O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Lamington National Park, Queensland

Elabana Falls

One of Australia's Top Birding Destinations

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat is nestled amongst the World Heritage listed Lamington National Park, described as a "living museum of the evolutionary steps taken in the development of Australia’s modern day flora."

The park includes 22,000 hectares of varying forest types that are home to over 160 species of birds, as well as reptiles, frogs, mammals (including lots of very CUTE pademelons) and invertebrates.

In other words, it's somewhere any self-respecting self-appointed 'nature-lover' would LOVE.  It also happens to be one of THE birding destinations in Australia. 

The Location

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat provides excellent, reasonably priced accommodation and is undoubtedly a great place to stay if you are visiting the park. They even have campgrounds for the budget conscious. And best of all, the retreat is conveniently located just a two hour drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Now that is civilised!

Map of Queensland showing Lamington National Park

Map showing location of O'Reilly's Retreat within Lamington National Parl, Queensland

 

Fire & Climate Change

Recently a massive fire swept through parts of the park, damaging 440 hectares of unique sub-tropical rainforest. Fortunately, it did not reach O'Reilly's. 

Ordinarily, rainforests are fire retardant and Griffith University researcher Patrick Norman told ABC's 7.30 Report, "I would never have thought this large a swathe of rainforest could burn in this park."

Retired NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Mullins said:

"We've never experienced fire conditions like that in September, let alone in the first week of September...
There are clear warning signs that climate change is already having an effect.
We've seen this west of Mackay in December last year, we've seen World Heritage areas in Tasmania burning, the Mount Hyland Nature Reserve up near Armidale, that's burning now." 

Whatever you believe is the reason for the climate changing, there can be no denying that it is happening and that's its effects are going to be catastrophic for our nature. If we can do something to alleviate the impact, why wouldn't we? Why don't we?

 

Before you Go

Assuming that the rainforest is still there by the time you head off to take lots of amazing rainforest bird images, there are a couple of things you should check to make sure that you will get the most from it:

- Time of Year:  You should always double-check what time of year is best to ensure you get the most from the trip. For instance, in some months, the regent bowerbirds and green catbirds are less prevalent than at other times around the lodge. Also, breeding can have an impact on the visibility and behaviour of species. Species, like the Paradise Riflebird, have unqiue and impressive courting rituals that are worth a trip on their own. Similarly the Australian Logrunner does a little dance on top of, you guessed it, a log (as I witnessed), in the breeding season. Decide what kinds of images and birds you are after and plan your trip around this. Research and planning are critical.

- Rain:  It is a rainforest, so be prepared for wet weather. A simple plastic bag (open at both ends and and secured in place with tape or rubber bands) can do a great job of providing a cheap rain cover for lens and camera.

- Leeches: It's a good idea to wear leech socks as, in some seasons, the evil little critters are everywhere. 

- Be prepared for low light: see below.

Low Light Photography

When you first arrive, there is no doubting that you might feel a lttle overwhelmed. So many birds, so little time, sooo many trees blocking out any light from the sun... Yes, rainforests come with their own unique challenges - such as potentially extremely low light.

But this is where knowing how to use your camera and how to push it to its limits becomes incredibly important. This is not just low-light photography - its super-low-light photography. In fact, many photographers will tell you not to bother unless you have a flash.  Certainly if you want to be sure to get large, bright, super clean (no digital noise) and crisp shots of rainforest birds, then you will need to come to grips with flash. If you are that way inclined, then you can do no better than get a copy of Glenn Bartley's Flash Simplified E-Book which shows you exactly what you need to do to get natural looking images using a touch (not a truckload) of fill flash.

However, I'm here to tell you that if you don't have a flash or like me, actually detest the danged thing, then there is light at the end of this tunnel.  You can still get good images and if you have time, you can even get unique and beautiful images utilising the light/dark extremes of the forest floor. However, to do this you must come to grips with your cameras settings and you should probably shoot in manual because you'll be needing to make potentially extreme adjustments to ISO, shutter speed and aperture (as you will see from my images below).  Also, never forget the number one rule of low light photography: never, EVER, underexpose at a high ISO.

