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Another series of environmental portraits of wildlife, with a different “decisive moment” usually of action or intimate moments, it is basically my personal favourite moments, that I’m likely never to capture again.

“Cockatoo Bomber” This Sulphur-crested Cockatoo is a part of large populations that live along the Murrumbidgee River, I photographed this one just west of Wagga Wagga. “Cockies” consume a variety of food, large flocks are often seen on the ground feeding on grass roots or on the leftovers of grain laid down for sheep. Sometimes I see them flying by with grass hanging from their beak. On this occasion a dozen or so Cockies flew directly over me, although this image is heavily cropped, it’s…

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"Fascinated Joey" Kangaroo mothers provide milk to their offspring, like our mothers did to us, like all mammals do. Roos however, are able to suckle two youngsters simultaneously – one in the pouch and one outside, offering two different types of milk. A few months before the capture of this image, this Joey would have been the size of a jellybean as it made the journey from birth canal to pouch. Once safely in the pouch, the joey suckles solidly for just over two months. At around six…

“Red-rumped Waxing Gibbous” Here’s a male Red-rumped Parrot catching the last few seconds of sun light in front of a Waxing Gibbous Moon. I was able to sneak up on a tree full of them which allowed me time to compose a composition with the moon as a backdrop. It is a really great time of day to photograph Australian parrots, not just because the light is great, but more so because that I have noticed from observing many birds at this time of day that it is easier to get up close and…

“Screeching Long-billed Corella” At a glance, the “Long-billed Corella” is easily confused with the “Little Corella” which I have posted in the past, but they can be distinguished by its longer upper bill and bright orange-red patch in front of its eye. They are found in flocks of hundreds often foraging on the ground, but never stray far from the refuge of the River Red Gums that line the Murrumbidgee River. Wildlife behaviour is a bit askew at the moment as the river is currently in…

“Somewhere over the Rainbow “ Hi Friends, you may have notice I’m currently only posting once a week. I may start posting more often soon, but in the meantime it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t miss my posts by “Turning on Post Notifications” for my posts. Simply open my profile page and then tap the triple-dot button in the upper-right corner. Then from the menu, tap Turn on Post Notifications. This image is a “Little Corella” about to fly into a rainbow. I know that its not…

“Woah…take it easy man” - Frame 1 I had to share all three frames in this sequence to appropriately depict the scene. Not only is it a spectacular landing, old mate sitting on the branch makes me laugh, you can almost read its mind saying: “Woah…take it easy man”. These guys are a type of cockatoo called a “Little Corella”, similar to the common Sulphur-crested cockatoo, but easily distinguished, as they are smaller, with a white crest and distinct blue ring around their eyes. Wikipedia…

“Woah…take it easy man” - Frame 2 I had to share all three frames in this sequence to appropriately depict the scene. Not only is it a spectacular landing, old mate sitting on the branch makes me laugh, you can almost read its mind saying: “Woah…take it easy mani”. These guys are a type of cockatoo called a “Little Corella”, similar to the common Sulphur-crested cockatoo, but easily distinguished, as they are smaller, with a white crest and distinct blue ring around their eyes. Wikipedia…

“Woah…take it easy man” - Frame 3 I had to share all three frames in this sequence to appropriately depict the scene. Not only is it a spectacular landing, old mate sitting on the branch makes me laugh, you can almost read its mind saying: “Woah…take it easy man”. These guys are a type of cockatoo called a “Little Corella”, similar to the common Sulphur-crested cockatoo, but easily distinguished, as they are smaller, with a white crest and distinct blue ring around their eyes. Wikipedia…

“Wally the Friendly Wombat” Head over to my Facebook page fb.com/joshbettphotography to see a behind the scenes video of how I captured this photo. This is Wally the Friendly Wombat, I met Wally on a bush walk yesterday and he spent over an hour modelling for me, he is the friendliest Wombat ever! This photo was taken on a section of The Hume & Hovell Walking Track, just South-East of Tumbarumba, NSW. Wally is a Common wombat, which are found in cooler parts of southern and eastern…

“Moonlit Cockatoo” I generally don’t use black & white in my wildlife photography, with the exception of the odd one that I feel is best for the image. In this instance it works best because it was shot just after the sun went down, the low light, fast shutter and zoomed focal length meant I had to use a high ISO and brighten more in post, resulting in a dull grainy image. However I liked many things about this capture; the composition, moon background, detail of the feathers and even finer…