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Exposure: Alexander Choi

Alexander Choi combines his passions of photography and bird watching by photographing the wildlife he observes.

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Alexander Choi

Photographer: Alexander Choi

Shooting subject: Wildlife

Equipment: Canon EOS 30D, Sigma 170-500mm lens.

Alexander Choi began exploring photography at the age of 13, when he was given a film SLR by his father.

More recently, he took an interest in observing birds and wildlife, which led to combining his passions by photographing the animals he sees. Through practice, his bird watching skills have progressed to a level where he can identify the type of bird and its distance by listening to its call.

Eastern Blue-tongued lizard
This Eastern Blue-tongued lizard is one of the most breathtaking living creatures I have ever seen. She just turned up in my garden one day without any notice, and after being scared away initially, returned with a little bit more confidence so I could capture this shot.
Image details: 1/200 sec : f/6.3 : 500mm : ISO 640

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Little Wattlebird eating nectar
I observed this bird for quite a while before taking the shot so I could capture it in an undisturbed environment.
Image details: 1/250 sec : f/6.3 : 500mm : ISO 640
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Little Wattlebird close-up
This is a close-up of the same Wattlebird as the previous shot.
Image details: 1/200 sec : f/6.3 : 500mm : ISO 640
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Nutmeg Mannikins
Also known as a Spice Finches, these Nutmeg Mannikins are an introduced species to Australia. It was hard for me to identify them as the chicks look quite similar to other species.
Image details: 1/400 sec : f/10 : 500mm : ISO 640
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New Holland Honeyeaters
Although this kind of bird is very social, they are still very shy toward people. I followed this Honeyeater for quite a long time to get this picture; she showed off her flight skills once she realised she was in no danger of being harmed.
Image details: 1/160 sec : f/6.3 : 500mm : ISO 400
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Rainbow Lorikeet scratching
Rainbow Lorikeet shots were among the first subjects of my early bird photography. I was fascinated with them when I first started to observe birds at a young age.
Image details: 1/200 sec : f/5.6 : 453mm : ISO 400
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Rainbow Lorikeet
This shot of a Rainbow Lorikeet was taken while I was observing another bird. Suddenly, I noticed this bird walking on the very end of the branch, providing a beautiful composition for a photo.
Image details: 1/250 sec : f/6.3 : 500mm : ISO 400
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Red-browed Finches
These rare finches were found in the almost untouched Wolli Creek Valley area, south-west of Sydney.
Image details: 1/125 sec : f/6.3 : 500mm : ISO 640
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Silvereye
This small bird, also called a Wax-eye, was found in the Turrella reserve inside the Wolli Creek Valley.
Image details: 1/250 sec : f/14 : 500mm : ISO 400
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Spotted Pardalote
The Spotted Pardalote has an unusual profile with a calling similar to that of a bug. During the breeding season, the male develops a beautiful, exotic-coloured body.
Image details: 1/200 sec : f/6.3 : 500mm : ISO 640
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Variegated Fairy-Wren
The Variegated Fairy-Wren lives in diverse habitats spread across most of Australia. The brightly coloured breeding male is by far the most exotic-looking with its blue crown and ear coverts; non-breeding males, females and juveniles have predominantly grey-brown plumage.
Image details: 1/320 sec : f/8.0 : 500mm : ISO 640
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White-plumed Honeyeaters
This pair of White-plumed Honeyeaters was one of my early bird-watching sightings.
Image details: 1/320 sec : f/16 : 500mm : ISO 400

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