Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Photography 2018

What’s been happening at Kaarakin this year? My best Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Photography 2018

 

It always surprises me how time flies. I can still remember when I finished university and started to work full time. This was coinciding with the start of my volunteering at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre (June 2016). As the time went by, it became difficult for me to concentrate on so many various topics for Kaarakin. So I decided to concentrate on marketing and creative services. Looking back, I can certainly confirm that I have gained new skills. In 2017 I started making videos for Kaarakin and this grew into a new hobby. Now, I have purchased a Zhiyun Crane 2 and the results are great so far. This allows me to spend less time in post production, stabilising all the footage. I am also slowly learning how to great cinematic titles in After Effects and I would like to start creating great informative videos for Kaarakin in the near future.

This July 2018 makes another important fact. I finished my first job after uni and moved on to another workplace. I went from working in a 4WD hire environment to a recruitment environment. Both as you can imagine are very different and require different marketing strategies. During the first few months of my new job, I considerably increased my knowledge and skills in graphic design. So now, I am familiar with Adobe Illustrator and Indesign. Altogether, I can use Illustrator, Indesign, After Effects, Photoshop, Lightroom and Acrobat DC which justifies the purchase of the whole Creative Suite that I have subscribed since 2015. I hope I can also create great content for Kaarakin moving forward!

Lastly, I just purchased a second hand DJI Mavic Pro drone. A complete kit which was selling for just over $1,000. This, I thought was a great bargain even though I was very tempted to wait for the price of the Mavic 2 Pro to go down or a great second hand bargain. Looking at some videos and photos online, I think for the price, I got a great deal with the Mavic 1 Pro and I look forward to what I can come up with.

As you can see 2018 has been a busy year and keeping up with Kaarakin was a challenge. Late 2017, the online shop was open and adoption certificates were sold. Most display photos I have taken of the birds at Kaarakin. Later on this year, I also hosted an online auction on the Instagram platform and managed to raise over $300 with 6 items. The 2019 calendar was printed and launched in August. There is only a few calendars left which forced us to take it off the online shop. Thanks for your support! Furthermore, I spent over 50 hours working on a special edition of the “Kaarakin Post”, a newspaper with various contributions from volunteers, guest writers and myself. It was a lot of work and I am pleased that it is now being reviewed for publication hopefully in December. This newspaper is a commemoration of the 10th year anniversary of Kaarakin.

Here are the photos that have marked me the most at Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre.

 

Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre

Randy always makes a great model when he doesn’t sit on my shoulder.

 

Bogong Dingo at Kaarakin

This photo of Mitch the Bogong dingo was taken a few weeks before he passed away. It always feels empty now when I visit the Bogong dingoes.

 

Narla Bogong Dingo

Narla, the daughter of Mitch and Marley has grown into a beautiful Bogong dingo.

 

Pickle or may I say “Franklin” is maturing. He is the star of many videos I have filmed at Kaarakin. Well, he always figures in every video!

Those females Forest Red Tailed Black Cockatoo are in the rewilding aviary aiming at dehumanise all black cockatoos who have a chance to be released in the wild. (This photo was taken with a telephoto lens.)

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