Bugs 'n' other Critters
My name is Erica Siegel, birds have been my special
love since moving into my present Redland home 20 years ago. There
were birds in the 21 hectares of bush next door I had neither
seen or even knew existed. Different native species all around on a
daily basis. Then 1
years later the bulldozers arrived, cleared most
of the bush for housing and the little birds all disappeared, some
right away, others like the Double-barred Finches and a pair of
White-throated Honeyeaters hung on for another 18 months but one day
they too were gone. It truly was paradise lost.
Then a few years ago I took up art again and started to
paint the little birds I no longer see and dearly miss.
this grew a need for reference photos and therefore a need for photography.
This quickly grew into a passion, not only for recording the birds I
saw but I discovered the small creatures we walk past each day
without even knowing they are there or considering them worthy of a
So I started
recording the small creatures I saw.
This led to
wanting a place for these recordings and to be able to share then
with others interested in our wonderful creatures, great and
I mentioned I
would like to have my own website for permanently recording my
sightings of birds and other critters to Jim Bennett, administrator of British
Isles Wildlife Forum, and no sooner said and he started designing a
website! His first ever and what a great job it is too! I'm deeply
indebted to Jim, whom I have never met. He not only designed this
website but taught me via skype what to do and how to do it so I
could fill the pages with the images I prepared following emailed instructions from my friend Pia, from
the camera club. Thank you, Pia !
go to Nick Monaghan ( www
lifeunseen.com.au ), passionate amateur entomologist and macro
photographer, who generously gave his time to identify some of the
insects I photographed and I also take this opportunity to thank the
staff from Queensland Museum for identifying a variety of my insects and critters, their ongoing help
is much appreciated.
from Redlands IndigiScape Centre, who can call a bird out of the
trees, deserves credit for many of the bird sightings recorded
during the monthly bird walks in various Reserves of Redland City.
pages are a work in progress, as I see and photograph more birds and
other critters I shall post them here, so do come back to see what
else I have
Be aware that
I am not an expert in ornithology, entomology or a professional
photographer. I am a wildlife photo enthusiast and
record, as best as I can, at that moment, what I see in the Redlands and on my travels and try to be as
accurate as I can with identifications.
Check out My Favorites
here you can find some of the images I sell and/or use in National
and International photo competitions.
All images are
my own work and copyrighted. If you would like to use one for a
project please contact me.
hope you enjoy visiting Birds, Bugs 'n' other Critters.
You can find me at The College Market, School Rd Capalaba Qld
Every second Sunday.
This Site was updated 14/10/2015
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