Digital Noise Reduction

In addition, you will need to come to grips with how to post-process your images to reduce digital noise, particularly selective noise reduction.  In the majority of the images below I have either used selective noise reduction in Adobe Lightroom to remove digital noise from the backgrounds (but not touching the bird) OR, where digital noise was particularly bad, I have used a specific noise reduction software, in this case DFine (the Nik Collection), in Adobe Photoshop to automaticaly calculate and remove digital noise from the whole image. 

The Photos

I have divided my photos up into several categories:

  • Parrots. Parrots. Did Somebody Say Parrots?
  • Bowerbird Beauties (Satin and Regent Bowerbirds)
  • Many Ways to Cook a (Brush) Turkey 
  • Fifty Shades of Yellow (dozens of Eastern Yellow Robins)
  • Other Likely Suspects (other bird species you may encounter)
  • Pademelon Mania
  • Some More Scenery

    As you can see, there are so many different kinds of things to photograph that it can be hard to stay focussed (pardon the pun) and perfect any type of image. 

    However, I hope these images will at least give you an idea of what to expect and what kinds of settings, techniques and equipment I used to get them.

    Parrots. Parrots. Did somebody say parrots?

    Australian King Parrot at OReilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland

    Australian King Parrot (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F6.3, 1/4000, ISO1250.  This tree is just in front of the cabins (near the lawn where they do the Birds of Prey Show) so keep a lookout and you will be able to get this exact shot as the birds always land in the same spots.

     

    Crimson Rosella eating blossoms

    Crimson Rosella (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm USM Lens II, F4, 1/640, ISO1600


    Crimson Rosella

    Crimson Rosella (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm USM Lens II, F4, 1/320, ISO8000


    Australian King Parrot

    Australian King Parrot (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/1600, ISO3200.  


    Crimson Rosella

    Crimson Rosella (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm USM Lens II, F4.5, 1/500, ISO3200


    Australian King Parrot - Oreilly's Rainforest retreat in Lamington National Park, Queensland

    Australian King Parrot (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/1000, ISO3200.  Feeding in the trees in front of the cafe.


    Australian King Parrot against a white background

    Australian King Parrot (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5, 1/640, ISO1600.  It was a cloudy sky and I needed to over-expose (ie override the camera's meter reading and apply positive exposure compensation) by 2 or more stops (because I shoot in manual I can't tell you exactly how much I applied). By doing this the backrgound becomes almost completely white but I don't mind as I like the 'Hi-Key' effect and it was necessary to ensure that I attained maximum detail in the bird.  You will see elsewhere in this artile that I have used this technique on other birds.


    Australian King Parrot - Oreilly's Rainforest retreat in Lamington National Park, Queensland

    Australian King Parrot (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/500, ISO1600.  This beautiful boy was in the trees near the bird feeding station so it was very easy to get a close-up of him.  I don't like feeding stations but when the opportunity presents itself (as long as it's not live bait) I do try to get close-ups of birds that I would otherwise not be able to get in the bush.


    Crimson Rosella

    Crimson Rosella (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm USM Lens II, F5, 1/2500, ISO1600


    Australian King parrot

    Australian King Parrot (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/500, ISO800


    Crimson Rosella - Lamington National Park

    Crimson Rosella (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5, 1/1250, ISO1250. Ditto above re feeding station. In this case, I made sure to position myself so that the bird was in the light and behind it was shadow. I then used negative exposure compensation to underexpose the shadows and get the 'blackground' effect. 

     Crimson Rosella feeding

    Crimson Rosella (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/400, ISO1250. It's always best to capture birds in their natural surrounds eating natural food, unmanipulated by people.


    very naughty crimson rosella eating sugar

    Crimson Rosella (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/800, ISO2500. This very, VERY naughty rosella was stealing and eating the sugar. A lady tried to take the sugar packet off him but the bird won, as you can see...

    Bowerbird Beauties 

     

    Regent Bowerbird (male)

    Regent Bowerbird (male) (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/1600, ISO5000.  This male was checking me out from the roof. I added about 3 stops of positive exposure compensation to make sure that I got some detail in the bird but even then, against that bright light, it was hard for the camera to pick up the bird's fine feather detail in the black and gold feathers. 

