He has taken numerous wonderful images over the past 12 months … everything from miniature fungi in the rainforest to birds of prey in all their menacing magnificence. We asked wildlife photographer Jim Thomson for his favourite subjects for the year just gone.
This is a small bird usually found along creeks, which is where I found this one.
It may be small but it makes a magnificent little nest in the shape of a pear, with an entrance near the top with a canopy over the entrance.
I was fortunate because this was in a good position to photograph, hanging just over the edge of the creek on the Central coast. The bird is very fast in approaching the nest which was in a shady position, ideal for short duration flash which would freeze the bird in flight.
Rainbow Bee Eater
These guys are a joy to photograph. The Bee Eaters usually are found in these parts in October as they arrive from north Queensland. They can be spotted all along our river system where they will be pairing up for the breeding season. They burrow holes into the river banks and usually have chicks around the Christmas period.
After that they will return to Queensland in March or sometimes April. It is amazing to watch them as they fly with great speed collecting insects in flight.
They're certainly one of our most attractive birds and if you’re fortunate you’ll get some really striking images.
This is another very attractive small bird that also makes a small, hanging nest.
Like the Brown Gerygone, I was pretty lucky in that it was close at hand – in the Seaham wetlands – and relatively easy to get at, which in wildlife photgraphy is not always the case.
The nest was only half a metre above ground, under the edge of a bush.
Again, like the Gerygone, the birds approach the nest with great speed … but not fast enough to stop the Canon system from freezing the action. This little bird was one of my finds this season.
Finally, I had a great day photographing Sea Eagles in the Hawkesbury River area.
What magnificent birds they are. The best time to photograph them is in the early morning as they swoop down to grab their unsuspecting prey.
When I was there they also had two immature birds that were learning to hunt. Like their parents they would swoop down on their prey – but unlike mum and dad, a lot of the time they would miss the catch completely.