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:-( shame the King parrot moved - they are beautiful birds.
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Farewell to Batemans Bay at Remembering PRESTAGS
iNaturalist suggests it is Maratus pavonis, the common peacock spider. The lead up story - saw a little jumping spider on/under the handle on the shed door. Got the camera ... here's a crop of one of those shots as I was getting ready to take the gear back inside... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Remembering PRESTAGS
nice set capturing the decline and fall. A wonder it hasn't been pulled down to make way for something more decadent ...
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2020 on Decadence at Remembering PRESTAGS
Yes, mostly it was in the microwave. I just needed to reheat the pan to fry my egg when I finished photographing :-) That set of cupboards is the most illuminated part of the house as it is opposite the 2 big fluoros in the kitchen, hence I suppose the range of insects that end up settling on it.
I was getting my dinner ready when I noticed a rather large moth on the cupboard above the stove ... Beautiful red colour and so fluffly looking up close. Here are a few shots. A few contortions undertaken on a little 2 step ladder and against cupboard doors etc. Would... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Remembering PRESTAGS
a blast from the past (I also found the access codes too). I don't know where disk 1 is though. I don't have a working computer that accepts these disks anymore ... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Remembering PRESTAGS
thank you. the fly was an unexpected target - I was just playing around with the little flowers (nearly all gone now) when this little fly alighted on that sprig of blossoms. then I just had to (!) attempt captures :-) That style of Manfrotto tripod might suit you.
Toggle Commented Oct 10, 2020 on more accidental macro at Remembering PRESTAGS
quick playing around this afternoon with pretty little flowers outside back door. First with 18-55 AF-P lens, then with macro trying a different tripod setup - didn't think the horizontal extension would be useful but turns out it is. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2020 at Remembering PRESTAGS
well they kept the Union Jack there, so that's good!
that is quite interesting. something different about the trees? the 'game' for the Kookaburra hunters?
I think you are making fun of me ...
If you look at the first shot in maximum zoom (click on the image, then do the +) you can actually see his/her 'anchor line' of silk running from the back of the abdomen. They have a single thread anchored somewhere which I gather saves them if they should happen to misjump.
Toggle Commented Oct 5, 2020 on The Return of PRESTAGS? at Remembering PRESTAGS
can't quite make it out but is it a hybrid Lebanon / Australia flag? Do you remember Anonietta Bua had a lapel pin flag with the Union Jack swapped out for an Italian flag in the corner over the Southern Cross?
the moon. Starting to wane so not so bright which makes for better shots with contrast and detail rather than 'white out'. (a cropped shot of course). Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Remembering PRESTAGS
once on a flower, flies and hoverflies seem to stay pretty still. Bees seem to keep moving the whole time.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2020 on Attempting to match MiLord at Remembering PRESTAGS
Bees are hard to get in flight. Good try imho. I haven't tried for ages. They don't hover so you have this challenge of a small moving target lost in the background - challenges for focus acquisition (not acquired = out of focus), shutter speed (not fast enough on moving target and out of focus). Hoverflies hovering above flowers (sort of staticly in the air) allows a camera angle where it is the fly and the sky, so the camera is less likely to get fooled into focusing on the background.
Toggle Commented Oct 4, 2020 on Attempting to match MiLord at Remembering PRESTAGS
I had just got back from a ride and sitting on the front steps espied a little jumping spider on the wall of the house ... Quickly inside to collect camera, minitripod and flash. These are all cropped a fair bit. Here is the setup - the little tripod allows... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2020 at Remembering PRESTAGS
thank you. I was happy that I got some shots in focus :-)
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2020 on some flies from today at Remembering PRESTAGS
It's OK Paul, I'll like the spiders for you. Python, I don't understand which one you think is cut in half?
Toggle Commented Oct 1, 2020 on Accidental naturalist at Remembering PRESTAGS
Today I saw a little spider flitting very fast on the window & sill. I captured him (I think it was a male) with a glass. Very pretty markings. How to photograph? First I thought I would put some gladwrap over the glass and shoot through that. was worried that... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2020 at Remembering PRESTAGS
usual big wok of stir fried vegetables with some honey and peanut butter. plus stir fried chicken from previous night - garlic, ginger, little chilli, pepper & soy sauce. Very unconventional carbohydrate though - boiled potato. Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Remembering PRESTAGS
pseudo macro of hoverflies outside the backdoor. 8-10mm long. (70-300 AF-P lens but cropped a fair bit) my one good 'hovering' shot - they wouldn't stay in stationary hover! (both crops) Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2020 at Remembering PRESTAGS
that would have been Friday ... steamed vegies. Pasta and potato for tuna bake.
Toggle Commented Sep 21, 2020 on opportunistic macro at Remembering PRESTAGS