Thursday, December 14, 2006

Golden Flickers

Its amazing how much detail a common butterfly has in its face when you look hard enough.
Nikon D50, Apeture Priority, F36, Tamron 90mm Macro + 36mm extension. Flash: Nikon R1C1 TTL x2

The Ants Go Marching One By One

This Bulldog ant had only one thing on its mind when it came from its nest.. .. to attack my camera lens!
Nikon D50 Tamron 90mm Macro. Flash Nikon R1C1 1cm from subject.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Emerald Arachnid

Nikon D50 Tamron 90mm Macro 36mm Extension + Nikon R1C1 Flash TTL.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Hanging Around

I was having trouble deciding which weevil photo to post, i like them both for different reasons. Which do you prefer?


One of many species of weevil found in the Greater Melbourne area. This one is feeding on Indigophera seeds.
Nikon D50, 90mm F32, Flash Nikon R1C1 TTL

Thursday, November 30, 2006


The same mantis as last nights post was still sitting where I left her, so i thought id take some more shots.
Nikon D50, 90mm1:1 Macro - Flash: Nikon R1C1 TTL -1.7Ev steps.


No its not an Alien Life Form, Its a Praying Mantis. This girl was feeding on moths outside my bathroom window.
Nikon D50, 90mm Macro, Flash: Nikon R1C1 TTL.

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Apprentice Butcher

Butcherbirds like this juvenile grey butcherbird are ferocious feeders, eating insects & small reptiles.
Nikon D50 90mm F32, Flash: Nikon R1C1 Speedlight.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Damsel in Destress

The difference between a damselfly and a dragonfly is that damsels rest with their wings folded and dragonflies rest with their wings apart.
Nikon D50, 90mm Macro 1:1 Flash Nikon R1C1 Speedlight TTL

Thursday, November 23, 2006

"Aphids on the menu"

This Ladybeetle was determined not to raise its head for the camera, much to the frustration of the photographer. It took a good gust of wind to wake him up and look around.
Nikon D50, Tamron 90mm Macro + 62mm Extension Tubes. Flash: Nikon R1C1 Speedlight TTL -1.2EV

Tuesday, November 21, 2006


With no wings, its a long way to fall!
Nikon D50 90mm Macro F32, Flash: Nikon R1C1 TTL

Monday, November 20, 2006

Cheap Motel

Looks like these two opted for the cheapest accommodation.
Nikon D50, 90mm Macro Flash Nikon R1C1 TTL.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Growling at flies!

This endangered Growling Grass Frog contends with two not so endangered, annoying swamp flies!
Nikon D50, Tamron 90mm Macro Lens, Flash: Nikon R1C1 TTL.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Hoverflies like this one can be seen on warm days in the bush, zipping here and there, never appearing to rest!.
Nikon D50, Tamron 90mm Macro. Flash Nikon R1C1 TTL.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Blow Dried

A simple moth takes on new dimensions when seen this close!
NIKON D50 Tamron 90mm MACRO + 68mm extension tube. Flash: Nikon R1C1 TTL

Monday, October 30, 2006

King of the forest!

Arguably one of Australia’s most majestic parrots, the King Parrot lacks no charisma or charm!
Nikon D50, Tamron 300mm. Flash: Not Fired.

Sleepy, Doc or Dopey?

Don't you think this bearded orchid resembles one of the seven dwarves?
NIKON D50 Tamron 90mm MACRO. Flash: Nikon R1C1 TTL

Fairy Blue

This male superb fairy wren was kind enough to sit still just long enough for me to get this shot.
Males colour up like this during the breeding season from their normally drab brown colour.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Chestnut and Gold

Rather than give away what this is from, ill leave it to your imagination. Comments always appreciated.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sienna Sky

This Central-Victorian swamp is essential habitat for wildlife, especially during times of drought when all else is dry. The suns early rays become alive with thousands of waterfowl lifting from the water.

Monday, September 11, 2006


This Wood Scorpion (Cercophonius squama) was stumbled across whilst poking around Central Victoria’s native grasslands. At only 2cm in length, he is perfectly coloured to blend into the dry soils.


Often mistaken for the introduced field mouse, the Fat-Tailed Dunnart is not a mouse at all! Like the kangaroo, this critter is actually a marsupial, and carries its young around in a pouch. This species is under threat mostly from its habitat (native grasslands) being destroyed for housing or farmland.


The Nocturnal Small-eyed snake is seldom encountered. It chooses to emerge on warm nights, in search of prey before seeking refuge again as dawn approaches. Little is known about the venom of this placid snake, however unfortunate victims have reported varied degrees of paralysis.

Thursday, September 07, 2006


This Charming Spider Orchid is one of only a handful of this species left in the world. Standing at 3 inches tall, it could easily be overlooked or trod on. This flower opened up on my birthday and only remained for 1 day before wilting. Considerable efforts are being undertaken by government agencies to keep this species viable, that we don't loose it forever.

Forward March!

Meat Ants live in Massive colonies in drier soils of Australia. Nests can exceed 2 metres in diameter. The fun thing about taking photographs of these guys is that each nest has dozens of entrance holes, so while your waiting at one hole, thousands of ants come out of the others and cover you from head to toe!


Australia is home to thousands of native orchid species, most under 3 inches tall. This is the Maroon Hood. Pollinated by small insects, the flower only lasts a short time. Once finished flowering, the plant disappears for the rest of the year. With enough rain, it will reappear next year.