Southern Scrub-robin at Monarto Conservation Park
by, 07-01-2013 at 09:35 AM (6310 Views)
Headed out very late this afternoon for a drive and decided to pop in briefly at around 7:30pm for a look around Monarto Conservation Park for some of the park specialities. It was extremely quiet with barely a bird seen or even heard. Halfway around the loop walk I was beginning to lose interest when I heard a familiar call a few metres away. Sure enough, a pair of Southern Scrub-robin were searching the sandy soil beneath the undergrowth for insects. They're a species that I find aren't overly shy and can often be very inquisitive, thankfully this proved once again to be the case.
Canon EOS 7D | Canon EF100-400mm | f/6.3 | 1/320s | ISO1600 | +1/3 EV
I made some squeaky noises and almost immediately the pair of birds hopped in close to investigate, one of them putting on a bit of a display with wings and tail spread. Once it realised there was no threat it went straight back to looking for food just a couple of metres from me. Three birds made an appearance in the end and their curiosity to the sounds I was making, lured them close a number of times. The sun was soon to dip below the horizon and with the undergrowth casting shadows on almost every inch of ground it was tricky finding enough light for photos but I was rewarded with a couple of images of this wonderful species.
Canon EOS 7D | Canon EF100-400mm @ 130mm | f/6.3 | 1/200s | ISO3200 | +2/3 EV
Back off buddy!
Canon EOS 7D | Canon EF100-400mm | f/7.1 | 1/320s | ISO3200 | +1/3EV
Between a rock and a hard place?