In November, we visited Grants Picnic Ground in the Sherbrook Forest (Off Monbulk Rd, Belgrave) to allow me to take some photos. I thought it might be nice to bring my daughter and wife along to see some of the birds. The park offers a fenced feeding area / cafe where you can purchase seeds to feed the birds (Grants on Sherbrooke), however in the Picnic areas outside of this you can also use the Barbeques, but feeding of the birds is prohibited.The trip was fantastic, with many birds (mainly the Cockatoo), but also some Rosella's and even a Laughing Kookaburra.Given good weather, I would

The Sulfur Crested Cockatoo are a common bird around our area, and because of that they present a great opportunity for me to practice my birds in flight. I will spare with information about the birds specifically as I have provided that previously here, however, my images of the birds in flight are shown below.The images were taken with a Nikon D5300 digital camera and a Tamron 150-600mm super fisheye lens. In order to capture the birds moving in flight, the shutter speed had to be fast (around 1/1000 or greater) and order to achieve this I used a low aperture and also used Auto-ISO

Every now and again I 'cheat' by way of photography and these Cockatoo shots are no exception. Sometimes so as to not be anti-social I don't want to be out waiting for birds to land to try and get photos and want to be able to set the camera up and just 'leave' it to take some photos. Thankfully some years ago my lovely wife got me a motion trigger for my camera which allows me to do this. These are fairly common and available on ebay, and all you do is set the sensitivity of the motion detector and leave it in an appropriate