     
    Satin Bowerbird

    Satin Bowerbird (male) (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/1250, ISO640.  The sun was rising and hitting this bird but not yet the mountains behind so I took the opportunity to get a moody shot by exposing for the bird and keeping the background in the shadow.

     

     

    Regent male and female bowerbird

    Regent Bowerbird (male and female) (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/4000, ISO3200.  Not the greatest photo (big crop) but hey - almost a great shot of the male and female cross-over!


    Regent Bowerbird (female) Oreilly's rainforest retreat

    Regent Bowerbird (female) (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/800, ISO640.  Very similar to the one above - same place, same time - different bird in slightly different position.


    Satin Bowerbird (female) at Oreilly's Retreat, Lamington National Park, Queensland

    Satin Bowerbird (female) (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F6.3, 1/4000, ISO1250.  This tree is just in front of the cabins (near the lawn where they do the Birds of Prey Show) so make sure to keep a lookout and you will be able to get this exact shot as the birds always land in the same spots.

    Satin Bowerbird (female)

    Satin Bowerbird (female) (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/1000, ISO3200.  


    Regent Bowerbird (female) against the moon

    Regent Bowerbird (female) (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F18, 1/800, ISO640.  This pine tree is just in front of the cabins (near the lawn where they do the Birds of Prey Show) - again, birds are always landing on the top spike. I noticed the moon and decided to move to position the bird in the moon. I used a large depth of field to try and get more detail in the moon (so it wasn't just a white blob). Unfortunately, I slightly underexposed the image so I ended up with a fair bit of digital noise but at least you get an idea of the potential to photograph different images like this.

    Regent Bowerbird (female)

    Regent Bowerbird (female) (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/800, ISO640.  


    Many Ways to Cook a (Brush) Turkey

    Australian Brush-turkey

    Australian Brush-turkey in the rain (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/1600, ISO1250.  I love a bit of rain for atmosphere. The trick is to photograph against a dark background so the raindrops stand out.


    Australian Brush-turkey in the rain

    Australian Brush-turkey in the rain (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/1000, ISO1250


     Australian Brush-turkey  (OReilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland)

    Australian Brush-turkey (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/500, ISO1600

     Australian Brush-turkey

    Australian Brush-turkey (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/1250, ISO3200.  As you may have guessed, there were a LOT of brush-turkeys around the retreat. Where you have birds habituated to humans in this way, it is a great opportunity to try and get some detailed head shots. They are fascinating birds but often overlooked because they are so common. 

      Australian Brush-turkey (OReilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/1250, ISO3200.

    Australian Brush-turkey (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/2000, ISO1250.  This guy was walking across the roof of the retreat. I took the opportunity to shoot him with that clean white background - which you can rarely get with a brush-turkey. Keep your eyes open and opportunities for 'different' shots and angles are everywhere.  Again, I needed to over-expose by up to 3 stops to ensure the bird was not just a silhouette.



    Fifty Shades of Yellow

    Eastern Yellow Robins are in plague proportions so, if you are after a good shot of this bird, this is the place to go! 

    Eastern Yellow Robin on branch

    Eastern Yellow Robin on branch (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm Lens (@271mm), F5.6, 1/250, ISO5000.  It is dark in the rainforest so you need to up your ISO and reduce your shutter speed


    Eastern Yellow Robin on branch (OReilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland)

    Eastern Yellow Robin on branch (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/2.8 100mm Macro, F2.8, 1/400, ISO5000.  It is dark in the rainforest so you need to up your ISO and reduce your shutter speed.


    Eastern Yellow Robin on branch (OReilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland)

    Eastern Yellow Robin on branch (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm lens, F5.6, 1/500, ISO10000.  It is dark in the rainforest so you need to up your ISO and reduce your shutter speed.


    Eastern Yellow Robin and fungi

    Eastern Yellow Robin and Fungi friends (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm Lens (@400mm), F5.6, 1/4000, ISO400.  

