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Lake Broadwater Wildlife – 2009

30 Aug ’10

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During the revision break in April I went to Lake Broadwater to do some volunteer work and as usual I took my camera.  From the weather reports it had been raining quite a bit there during the past two months. Lake Broadwater is a lake formed only by rain water and therefore due to the rain, the bird life was flourishing. This is exactly what happened, we stayed at the lake for five days and it was full of  life. Lots of Birds, frogs and geckos. The above picture opening this article was taken at 5.30am from my tent. We had the most splendid sunsets and sunrises. We worked really hard therefore I mostly took pictures before work and after work but it was a really good experience. (All the pictures in this article)

Pendant la semaine de révision en Avril dernier (2010) je suis allé a Lake Broadwater en tant que volontaire sur un projet. Comme d’habitude j’ai emmené mon appareil (je venais d’acheter mon 7D). Il a plut beaucoup dans cette partie du Queensland et ce lac est éphémère, donc j’ai eu la chance de le découvrir plein d’eau et forcement pleins d’oiseaux. La photo en titre de cet article a été prise a 5.30 du matin depuis ma tente. On a beaucoup bossé donc je ne faisait des photos que le matin et en fin de journée.

Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata) in the early morning.

That is the closest I could get without having the flock flying away. Because the sun was directly in my face, I decided to try playing with the silhouette.

C‘est le plus près que j’ai pu m’approcher sans que le groupe s’envole. Comme j’avais le soleil directement dans la face j’ai tenté des silhouette.

Goose, ducks and grebes taking off.

As soon as the sun started to peak on the horizon it was really loud. Thanks to all the birds we had no reasons to sleep in.

Des que le soleil commençait a poindre a l’horizon les oiseaux devenaient très bruyant donc aucune excuse pour dormir plus longtemps.

The really talkative Apostle Bird (Struthidea cinerea)

Before this trip I read about this bird that is living in small flocks and is really curious. It was indeed true, they were always communicating and were quite interested by our presence.

Avant de venir je me suis renseigné un peu sur les potentiels oiseaux et j’ai lu la description de cet oiseau qui était censé etre social et bruyant. Cela n’a pas manqué, des groupes très curieux sont venus nous rendre visite.

Even in the land the rain created some improvised rivers.

Red-Winged Parrot (Aprosmictus erythropterus)

Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) & Yellow Billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes)

Grey Crowned Babbler (Pomatostomotus temporalis)

Desert Tree Frog (Litoria rubella)

Naomi, our great leader !

Some field images: being out there and actually working on something rather than in a class room is invaluable.

One of our sunsets at the end or hard days in the sun.

I learned so much and had a great time. We encountered around 25 species of birds, around five reptiles, amphibians and mammals. I filmed a decent amount of footage also that can be seen in my video “Wild Australia” here on the blog or here on Vimeo.

J’ai appris plein de choses et je me suis bien eclate. On a rencontre environ 25 espece d’oiseaux, 5 especes de reptiles/amphibiens et j’ai fait un peu de vidéo que j’ai compilé (certaines images sont d’autre endroit deu Queensland) ici sur le blog blog ou Ici sur Vimeo.

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I am a nature photographer specialising in wildlife photography. I have a special passion for this type of photography which comes from my background as an ecologist & conservation biologist.

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