Indian Minor Birds in a Tree

Australia, Autmn, colours, Nature, photography, Sydney, vibrant

On a brisk autumns morning here in Sydney, I was observing some of the commonly seen Indian Minor birds. The birds are interestingly viewed as pests to many people, although they are under protection.

They can be aggressive and competitive, which puts a certain risk on many of the native animals. For example the birds are seen competing to make their nests in tree hollows, which means many animals such as sugar glider, possums etc. are without a habitat.


Although, they can seem pretty intense little birds, they sure do take a good photo!

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Empress Austen

The purple flower

Autmn, flower, Nature, photography

When exploring a garden I always look for the key thing, which for me is the centre of the flower. I find that the most amazing flowers always have amazing coloured, or shaped middles.

I seem to find all of my gem flowers in my hometown of New Zealand although Australia has much to offer, the best is always the well watered and surrounded by green, NZ flowers.

I actually am hoping to get a farm so I can visit New Zealand more often, and then I can take more photographs of the beauty that New Zealand has to offer. Things I am hoping to explore more (because I love taking photos of them) are more detailed and smaller objects because people often miss out on the detail that nature has to offer. Things like frost and insects are things people don’t tend to visualise up – close.

I will be posting more regularly now, because I have finished most of my major work.

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Empress Austen

Flight of The Bees

Autmn, Bee, Nature

After wandering in the vineyards in Martinborough, New Zealand, I noticed the large population of bees. It was truly amazing, I could probably safely say there were at least 10 different species of bees. From the unmistakable Genus Apis (honey bee) to the good old bumble bee (Bombus) these bees were soaking up the sun in the cool dew of the early morning.

Funny enough after being amongst the bees and the beautiful Agapanthus – which I seem to see a lot of – I wandered down to the local town with Waka the black Labrador and bought some fresh Manuka honey, which happens to be in my opinion the best honey, and it is used as a medicine in some cases, due to its complex substances which seem to induce pain relief, healing and carrying of bad substance out of the body.

I recommend Martinborough as a place to go as it is so rich in country culture and wildlife.

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Empress Austen