If you told me six months ago i would be today creeping through the coastal forests of NSW hunting birds i would have rolled my eyes and laughed at you. I have always been interested in photography and image making but I now have bought a decent DSLR, a super telephoto lens and find myself instead of getting up early to catch waves, getting up early to catch Australian native birds in the view finder of a camera! What started as the desire to create a nice photo is quickly developing into an obsession. Every time i get a good shot of a new bird, i race home to refer to my field guide, i then slip the SD card into the computer and see what i really have – the sense of anticipation is almost like watching an image emerge before your eyes in the days of film and paper.
Some days i walk the coastal rain forest or mangroved rivers and get no keepers but when i see a bird i have not photographed or when a bird graces my screen that i have been chasing for a while the sense of excitement is amazing. I have been chasing a shot of an Eastern Whip Bird since the start on this journey but alas the beautiful, extremely elusive and enigmatic creature eludes me. Every day i set out imagining its crested head and deep olive green wings in my frame, every day i feel i get closer to that perfect shot, i know it will come but it hasn’t come yet.