So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite shots from this year :)
It's hard not to love those little tuffs of fluff sticking out 😍
I took these shots of this cutie pie early in the first week. The first flowers to open up this year were a LOT closer to the window than in previous years (this bunch was within 30-50 cm, but some were opening up between 0-10 cm away from the window! The only downside was that these were within the central window pane - i.e. right behind my monitor, making the ergonomics of getting a lens in there "challenging").
Pretty birdie on a stick
It's always a treat seeing the feats of gymnastics the silvereyes put on darting between branches and hanging from impossible perches.
For example, one night after work, there was a really strong easterly/noreasterly (seabreeze) blowing, just as 2-3 silvereyes were feasting on the bottlebrush. It was a super challenging but also super fun + rewarding little photoshoot trying to capture those 2-3 silvereyes as they flitted around the bottlebrush in a stiff breeze. The tallest branch was swaying violently back and forth (tracing a barf-inducing arc that was ~1m long at times), but yet, through this all they somehow just clung on and carried on calmly eating as if nothing was wrong.
Spot the birdie!
(This one is best viewed larger)