Grey-Crowned Babbler, Pomatostomus temporalis by Normf
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I think this really captures the “babbler” look. These really social and interesting birds are quickly declining in many parts of the country. They are now classified as endangered in some states.The Grey-crowned Babbler is widespread throughout north-western, northern, central and eastern Australia. It is also found in Papua New Guinea. Grey-crowned Babbler populations have declined throughout their range as a result of land-clearing practices that leave habitats fragmented. When groups become isolated, numbers decline to a level where they cannot continue to successfully breed. Overall populations have declined by 95% since European settlement.
This one belongs to a Population at just nth of Grafton, NSW, Australia.

Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
Shutter Speed 1/50
Aperture Value 5.6
Metering Mode Partial Metering
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
Focal Length 400.0 mm

Grafton, NSW, Australia

Comments

  • whittsatwoopi
    whittsatwoopiabout 6 years ago

    Wow Norm, great lighting, comp and depth of field. Great shot, well done.

  • Normf
    Normfabout 6 years ago

    Thanks Simon, Since I started taking photos of this particular family group of babblers (Nth Grafton) they are now the subject of some special commonwealth research!

  • Stuart Cooney
    Stuart Cooneyabout 6 years ago

    I love it, as you say it captures all that is inquisative, gregarious and adorable about Grey-crowned Babblers.

  • Thanks again elanusphotos, (oh and I fixed the typo as well)

    – Normf

  • sassyskink
    sassyskinkabout 6 years ago

    Great work! Babbs are one of my faves!

  • Thanks Steven, They are really interesting birds. The first time I saw babblers there were two birds sword fighting with sticks!!! (No lie).

    Hey I’ve always loved reptiles like you but find it really hard to get good looking shots like you’ve got. Well done. I’m gonna have to have a closer look at your stuff. Thanks

    – Normf

  • Renee Dawson
    Renee Dawsonabout 6 years ago

    Sorry to hear the #s of these birds are declining. It is so beautiful!

  • They still have some good strongholds and a couple of dedicated persons undertaking some intensive studies. The first time I saw a couple of these they were doing their best imitations of Jedi Knights using sticks as light sabres!!

    – Normf

  • tarnyacox
    tarnyacoxalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot Norm. I’m surprised it was still long enough for you to get a shot! I’m lucky enough to have a regularly nesting pair in my front yard, but they don’t EVER sit still!

  • Thanks Taryacox, how lucky are you to have your own pair? I’m jealous!

    – Normf

  • Normf
    Normfalmost 6 years ago

    You are lucky to have a pair around! These are such fasinating birds!! I had to travel 80 kilometers each way (on a couple of trips ) to find this group. I stalked them for quite a while. This guy, as you’ve noted, didn’t stick around for a back up shot!

  • colindove
    colindovealmost 6 years ago

    Great and totally unique capture, love it on the old grey post..fabulous shot Norm and congratulations for the Featured work
    Colin

  • I was pretty happy to find this “colony” (at Grafton) don’t usually see them here. Thanks Col!

    – Normf

  • Amy Evans
    Amy Evansalmost 6 years ago

    this shot is amazing, great detail. i love it.

  • Well thank you Amy, fell in love with these birds on our first date! (it was the personality)

    – Normf

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLalmost 6 years ago

    posing for you.

  • Thank you so much Waleskal. I think you were right!

    – Normf

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