Photography 2019 – Birds: “Westmeadows – Sulphur Crested Cockatoo” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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On this photography adventure day, we only had to take a 5 minute drive from home!  Beside one of Westmeadows, Victoria – Australia local backstreets there stands a tall old gumtree with a large hollow.  At this location each year, around November, Sulphur-crested Cockatoos come and nest at what is perhaps an unusual location.  Cars and people busily pass by daily under their nest, but they seem to have adapted to the suburban lifestyle.  I cannot help feel sad for our bird wildlife.  Melbourne’s ever emerging urban sprawl means that tree felling of large areas of land is therefore – stripping large areas of bird habitats.  Thus leaving birds to find unusual locations to subsist or not at all – hence bird numbers dwindling.  So I hope in years to come to continue to find these iconic Australian native birds revisit this old gum tree…






During this photography exercise – I used a compact system camera, a Sony A7 Mark II – Full Frame with a Sony A FE24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens, and a Sigma150-600mm F5-6.3 DGOS HSM with a Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. For some of these photographs I used the camera hand-held but for most of the shots, I used a Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with quick release base. I also used my Apple iPhone 8 Plus mobile phone for quick spontaneous photographs and gain GPS location readings.





On my return home, I downloaded all the photographs into Adobe Lightroom Classic CC.  I developed a small selection of photographs During the process of developing them I was able to see what I needed to address during my next photographic adventure.   Please find both above and below, the best of what I took during this photography adventure!





Being out-and-about experiencing the natural wonders of the world and the creatures it inhabits – really does rejuvenate the body and soul.  Photography is just another way to improve one’s sense of wellbeing and at the same time – be creative!


Happy photography all – © Karen Robinson – January 2019


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