      

    Eastern Yellow Robin

    Eastern Yellow Robin (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm Lens (@400mm), F5.6, 1/8000, ISO3200.  As with the brush-turkey, I took the opportunity to try and take different kinds of images of the robins as they were very friendly (used to being fed). In this case, I used the 'blackground' technique that I have described previously and then cropped down the middle of the poor bird's head. 


     Eastern Yellow Robin (OReilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland)

    Eastern Yellow Robin (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm Lens (@400mm), F5.6, 1/200, ISO6400.  

    Eastern Yellow Robin

    Eastern Yellow Robin (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm Lens (@400mm), F4 1/1600, ISO1250.  

    Eastern Yellow Robin

    Eastern Yellow Robin (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm Lens, F4 1/500, ISO3200.  

     Eastern Yellow Robin

    Eastern Yellow Robin (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm Lens (@400mm), F5.6, 1/2500, ISO3200.  


    Other Likely Suspects  

    Australian Logrunner performing

    Australian Logrunner (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/160, ISO 5000.  Photographed on the rainforest boardwalk.  I was so surprised and excited when this little fellow started to perform like a pork chop on a fungi-laden branch that I didn't have time to think - I am so angry at myself that I did not reposition to avoid that branch in the foreground - but, hey, that is nature photography done naturally. You can't predict and you don't always have time to think about the best shot - you just want ANY shot. I'm still happy to have captured this unexpected behaviour in such low light even if it's not the 'perfect' shot.

     

    Eastern Whipbird at Oreilly's Retreat, Lamington National Park, Queensland

    Eastern Whipbird (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/640, ISO1000.  Photographed near the little church. 


    Green Catbird

    Green Catbird (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/500, ISO5000. Photographed from the rainforest boardwalk. I was sitting on the boardwalk waiting for something to happen when this bird appeared for 2 seconds and then was gone. Patience is often rewarded. No baiting, no call playback, no set-up - just letting nature come to you.


    Grey Shrike-thrush (OReilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland)

    Grey Shrike-thrush (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/400, ISO5000. I used DFine2 software to reduce the digital noise in this image.


    White-browed Scrubwren

    White-browed Scrubwren (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F4.5, 1/200, ISO2500.


    White-browed Scrubwren

    White-browed Scrubwren (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F7.1, 1/200, ISO6400.  The bird's eye is not, unfortunately, in pin-sharp focus so this shot was a bit of a fail. However, it does show the potential in a rainforest to get interesting habitat images. These fungi were beside the rainforest boardwalk. The birds were frequent visitors so it was just a matter of sitting and waiting - if you have the time and patience, you will get the shot eventually. The most important part is being able to visualise and see the opportunities.


    Superb Fairy-wren

    Superb Fairy-wren (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/8000, ISO800.  


    Lewin's Honeyeater at Lamington National Park, Queensland

    Lewin's Honeyeater (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/800, ISO3200. Again they are very friendly around the retreat so I took the opportunity to get a good sharp head shot.

     

    White-headed Pigeon

    White-headed Pigeon (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5,6, 1/600, ISO2000.  This pigeon was on the roof of the cafe. I was shooting up against the white sky and I have cropped to take out the gutter. I like white on white though perhaps it's a bit too much here... what do you think?


    Red-browed Finch

    Red-browed Finch (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/2000, ISO1600.  The finches were often feeding on the lawns around the chalets so keep your eyes out for them and don't forget to get low (after all, who doesn't mind lying down on a bit of grass?)!


    Paradise Riflebird

    Paradise Riflebird (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F5,6, 1/1000, ISO1250.  Not the perfect shot but at least I got one!  These birds are sooooo beautiful and I would go back in a heartbeat just to photograph them. We also saw the female searching for bugs underneath the bark of the trees around the retreat.  This species, being a bird of paradise, has a spectacular courting ritual so, if you can, make sure you time your visit around when they are performing and find out from locals where to best see it. Apparently the males have their favourite 'performance' perches. Research and planning can make the difference between a good photo and a great one.


    Wonga Pigeon

    Wonga Pigeon (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4.5, 1/640, ISO3200.  


