Best Wildlife Photography Locations in Australia: Lord Howe Island – NSW

Best Wildlife Photography Locations in Australia: Lord Howe Island – NSW

Lord Howe Island Woodhen

Lord Howe Island is a small island off the east coast of Australia. It is officially a part of New South Wales and can be accessed by flying from either Sydney or Brisbane. It is, without doubt, one of my favourite locations in Australia to visit with my camera. The air is clean, there are few cars and the island limits the number of visitors that can visit at one time.

Recently, there was a multi-million dollar vermin eradication program implemented, which will help the local birds and wildlife thrive. Birds are plentiful on Lord Howe Island. The truly angelic White Terns hover above your head around the island, making it quite easy to get shots of them in flight. Sooty Terns nest by the tens of thousands in spring (Australian spring), so depending on when you travel, you will see countless birds nesting right in front of you on the beach, either sitting on eggs or looking after their fluffy chicks.

The most famous bird on the island is the lord Howe Island Woodhen. This bird is only found on Lord Howe Island and nowhere else on earth! At one stage, there were only 30 or so birds left in the world, whereas nowadays there are an estimated 300+ individuals. The Lord Howe Island Woodhen can be seen frequently foraging on the ground around the island and are quite used to people.

If you have a passion for wildlife, nature or travel photography and would love to go on a small-number, professional photography adventure, please get in touch with Michael Snedic at WildNature Photo Expeditions. You can call him on 0408 941 965 or fill in this Contact Form and he will get back to you ASAP.

Best Wildlife Photography Locations in Australia: Lamington National Park – Queensland

Best Wildlife Photography Locations in Australia: Lamington National Park – Queensland

Regent Bowerbird

A two hour drive from Brisbane or a one hour fifteen minute drive from the Gold Coast, Lamington National Park is World Heritage listed for good reason. Habitats vary from subtropical and remnant rainforest, ancient Antarctic Beech forest, sclerophyll and eucalyptus forest. The variety of wildlife species, therefore, is incredibly varied. Birds and other wildlife are used to visitors, so can also often be photographed at close range. Some of the species of birds that frequent the Lamington National Park include the rare Albert’s Lyrebird, the Regent and Satin Bowerbird, Noisy Pitta and Eastern Spinebill (amongst 245 or so species of birds found in Lamington National Park). Mammal species include the cute macropod called the Red-necked Pademelon, which often frequent the visitor areas, as well as the nocturnal Brush-tailed and Ring-tailed possums which are regular visitors. Two of the many reptile species that can be seen and photographed include the Leaf-tailed Gecko and the pure black Land Mullet, Australia’s largest skink.

Wildlife photography in Lamington National Park is quite easy, as there are plenty of walking tracks where many of the wildlife frequent.

If you have a passion for wildlife, nature or travel photography and would love to go on a small-number, professional photography adventure, please get in touch with Michael Snedic at WildNature Photo Expeditions. You can call him on 0408 941 965 or fill in this Contact Form and he will get back to you ASAP.

Best Wildlife Photography Locations in Australia: Yellow Water – Kakadu N.P.

Best Wildlife Photography Locations in Australia: Yellow Water – Kakadu N.P.

Kakadu Photography Workshop

Australia is a true haven for wildlife photography, with so many different types of habitats being home to a plethora of varied wildlife species. There are lots of different habitats for wildlife to thrive in: islands, beaches, rainforests, eucalypt forests, granite country, snowfields, desert and the outback, to name but a few.

Having been a specialist wildlife/nature photographer here for the last 24 years and having presented photography tours for the last 17 years, I have traversed much of this amazing continent, camera-in-hand. In this article, my aim is to show you some of the BEST wildlife photography locations and experiences Australia has to offer.

Yellow Water – Kakadu National Park – Northern Territory

One of the most incredible bird and wildlife experiences in Australia can be found at ‘Yellow Water’, situated in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory. The unbelievable variety and number of birds (over 280 species) is truly breathtaking and many species such as the Comb-crested Jacana can be photographed at quite close range. Reptiles include Saltwater Crocodiles in large numbers (they can be photographed from the safety of a boat), as well iconic reptile species such as the Frill-necked Lizard, monitors and various other lizards and geckoes. Mammals species include the dingo, Northern Quolls, Agile and Short-eared Rock Wallabies as well as Bandicoots.

There are plenty of boat trips that cruise Yellow Water daily, where you will get to see and photograph wildlife to your heart’s content!!

Yellow Water is approximately 300kms from Darwin (Northern Territory capital). You can either hire a car and drive or book one of the buses that drive there direct.

If you have a passion for wildlife, nature or travel photography and would love to go on a small-number, professional photography adventure, please get in touch with Michael Snedic at WildNature Photo Expeditions. You can call him on 0408 941 965 or fill in this Contact Form and he will get back to you ASAP.

