Australian Logrunner

Orthonyx temminckii.

Also known as the Southern Logrunner or the Spine-tailed Logrunner.

Almost a good shot, but the eye is not in focus (at 100% magnification), but still the best shot of one of these I've managed so far.

The plummage on it's back blends in beautifully with the rainforest leaf litter and thus these birds can be very easily overlooked. They live mostly on the forest floor in dense rainforest making them a difficult bird to photograph, but rewarding when you do.

View all photos taken: Sunday, 1st August 2010, This photo: 2:03pm

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  • SkattyKat said:
    My first reaction was - how do you see these guys ... well done David
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Luckily they scratch in the leaf litter a lot ;-)
  • ~*Hang*~ said:
    u must be quiet quick or very patient...or maybe abit of both. It looked rather shy to be taken photo off.
  • ibsut said:
    Lovely - very hard guys to photograph.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] You have to be all of that Hang. :)
    [] Absolutely. Made my day to get two elusive birds in the one session.
  • zaman19 said:
    Great capture!!!!!
  • Ross_M said:
    Damn hard to get and done well.
    I couldn't even see them through my viewfinder! After the opportunity had passed I took off the teleconverter and found focussing in the gloom much better although still not easy!
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Thanks!
    [] Definitely tough. This is where the bigger viewfinder on a full frame body really comes in to play. Easier to manually touch up the focus.
  • looby88 said:
    its a pretty little thing !
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Aye, that they be ;-)
  • kjbeath said:
    Excellent photo, they are not easy. Seem to be either running around or with head stuck in leaf litter.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Absolutely. I still want to get a better shot of one of these, but 'tweren't a bad effort anyway.
  • AustralisWilds said:
    Nice shot! It can be pretty hard to get a decent shot when these guys aren't up to their neck in the soil they're diggin through for some food. Great work, Dave.
  • David de Groot said:
    [] Absolutely - my previous visits they've always been well hidden.