I photographed this butcherbird on my mother’s verandah—which is a deck if you’re not Australian—using her Nikon SLR. I don’t recall the model of camera, but it was before the digital SLR world took over from film.
Possums on the ground during the daytime are unusual. They are easier to photograph, but shouldn’t otherwise be seen this way. Photograph captured and possum captured as well—safely by local wildlife rescuers who restored the possum to health before releasing it back to the wild.
Photograph captured using a Canon PowerShot S2 IS.
I find the aviary in Queens Park—Ipswich, Australia—to be a bittersweet experience. It’s good to see so many species of birds in trees and with flowing waterways inside a zone that keeps them predator-free. It’s also sad to think of these birds not flying outside allowing them to spread their wings for hours on end.
Either way, I’d never have managed this close-up photograph of a parrot without the aviary access. Photograph taken on a Panasonic digital camera which tried to be somewhere between a simple point-and-click and a DSLR.
To this day—it doesn’t matter when you read this—this photograph remains as one of my favourite photographs. I was sitting on my own front deck stairs with my Canon SLR—which I’m still convinced was an AE-1—when I noticed a bee on the wheelie bin beside me. The bee appeared to be struggling.
As my eye sight hasn’t been the best up close for a few years now, I used the camera’s telescopic lens to see the bee in greater detail.
The bee had an ant on his leg and the ant refused to let go. I still don’t know how or why, but I decided to try and gently separate bee from ant. I did just that without killing either animal. Right after I captured this photograph to film forever.