I have already uploaded a couple of shots of the female Australian Darter; this one is the male of the species, and was taken while walking beside the Weribee River nearly 2 weeks ago.
The river passes through a suburban estate in its final few kilometres before reaching its mouth in Port Phillip Bay. Indeed, there are houses less than 100 metres from the bird. The river here is bordered by lovely gum trees, which have a tendency, as do so many eucalypts, to drop large boughs.
Werribee itself is about 30km west from the centre of Melbourne, a growing suburban community, and I was amazed when I first visited the river in this spot about 2 years ago, to see the bird life in these slow moving reaches of the stream as it passes between the shady gums and the paling fences of the back yards not far away.
The lens was at full extension, 432mm, hand-held while standing in the middle of a bush and getting wet feet, for this shot, which has been further cropped. Other details - f4, 1/250sec. The light was difficult to handle, and the partially submerged gum tree is a little overexposed, I think.
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besnard (56385) 2006-11-10 2:58
Joli cliché de cet oiseau qui a l'air de se sécher les ailes sur le tronc d'arbres. Beaux reflets.
Merci pour le partage et bonne journée.
lucero (1102) 2006-11-10 3:42
Para mi una fotografía muy bonita con una intensa luz que rellena cada uno de sus huecos.
Precioso reflejo y composición.
Un saludo: Javi
naval (172) 2006-11-10 5:34
Nice shot.. perfect reflection the contrast between the colors and composition is also good..
gypsygirl58 (1329) 2006-11-10 6:34
Great shot!! Good composition and the reflections on the water are superb! Great colours too. Well done and TFS :-)
jaywalker (16101) 2006-11-10 11:02
Hi Andrew, A beautiful capture of a beautiful bird, great light & the frameing helps to make the bird stand out even better, the reflection in the water is wondreful, kind regards Wilson.
dorte_s_t (2287) 2006-11-10 12:36
Hi , Andrew .
What almost always first catches my eye is the harmony of colours in a photo .
This one is perfect - not only regarding colours , but also in composition . The bird and reflections is very impressive , and the colour of the river is simply fantastic !!!
Your wet feet was definately worthwhile :o))
Added to my favourites !
leo61 (0) 2006-11-10 12:42
Good shot of this nice bird and his pose.Good sharpness at the bird,verry nice ,soft colors and good reflections.
jtclee77 (492) 2006-11-10 15:43
Great capture and a wonderful composition.
lilimih33 (9918) 2006-11-10 16:20
Hello Andrew! Nice shot! Wonderful colours, clarity, sharpness and reflexion! Well done! Lili
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-11-10 18:28
Excellent image. Great composition, pose of the bird and lighting. I like also the reflections in the water.
daddo (26790) 2006-11-10 18:57
Hi Andrew. It's the colours that I find particularly attractive- a mixture of warm yellow and cool green. There is also a nice sense of harmony with the tree and its reflection breaking the composition into three triangles. Nice work. Regards. Klaudio.
isabib (1953) 2006-11-11 8:11
Nice capture of the bird with lovely lighting. Nice reflection also on the clear water. TFS!
Buin (42466) 2006-11-11 8:18
A wonderful and outstanding photo! The light is breathtaking here and I like very much the diagonal of the trunk. Thank you for showing this!
Frank, from wet and cooool Germany!
jasmis (58100) 2006-11-11 12:36
Really amazing shot. Perfect composition with smart reflexion. Interesting note, too. Regards.
Signal-Womb (13048) 2006-11-11 19:40
Hello Andrew, the good is the colour and mirrored reflection, brilliant. I find the branches in the BG distracting though, the bird almost becomes lost because of its dark colouring. Regards Steve..
Propofol (1790) 2006-11-12 1:14
A beautiful telephoto. Pin-sharp, perfectly exposed, and the crop/composition works extremely well. Well done!
Donald (136) 2006-11-12 8:33
Great photo the bird is very like our Cormant,nice sharp shot and the colours are great, well done and TFS
kmarscher (2887) 2006-11-12 9:08
A marvelous catch of the Australian Darter in his behavioral pose. The mirror image is dramatic, creating a delightful flow through the composition. The shape of the gum tree perch echoes the attitude of the bird and the colorful water ripples make a perfect background. All around, impressive!
pranab (5354) 2006-11-13 2:15
great shot. you bring our attention to the subject and the reflection very nicely. good color an dcontrast and teh use of light is excellent. good dof and thus the detials stand out.
anducina (8407) 2006-11-17 13:57
Splendid POV, colours, light and reflections. Very good framing. Excellent.
vinicio (23423) 2006-11-20 11:58
This is really an excellent portrait of this bird in the nature, compliments, great quality and view, beautiful colors and good note.
drewniany (1142) 2006-11-20 16:59
Hi. Very nice POV. Excellent reflection in water. Good compo and frame. This bird give taste. I like it.
petrec (410) 2006-11-26 4:54
Another marvellous bird captured whith a lot of sensibility :-)) Claudia
deblink (2548) 2006-11-26 15:32
This is a beautiful photo of an Australian Darter. It is like she is posing for you. The reflections are glorious and the water looks like silk. The lighting is great too. Thank you for sharing.
ben4321 (9875) 2006-11-27 6:30
Excellent composition here Andrew, I like how you gave equal weight to both the bird and it's reflection. I also like the twisted shapes of the dead trees, and the light is good.
I imagine the darter must be a cousin of the cormorants that we have in this country. They dry their wings in exactly the same way, lacking oil glands with which to waterproof their feathers.
breyl (228) 2006-11-28 6:51
desde 'Sandy Creek Church 2' que no pasaba por aquí ;-)
Me gusta mucho esta foto, me transmite mucha calma. Es muy nítida y los colores muy semejantes entre si, además de los reflejos, que hacen de la foto una perfecta combinación.
Valió la pena mojarte los pies ;-)
Un saludo Andrew,
TeresaT (10806) 2006-12-01 17:05
Fantastic shot of this bird with amazing distorted reflections on the water that create a nice symmetry.
The colours and light are superb.
amaryllis (37039) 2006-12-16 6:40
je n'avais pas vu cette photo de cet oiseau aux ailes déployées qui sort de l'eau probablement, mais les couleurs sont magnifiques,les réflections aussi, bravo, photo très bien réussie
Luci (372) 2006-12-27 6:54
superb photo.The light gives beautiful colour and glow to the water.I like also the model.
Really beautiful colours.
balatrek (7455) 2007-01-24 16:45
I like this composition, she is perfect, you have managed to fulfill the rule of the thirds, fantastic colours and an incredible light, I congratulate to you by this good work.
Thanks to share.
rzesynepkarzarn (0) 2007-01-29 16:27
Amazing reflection and absolute symmetry. Your note is also very informative. TFS.
emilbo (22616) 2007-02-14 12:10
Je n'avais pas remarque cette photo avant, elle est superbe. Excellente composition et magnifique réflection.
gunbud (34066) 2007-08-01 18:23
You have captured this wonderful bird in all his glory. The colors are clear and strong with exceptional details to the fine feathers. The reflection is quite striking and the water color magical.
Deepforest (9260) 2007-09-29 14:56
fantastic capture of darter with its characteristic pose and beautiful reflection... well composed and good light.
Very well done. Best regards,