    Red-browed Finch at Lamington National Park, Queensland

    Red-browed Finch (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/3200, ISO400.  These birds come in to feed off the grain on the ground at the bird feeding station. It's not the most attractive setting but you can make it more photogenic by getting low and trying to shoot so that something in the foreground (eg higher ground, grass) obscures the grain and cement they are standing on and creates a 'pleasing' foregound blur.

     Pied Currawong

    Pied Currawong (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/160, ISO800.  


    Pademelon Mania 

    Young Pademelon checking me out at Oreilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland

    Red-necked Pademelon (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II, F5.6, 1/640, ISO1600.  The best places to see and photograph the pademelons are around the camping grounds and in the mornings and evenings on the lawn area where they hold the Birds of Prey flight show.


    Red0necked Pademelon

    Red-necked Pademelon (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/640, ISO3200.


    Red-necked Pademelon

    Red-necked Pademelon (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/800, ISO3200.


    Red-ncked Pademelon

    Red-necked Pademelon (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/800, ISO5000.


    Red-necked Pademelon at Oreillys rainforest retreat

    Red-necked Pademelon (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/640, ISO5000.


     Red-necked Pademelon (OReilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/640, ISO5000.

    Red-necked Pademelon (O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, Canon F/4 600mm IS USM Lens II, F4, 1/640, ISO5000.


    The Birds of  Prey Show 

    Barn Owl - Birds of Prey show at O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

    Barn Owl (Birds of Prey Flight Show - O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II (@200mm), F5, 1/5000, ISO400.  A white bird in bright sunshine against a neutral backrgound can easily blow out unless you watch your highlights. Turn on your blinkies (Highlights Alert) on your camera and underexpose until the 'highlights' stop flashing (when reviewing image).


    Wedge-tailed Eagle - Birds of Prey show Lamington National Park

    Wedge-tailed Eagle (Birds of Prey Flight Show - O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat, Queensland): Canon EOS-1D X, Canon 100-400mm IS USM Lens II (@200mm), F5, 1/5000, ISO400.  


    Some More Scenery

    Lamington National Park forest

     Rainforest Walk (Lamington National Park, Queensland): Canon 1Dx, Canon 16-35mm lens (@16mm), F11, 3.2secs, ISO100, Live View, Tripod (Sirui), Daylight (White Balance) and polariser.


    View from OReilly's Rainforest Retreat of Lamington National Park

    Sunset from O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat (Lamington National Park, Queensland): Canon 1Dx, Canon 100-400mm lens (@170mm), F11, 1/80sec, ISO100, Live View, Tripod (Sirui), -2 Stops EC.  Panorama (2 stack in Adobe Lightroom).

     

      Rainforest Walk (Lamington National Park, Queensland): Canon 1Dx, Canon 16-35mm lens (@16mm), F11, 3.2secs, ISO100, Live View, Tripod (Sirui), Daylight (White Balance) and polariser.

     Rainforest Walk (Lamington National Park, Queensland): Canon 1Dx, Canon 16-35mm lens (@16mm), F8, 0.6secs, ISO250, Live View, Tripod (Sirui), Daylight (White Balance) and polariser, Exposure bracketing (3 stack in Adobe Lightroom).

    View from OReilly's Rainforest Retreat of Lamington National Park

    Sunset at Moran Falls (Lamington National Park, Queensland): Canon 1Dx, Canon 16-35mm lens (@26mm), F22, 2.5sec, ISO100 ), Live View, Tripod (Sirui), -2.7 Stops EC.  Exposure bracketing (3 stack in Adobe Lightroom).


    Fungi in Lamington National Park

    Rainforest Walk (Lamington National Park, Queensland): Canon 1Dx, Canon 16-35mm lens (@16mm), F8, 3.2secs, ISO250, Live View, Tripod (Sirui), Daylight (White Balance) and polariser.

    Elabana Falls (Lamington National Park, Queensland)

    Elabana Falls (Lamington National Park, Queensland): Canon 1Dx, Canon 16-35mm lens, F11, 0.8secs, ISO100, Live View, Tripod (Sirui), Daylight (White Balance) and polariser.

     

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