I was back in the south of the country in the first week of the year in pretty diabolical weather (rain, cold and gusting wind) and as a result couldn't get out in the boat. I had been doing some reading about using flash in just such conditions, but finding a suitable subject was a challenge in itself. Eventually a bedraggled House Sparrow and White-eared Bulbul were a little obliging. The 'trick' or success with using flash is to provide light on your subject in a way that viewers are none the wiser that fill-flash was used. I was fairly satisfied with these preliminary results, of course the background for the Sparrow could have been a lot more pleasing, but he wasn't moving.
|Male House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)|
|White-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus l. leucotis)|
|Resident Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui)|
|A show of yellow winter flowers|
One of the few birds seen out on the waterways was this dark form Western Reef Heron striding confidently along the shoreline...
|Western Reef Heron (Egretta g. schistacea) - dark form|