This is my entry for this weeks Digital Photography School Challenge “Black and White”. This little guy is a juvenile Pied Butcherbird (Cracticus nigrogularis), one of the many that hang around the park across the street. Whilst the adults are pure black and white, the juveniles have little tufts of grey on them as well.
Here he was just sitting in the branches of a small tree with another adult butcherbird above him (obscured by the leaves) warbling birdsong to each other. It was a really nice place to be.
Update: As per the comments corrected the post – bird in question is not a magpie but rather a pied butcherbird
My first photo competition entry for the Photo Challenge Year has now been completed. Truth been told I’ve been a little slack on the Photo Challenge Year as there are numerous changes happening at the moment (moved house, winding up my day job) but really that isn’t much of an excuse.
The above image has been submitted to Shutter Photo Anniversary Competition, 2011 whose theme this year is Black & White. I found the dragonfly hanging in a spider web in the nearby gardens. Normally you don’t find dragonflies in spiderwebs as they tend to be heavy and strong enough to break free. This one wasn’t so lucky.
I entitled the photo “Grave Of Dragonflies” as a nod to one of my favorite Studio Ghibli movies entitled “Grave Of The Fireflies” – possibly one of the saddest movies I have ever watched.
A few days ago we had a reasonably impressive lightning storm go through. For an experiment I decided to take some lightning shots in monochrome. The results weren’t super spectacular and I didn’t have a lot of time to fiddle with the settings as the storm only lasted a little while.