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Eastern Yellow Robin

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Eastern Yellow Robin
yellow robin by Steve Blackbourn.

Eopsaltria australis


Benro DV25C Video Rig

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Benro DV25C Video Rig

One of the main problems with DSLR cameras is that they were designed for taking photographs and don’t have the correct form factor for shooting video. When shooting video with a DSLR camera, you must hold the camera out in front of you so that you can focus on the LCD screen. When holding the camera out in front of you, the camera becomes very unstable and produces shaky video. Therefore, some kind of support gear that stabilizes the camera and more importantly gets the camera into a proper position for correctly and comfortable shooting video is needed.


Java Sparrow – Lonchura oryzivora

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Java Sparrow – Lonchura oryzivora

The Java Sparrow, (Lonchura oryzivora) also known as Java FinchJava Rice Sparrow or Java Rice Bird is a small passerine bird. This estrildid finch is a resident breeding bird in Java, Bali and Bawean in Indonesia. It is a popular cagebird, and has been introduced in a large number of other countries. Some taxonomists place this and the Timor Sparrow in their own genus Padda.


Common Jezebel – Delias nigrina

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Common Jezebel – Delias nigrina

There are about 225 described species in the genus Delias. The butterflies are popularly known as Jezebels. Most species are white or greyish on the upper-side, with blackish margins and apexes. On the underside they are gaudily patterned in red, yellow, black and white – the colours serving to advertise their unpalatable nature to would-be predators.

 


Ulysses Butterfly – Papilio ulysses

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Ulysses Butterfly – Papilio ulysses

The Ulysses butterfly (Papilio ulysses), also known as the Blue Mountain Butterfly or the Blue Mountain Swallowtail, is a large swallowtail butterfly, endemic to Australasia. This butterfly is used as an emblem for Queensland tourism. The male is an iridescent blue-green with black edges. The female is more subdued in colour. The body is plump and dark with a blue-green sheen. The Ulysses Butterfly has a wingspan of about 5.5 inches (14 cm). Both have a long “swallowtail.”

 


White Faced Heron

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White Faced Heron

The White-faced Heron (Previously Egretta, now Ardea novaehollandiae) also known as the White-fronted Heron, and incorrectly as the Grey Heron or Blue Crane, is a common bird throughout most of Australasia, including New Guinea, the islands of Torres Strait, Indonesia, New Zealand, the islands of the Subantarctic, and all but the driest areas of Australia. It is a relatively small heron, pale, slightly bluish-grey, with yellow legs and white facial markings. It can be found almost anywhere near shallow water, fresh or salt, and although it is prompt to depart the scene on long, slow-beating wings if disturbed, it will boldly raid suburban fish ponds.


Torresian Imperial Pigeon

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Torresian Imperial Pigeon

The Torresian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa), also known as the Nutmeg Pigeon or Torres Strait Pigeon, is a relatively large, pied species of pigeon. It is found in forest, woodland, savanna, mangrove and scrub in Australia (north-east Western Australia, north Northern Territory and north Queensland, including theTorres Strait Islands), New Guinea and Louisiade Archipelago. It has also been recorded as a vagrant in New South Wales, Australia. As far as known, most populations are resident or only take part in minor local movements, but the population in Queensland leaves for New Guinea in February–April and returns in July–August.


Stackshot – take 2

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Stackshot – take 2

Focus Stacking – Automated Macro Photography. Macro-photography is a fascinating sub-set of the photographic world.  It brings to life detail that the human eye all too often misses.  Unfortunately macro photographs often suffer from a narrow depth of field.  How do photographers capture that stunning shot at high magnification and still have a great depth of field?  Enter focus stacking.  Focus stacking is the art of digitally combining a series of images with a narrow depth of field into a single image using a software program such as Zerene Stacker or Helicon Focus.


RRS B2-LR-II: 60mm clamp

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RRS B2-LR-II: 60mm clamp

This is one of my most used bits of equipment. Lever-Release Quick-Release Clamp, 60mm jaws.  It is also available as a 40mm and 80mm clamp. The B2 LR II has dual mounts: center socket is countersunk on top but also threaded 3/8″-16. It mounts by spinning onto an exposed threaded post or with flat head screw from above (accept M6 or 1/4″-20, not 3/8″). These clamps are appropriate for mounting on a wide range of equipment – which may not necessarily be manufactured by Really Right Stuff.


RRS PG-02 Full Gimbal

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RRS PG-02 Full Gimbal

This is the Full Gimbal version of the innovative and modular series of PG-02 Pano-Gimbal heads. For ultimate portability, this head breaks down quickly and easily with no tools: slide the Cradle Clamp off of the Vertical Rail, then slide the Vertical Arm off of the Horizontal Base. Components pack flat. The PG-02 delivers precision smooth panning and rock solid lockup. I use with my biggest lenses for effortless tracking of birds and wildlife.