Brisbane, Queensland, 1 to 6 August 2021.
(Click on any image to see it in a larger size.).
At the end of the last post, we had stopped off in Brisbane for a couple of days en route to a photographic tour in North Queensland, when our progress was arrested by a sudden seven-day lockdown. So we spent the next seven days with our friends Jim and Milena in their new home, and with the birds that either visited or lived there.
The same Butcher Bird from the verandah (also then next two images).
Back inside, with Percy and Polly (Rainbow Lorikeets) and Milena. One of the lorikeets is interested in learning how to use the coffee machine.
The other, not so much.
On the verandah again, two Kookaburras.
Juvenile Magpie soaring up for food. this one has a damaged foot.
Juvenile Magpie on the rail (the adults are black rather than grey).
The Australian Magpie is not related to the Eurasian Magpie. It is related to the Butcherbird, though.
Though we were in a city, we were able to go for a brief walk in a forest nearby.
Inside with the lorikeets again.
They are very fast inside the house and challenging to photograph.
Ironically, I had brought a Nikon D850 and 300mm f2.8 lens (plus teleconverters), specifically for photographing birds in flight, mainly from various bird hides I expected to encounter. I did not anticipate the my BIF photography would be indoors.
These indoor images were all taken with a Fujifilm X-E4 and a 27mm f2.8 lens (40mm full frame equivalent), heavily croppped. I couldn’t predict when and where they were going to fly I needed loose compositions. They are all on 1/2,000 sec because the lorikeets are very quick and light levels were quite low so they are all on high ISOs, more that two thirds on 6400 or 12,800. As well as that, this was a new camera and when I had set up Custom Quick Menus, I hadn’t realised that as well as the values on the Quick Menus, there were also many other values I needed to set or they would revert to the original camera defaults. This meant I was shooting JPEG instead of RAW so many of the images are lacking highlight or shadow detail.
This might represent an interesting lorikeet decal on the splashback except that it was a bit too transient for full appreciation at the time.
Lorikeet and Jools.
Percy and Polly powering past.
Also a Budgie, even more elusive on the wing.
… and here playing hide-and-seek.
Back on the balcony, an adult Magpie in midair leaping for food, plus a Butcher Bird.
… Coming in to land ….
Again, a lorikeet as an interior decoration….
Jim with Percy and Polly.
It was difficult to find lockdown information at this time as the Queensland Government told people not to ring them and if you did, you could wait for a long time and then drop out. Eventually, we worked out that we were free to fly back to the ACT, even while the lockdown continued in Brisbane. Jools did so first, I did so after receiving an email from the ACT Government advising against further travel.
Now Queensland is out of lockdown and we are in lockdown in Canberra. The main problem is New South Wales, which failed to lockdown for ten days after their first case and is now spiralling out of control with over a thousand cases per day. (That won’t sound high if you live in Montenegro, Malaysia or Miami but is the highest we have seen in Australasia). (The other problem is the low vaccination rate, due to the incompetence of the Federal Government). Fortunately it doesn’t seem too bad in the ACT and we may be out of lockdown in a couple of weeks, though the situation remains precarious.