Macro Photography Workshop – Queensland

Where:

Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens, Toowong, Brisbane

When:

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

 

 

Time:

8am to 11.00am

Cost:

$145.00 (plus GST)

Colour Explosion

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Would you like to learn how to best take great photos of tiny macro subjects? In this half-day photographic workshop, Michael will teach you how achieve sharp, evenly-lit and well-composed photos of anything “macro”.

You will be shown how to use different types of lenses and extension tubes, as well as ways to achieve perfect lighting using various flash methods, diffusers and reflectors. Depth-of-field, an important component of macro photography, will be discussed at length as well as the best ways to steady your camera/lens. Best composition methods will be covered as well. Our subjects will include various types of flowers in bloom, cacti, insects and more.

Grevillea

Macro Photographic Tips and Techniques

This course will cover:

  • Aperture/Depth-Of-Field
  • Recommended Shutter Speeds for different situations
  • Focal styles
  • Focal points
  • Metering
  • Composition
  • Lighting/Flash Use
  • Common Pitfalls to Avoid
  • And much more!

Sunrise fungi

Itinerary:

  • 8am – Meet at the café entrance at the bottom of the car park (Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens)
  • There will a brief session covering the best types of equipment recommended for macro photography. You will then be instructed you on various macro photography techniques “in-the-field”.
  • 9.30am  – Morning tea and photography chat
  • We will work our way around the gardens showing you how to achieve the best macro results in-camera.
  • 11am – finish

Dew on leaves

How To Book:

To book your place, please use the contact form and Michael will send you payment details.

Macro Photography Workshop

Please note: This workshop is limited to 8 participants. This will ensure that you receive comprehensive personal tuition from Michael.

Michael Snedic Paper Daisy

Weekend Bunya Mountains Bird Photography Workshop – Queensland

Eastern Spinebill

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of November 2020

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Come and spend two days in Queensland’s beautiful Bunya Mountains region, photographing the many species of birds found there in spring.

The workshop is hosted by professional wildlife photographer and tutor, Michael Snedic.

satin bowerbird

Where:

Bunya Mountains - Queensland

When:

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th of November 2020

Time:

7am start on Saturday with a 4pm finish

7am start on Sunday with a 2pm finish

Price:

$495 (plus GST) per person for photography tuition

(Does not include accommodation and meals - please see below.)

Spottd Pardalote

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Grass Tree in mist - Bunya Mountains - Qld

Red-necked Wallabies Bunya Mountains. Qld

Itinerary:

Saturday

Our first session starts with Michael presenting a session on how to photograph birds, no matter what camera you own or level of experience you have. Subjects covered will include composition, apertures and depth-of-field, recommended shutter speeds, focus points, metering, lighting as well as the best photographic equipment to use for great bird photos.

During the next session, we will head into the rainforest for some rainforest bird photography, where Michael will give tips on how to achieve great shots in different lighting conditions.

After lunch, there will be a session on using flash for bird photography.

displaying riflebird - juvenile male

Sunday

This morning we head out to ‘Grass Tree Country’. Here we will spend the first half of the day photographing the birds that live there. Species found may include Spotted Pardalotes, Mistletoe birds, various honeyeaters and many more.

After morning tea, we will spend time searching for the Satin Bower birds in their bowers, plus other species.

       After lunch, there will be a session on how to best capture birds-in-flight.

For our last session of the day, there will be a ‘Question and Answer’ session, where Michael will endeavour to help you with any issues you may still have with your bird photography.

Noisy Pitta

Topics Covered Include:

  • Composition
  • Recommended Aperture
  • Recommended Shutter Speeds and ISO
  • Focal Points
  • Focus Styles
  • Metering
  • Exposure Compensation (for Aperture Priority)
  • Flash Use
  • Lighting
  • Hand-held versus Monopod
  • Recommended Photographic Accessories
  • And Much More…

rose robin

Accommodation:

Choose whichever type of accommodation suits your needs and budget. You may camp in the nearby Parks and Wildlife campground or choose to rent one of the many houses available for rent.

The link HERE takes you to the QP&WS, where you can book a campsite.

The link HERE takes you to the Bunya Mountains Accommodation Centre, where you can book accommodation or call the staff for more information.

Food:

Please bring your own (there is a small shop at the campground where you can buy some essentials). There are also restaurants/cafes available if you would like to buy your meals.

Temperature:

The Bunya Mountains are much cooler in summer than places such as Brisbane and the Gold Coast, due to its elevation.

Lewin's Honeyeater

How to book:

For more information on this workshop or to book your place, please contact Michael on +61 408 941 965 or by using the contact form.

Maximum 8 participants

This workshop is covered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service permits.

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