When I first bought a camera in May 2010 and took up Photography as a hobby, I felt a bit like a fraud sharing images on my Nature Blog from the Zoo’s Great Aviary (located at Melbourne’s main Zoo in North Melbourne). We have 3 zoos, the other 2 are much further away from the city centre in the nearby countryside.
A nature photographer should be sharing images from the wild I thought.
But then I asked myself the question…..why do I blog? What is this blog about? (and I think these are questions you need to ask yourself when you first start blogging on the internet).
The answer was pretty easy. This particular blog is about my Photography hobby and specifically about Nature Photography.
It’s about the nature that surrounds where I live and where I go for walks. Initially, it was about flowers, trees and occasionally insects, but then came birds, beaches, lakes, rivers, parks, gardens and nature reserves.
It’s not about The Wild or Wilderness regions of Australia.
It’s about my own urban ‘backyard’ and its immediate surrounding areas.
It’s about sharing nature through my eyes. The small details are what appeals to me, so you won’t see very much in the way of landscapes or seascapes on this blog. Without a car these days, I can’t get to the unique blue/grey/green-toned mountainous regions which are truly breath-taking in Australia and as diverse as the deserts, rich tropical rainforests, temperate or unique coastal regions.
Australia is one country you should put on your Bucket List I might add.
(e.g.” The Great Ocean Road, on the southern coast in my state of Victoria, is one of the most spectacular drives in the world, stretching 243 kilometers from Torquay to Allansford, just 10 minutes from Warrnambool. It was built by returning soldiers from WW1 between the years of 1919 to 1932 and is the world’s biggest War Memorial”).
…..back to the bird featured in this post……
The Blue-faced Honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanosis), found in the northern and eastern states, is not really found as far south as Melbourne to my knowledge, so I’m happy to share these images from the Zoo’s Great Aviary.
This Honeyeater is a large one and distinctly easy to spot due to the bright to dark blue face and cheeks. It has a prominent white eye (amidst black crown and nape) with prominent black bib and white moustachial streaks joining the white breast. Its back and longish white-tipped tail are a striking golden olive-green. Found in open woodland or any areas with trees in the wild and certainly easy to see up close in the Zoo’s Great Aviary, especially at feeding time.
So I’ve stopped feeling guilty about photographing Australian Birds in enclosed areas to share online, particularly as some of my favourite images in my 2 photo libraries were made at the Zoo.