A Tail of Birds and Frogs

I’m still camping at Chevallan Archery Park and each morning I would wake up to the most beautiful bird calls, so I decided that I would try and capture some of their early morning songs.

Not the sound I’m looking for

I started off taking photos of the Magpie but whenever I got close to them they would stop singing.

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Over the other side of the creek I could hear the kookaburra laughing in the Gum Trees but they were nowhere to be seen.

I then thought I would try my luck with the little pea wee, but once I got close to them I realised that they just made the high pitch screech, this was not the sound I was looking for.

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I walked down to the dam to find something nice by the waters edge and found geese with some little babies but the male was going off at me warning me to stay clear.

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Pied Butcherbird

So I thought that this was not going to work out as planned and was heading back to my tent disappointed.

After about 15min I managed to take a photo of the Pied Butcherbird with the moon setting in the background.

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Then I heard a beautiful sound of other Pied Butcherbirds calling to one another.

I started to walk closer to them, hoping they wouldn’t take flight and they remained singing on the gate.

They were producing some beautiful duets, this is exactly the sound that I could hear while in my tent each morning. I was mimic them the best I could unfortunately I sounded like a squeaky door.

This didn’t deter them at all and they would then repeat their beautiful duet again for me, this time I captured it on film.

My Video of the Pied Butcherbirds

Tree Frogs

Each morning I would relocate tree frogs from the outside toilet back down to the creek, somedays I would have one other days I would have two.

I would place them on a log by the waters edge and I must have looked like a tree with my skinny arms and legs as they would jump on to my arms, this happened a few times.

Eventually they would make the right choice and jump the other way into the creek, then climb a tree on the other side.


Today I thought that I would make a little video of the tree frogs as I released them back into the wild.

As it turned out they seemed to think they could do a much better job at filming than I could and saw the opportunity to jump on my camera while I was filming them.

My Video of the Tree Frogs


While filming or photographing wildlife have you ever had them jump on you ?


5 thoughts on “A Tail of Birds and Frogs

  1. Chris you have so much talent, I am very proud of you, love to see your work, In fact look forward to it, it makes my day. Some day someone will recognise how dedicated you are and offer you a job I just know it. Keep on doing what you love and follow your dreams x


  2. The frogs made me laugh! I loved it! I really think your picture of them managing the camera is a winner along with the one of the from almost pushing the camera button. I think they know what they are doing.
    The bird photo with the moon is also very nice.
    Both videos are very nicely done.
    I enjoy seeing your work.

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    1. The little guys had me in stitches when they took over my camera. Thank you so much for your kind comments, I did have a little time on my hands so could really think about my shots.
      The frog video I had semi pro video camera, tripod and a slider, that made the shots look so much smoother.
      The bird video was handheld and with my point and click camera.

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