Black-faced Woodswallow

Artamus cinereus.

Another first for me. This guy was one of a pair spied on the side of the road just outside Mundubbera on the Burnett Hwy.

I stopped when I saw a flock of birds on the side of the road, hoping they were Apostlebirds, but they turned out to be common crested pigeons, however at the same location I spied Double-barred Wrens, a pair of Squatter Pigeons and these woodwallows.

Given an hour or so, I reckon I could have nabbed a few more species too, but with a car full of family and dogs, that wasn't going to happen.

View all photos taken: Saturday, 18th September 2010, This photo: 10:26am

Comments

  • Tobias N. Hayashi said:
    Awesome shot, terrific detail and a lovely bird and pose.
  • looby88 said:
    you do have some lovely birds down under !
  • Nicole Pearce Photography said:
    Gorgeous Dave, that out of focus bg is perfection
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/callocephalon] and a first for me. I'd not managed to photograph these before.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/33085391@N00] Oh indeed, around 850 species :) I've only managed to photograph 139 of them so far.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/sydney_inquisitive] Gotta love a long lens up close with the background a decent distance away :)
  • suburbanvoodoo said:
    Oh yeah nice shot Dave. Awesome background separation :-)
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/suburbanvoodoo] Thanks Danny :)
    A titch more light in the eye would have been nice, but conditions on the day weren't helping there.
  • ronnietan15 said:
    cool shot.
    do you leave that lens in the boot all the time just in case for situations like this?
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ronaldtan] When I'm travelling, yeah, the camera is usually fairly handy. :)
  • A1StudioPhotography said:
    YES!!!
    What definition.
    You do know your gear, mate. = )
  • renanluna said:
    Great capture, the colors are great!
  • allan_niels3n said:
    Very nice indeed. Love the colours and background too
  • RaeA said:
    immaculate - the dof makes it look like a studio background
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/a1studiophotography] [http://www.flickr.com/photos/renanluna] Thanks :)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/allan_nielsen] 'twasn't a bad find really.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/raeallen] If only they'd fly in to a studio and perch on command ;-)
  • Ross_M said:
    Nice pick up
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ross_m] Pretty chuffed with it :)