Photography 2019 – Birds: “Parkville – The Royal Melbourne Zoo – Walk-through Aviary” Written and Photographed by Karen Robinson

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This photography adventure involved hubby and I visiting, once again The Royal Melbourne Zoo Parkville, Victoria – Australia.  But on this occasion it was with the Craigieburn Camera Club Members on a club field trip. I decided to direct my efforts on photographing the Birds within the Great Walk-through Flight Aviary!  Here I was able to photograph brightly coloured male and female Eclectus Parrots, lanky Black-necked Storks, an elegant Cattle Egret, Little Pied Cormorant, amazingly coloured Glossy Ibis, Pied Imperial Pigeon, White-faced Heron, Pied Heron, quirky-looking Royal Spoonbill and elegant swimming Black Swans.  It was an exceptionally beautiful day with the sun shining in the morning thus allowing for some good lighting for photography; especially within the Aviary as it can be quiet dark and difficult to get enough light for good photography.  I did have a problem with my ISO being too high for some of the photographs so it will be something I will need to work on in future when doing bird photography.  After our individual photography task, we rejoined the Craigieburn Camera Club members back at the Zoo Entrance Coffee Shop.  Here we debriefed about our morning’s photography experience. Hubby and I had a lovely time and left feeling blessed to be able to do these types of photography adventures with like-minded people…





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 – March 2019


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