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    I have my own seat in the pub Skier Village Coach Coach Rick's Avatar
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    This one surprised me. In Australia, the swans are black.


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    And the pelicans are colored differently, and much larger than those found in the southern US.


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    Compared to the US pelican:
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    OMG Rick, I think you have some award winning photos here. You might enter the swans and pelican cleaning his wing into a photo contest. They are more than spectacular.

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    Yes, really good photos CR. Cool birds down there. Did you see any snow parrots?
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    She's right Rick. You have a real talent and an eye for photography.

    I'm impressed.
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    Even better guys - he took those pelican shots 'on the run'. They were taken at Raymond Island in East Gippsland. We had been dropped at the ferry and then walked around the island taking in the sights. (Koalas mostly). The pelican shots were taken when we should have been getting to the ferry - we had to run to make the boat back to the mainland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushido Princess View Post
    OMG Rick, I think you have some award winning photos here. You might enter the swans and pelican cleaning his wing into a photo contest. They are more than spectacular.
    Thanks, BP. It's such an amazing place, I was presented one magnificent photo subject after the next. I took hundreds of shots while I was there, and was pleased to discover when I got home and reviewed them that I had several very nice ones. LT is constantly hounding me lately to get some framed and in some local shops to sell. Probably should.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowfan View Post
    Yes, really good photos CR. Cool birds down there. Did you see any snow parrots?
    I was there the wrong season for snow shots, so unfortunately not. LT does inform me, though, that the Rainbow Lorikeets I posted pictures of earlier are present up at the ski resorts during their winters. What a shot that would make; parrots in the snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars View Post
    She's right Rick. You have a real talent and an eye for photography.

    I'm impressed.
    Thanks, Lars. I credit it to having acquired a stable of very good lenses, and over the last few years gaining a better understanding and feel for quickly and correctly changing settings to get the shot I see in my minds eye. At first I would ponder, dilly dally around and fumble with the controls, and the shot would often be gone before I could get around to activating the shutter. I'm still basically a hobbyist at it, but the results do seemed to have improved over the few years I've been at it.
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    OK, a couple more. I'll give ya'll a break from the birds for a second, and show you some of the landscape I got to see. The following 2 shots were taken during a hike we took early on in the trip. We hiked into this warm temperate rain forest, all the way down to the Mitchell River, which can be seen in the center of the first photo. It was thick as all get-out in there, so much so that any attempts to venture off trail would in most places require a machete to get anywhere.

    Along the way we saw numerous birds, a walaby dashing madly away from us, a water monitor (lizard), and what we believe was a deadly venomous brown snake crossing the river.

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    This next photo was taken at the bottom of the gorge, at a spot they call The Den of Nargun. It was a place of Aboriginal legend. The Nargun was said to be a monster that dwelled in an especially nice swimming hole. If Aboriginal children were foolish enough to swim in the inviting hole, the part stone and part human Nargun would eat them. LT and I speculated that the legend was born of drownings that took place over many years in this beautiful swimming hole.

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    The Aborigines lived and thrived in this magnificent yet challenging land for thousands of years. They're a fascinating people who had skills for living off the land that I can't even fathom.
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