket 🍁 Sunday 24th November.
    Lux Fabric Design by talented @christie.williams.design 👏👏
    @etsyadelaide
    #etsymadelocal #etsyadelaide

  •  18  2  16 November, 2019
  • TGIF (Thank God I'm a Frogmouth)! Happy Friday peeps and a big congratulations to the Tawny Frogmouth who came second in the @GuardianAustralia and @BirdLifeOz 2019 #BirdOfTheYear poll! You're first in our ❤️ Tawny!
  • TGIF (Thank God I'm a Frogmouth)! Happy Friday peeps and a big congratulations to the Tawny Frogmouth who came second in the @GuardianAustralia and @BirdLifeOz 2019 #BirdOfTheYear poll! You're first in our ❤️ Tawny!

  •  349  5  15 November, 2019
  • It is just over 5 weeks until Christmas and if you are not yet in the festive spirit, it is time to start! Our very merry coaster sets are the perfect addition to your coffee table this Christmas. Featuring four of Max's humorous Christmas themed animal illustrations they are a great stocking filler, or grab a set for yourself! 
Set of four only $19.95!
  • It is just over 5 weeks until Christmas and if you are not yet in the festive spirit, it is time to start! Our very merry coaster sets are the perfect addition to your coffee table this Christmas. Featuring four of Max's humorous Christmas themed animal illustrations they are a great stocking filler, or grab a set for yourself!
    Set of four only $19.95!

  •  18  1  15 November, 2019
  • While out photographing at #sturtgorgerecreationpark I could hear bird calls echoing from within this large gum tree. Eventually the originator of the call, a striated pardalote emerged from a small hollow allowing me just this one pic before flying off. Thankfully it was a good one.
  • While out photographing at #sturtgorgerecreationpark I could hear bird calls echoing from within this large gum tree. Eventually the originator of the call, a striated pardalote emerged from a small hollow allowing me just this one pic before flying off. Thankfully it was a good one.

  •  22  3  14 November, 2019
  • It has recently been reported, and clearly evident on Bruny, that Tasmanian and Victorian Mutton birds are late from their annual migration; and worse, substantially depleted in numbers.
Distressing images and accounts of significant numbers being washed-up on Alaskan beaches are terrifying,
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"Something's obviously gone drastically wrong in the arctic — whatever the shearwaters have been feeding on has failed to appear,"
"Autopsies have shown the deaths were all attributed to starvation. And that's the worrying part about it," Mr Barrand said - President of Birdlife Warrnambool.*
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Our visual observations, along with this post's imagery, substantiate what others have reported whilst being starkly different to the staggering numbers recorded by Matthew Flinders (1774 - 1814) where he documented,
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"…such a number of the sooty petrels as we had never seen equalled…Taking the stream to have been fifty yards deep by three hundred in width, and that it moved at the rate of thirty miles an hour, and allowing nine cubic yards of space to each bird, the number would amount to 151,500,000. The burrows required to lodge this quantity of birds would be 75,750,000; and allowing a square yard to each burrow, they would cover something more than 18½ geographic square miles of ground."
—'The Voyage of the Francis'
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A classic example of where our flawed perception of environmental degradation is only relative to the already diminished morsels we witness further depleted in our lifetimes.
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"It's extremely worrying — are we looking at an extinction event happening before our very eyes?" Mr Barrand added.*
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*Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-05/mutton-birds-delayed-migratory-vic-arrival-alarms-birdwatchers/11572220
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📸 1/3: @HartvigsenRod 2016
📸 2: @GlenShackcloth 2019
⠀ Sooty Petrels / Sooty Shearwaters
⠀ (Ardenna grisea)
📍 BrunyIsland.au, TAS, 🇦🇺
⠀ "It is horrifying that we have
⠀ to fight our own government
⠀ to save the environment."
⠀ — Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)
🌏 www.brunyisland.com.au
  • It has recently been reported, and clearly evident on Bruny, that Tasmanian and Victorian Mutton birds are late from their annual migration; and worse, substantially depleted in numbers.
    Distressing images and accounts of significant numbers being washed-up on Alaskan beaches are terrifying,

    "Something's obviously gone drastically wrong in the arctic — whatever the shearwaters have been feeding on has failed to appear,"
    "Autopsies have shown the deaths were all attributed to starvation. And that's the worrying part about it," Mr Barrand said - President of Birdlife Warrnambool.*

    Our visual observations, along with this post's imagery, substantiate what others have reported whilst being starkly different to the staggering numbers recorded by Matthew Flinders (1774 - 1814) where he documented,

    "…such a number of the sooty petrels as we had never seen equalled…Taking the stream to have been fifty yards deep by three hundred in width, and that it moved at the rate of thirty miles an hour, and allowing nine cubic yards of space to each bird, the number would amount to 151,500,000. The burrows required to lodge this quantity of birds would be 75,750,000; and allowing a square yard to each burrow, they would cover something more than 18½ geographic square miles of ground."
    —'The Voyage of the Francis'

    A classic example of where our flawed perception of environmental degradation is only relative to the already diminished morsels we witness further depleted in our lifetimes.

    "It's extremely worrying — are we looking at an extinction event happening before our very eyes?" Mr Barrand added.*

    *Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-05/mutton-birds-delayed-migratory-vic-arrival-alarms-birdwatchers/11572220

    📸 1/3: @HartvigsenRod 2016
    📸 2: @GlenShackcloth 2019
    ⠀ Sooty Petrels / Sooty Shearwaters
    ⠀ (Ardenna grisea)
    📍 BrunyIsland.au, TAS, 🇦🇺
    ⠀ "It is horrifying that we have
    ⠀ to fight our own government
    ⠀ to save the environment."
    ⠀ — Ansel Adams (1902 - 1984)
    🌏 www.brunyisland.com.au

  •  396  22  14 November, 2019
  • The perfect Christmas gift for her, our beautiful cosmetic bags! Featuring illustrations of; 🎨Cockatoo & King Parrot
🎨Sydney harbour
🎨Australian Wildlife
🎨Koalas in a Gum tree

These gorgeous bags are fabulous quality, 100% cotton and great value at $22.95.
Purchase yours online today!
  • The perfect Christmas gift for her, our beautiful cosmetic bags! Featuring illustrations of; 🎨Cockatoo & King Parrot
    🎨Sydney harbour
    🎨Australian Wildlife
    🎨Koalas in a Gum tree

    These gorgeous bags are fabulous quality, 100% cotton and great value at $22.95.
    Purchase yours online today!

  •  11  1  13 November, 2019

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