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Bird photo trip to Mudgee

Last weekend I went on a photographic expedition to the New South Wales town of Mudgee. It was actually combined with a weekend away with my wife and our dog – we’d been planning a trip for April, but had to cancel it when COVID travel restrictions came in, so we were keen to hit the road when the restrictions were lifted.

The weekend was rainy, but I did manage to get a clear morning to visit Putta Bucca Wetlands, which is a wildlife reserve just outside the town. I went before breakfast to get the early morning light. Here’s an Australian raven and a magpie-lark:

Australian raven vs Magpie-lark

A black swan on the lake:

Black swan

A red-browed finch:

Red-browed finch

And a crested pigeon:

Crested pigeon

I think this pigeon was the shot of the trip, and I think I’ll add it to my portfolio of photos available for purchase as prints. So it was a successful trip, both in terms of a relaxing getaway, and for photography!

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Market updates and bird shoot

Things have been very quiet with the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions here in Sydney. There have been no more market days since my last one on 1 March, as markets have all been cancelled until further notice. I’m looking forward to them coming back, and will be keen to get out there and show off my work.

I also haven’t been able to get out very much to take photos, due to the travel restrictions. But with things loosening up with Stage 1 here in New South Wales, I took a short drive to Warriewood Wetlands yesterday to photograph some birds.

Superb fairywren, non-breeding male

This is a male superb fairywren, in non-breeding plumage. I saw some females too, but didn’t get any very good shots of them. Most of the males were in non-breeding plumage, this relatively dull brown look. But I did find one male who still retained breeding plumage at the end of the autumn as we move into winter:

Superb fairywren, breeding male

Hard to believe this is exactly the same sort of bird, but yes, they moult their feathers between these two colour forms twice a year.

And here’s a nice shot of a Pacific black duck.

Pacific black duck

Hopefully I’ll be able to get out a bit more and take some more photos soon!