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October was a quiet month for photo adventures for me, only managing to get out twice in the whole month.

A early morning trip to Wyaralong trying to get some photos of Reed Warblers yielded precisely 0 images of them but I did manage to capture a few others I was happy with.

A quick opportunistic shot yielded a somewhat abstract image, the fine detail of the feather is nicely contrasted with the smooth water with the reflection of the backdrop yielding a nice play of colours.

I also went for a walk up Mt Maroon to catch some sunset photos and to do a recce for a possible Scenic Rim Photowalks trip. I got to play with my new drone as well and will add a video when it is all finished.

There were a number of nearby controlled burns which added a lot of smoke haze but just before sunset there was a brief flash of light through a low bank of cloud which yielded some great colours.

Looking a bit lacklustre before the sunset

The trip down in the dark was pretty uneventful until right near the end when I was so excited to see this little black and white snake on the track right in front of me.

It’s a Bandy Bandy, weakly venomous but very shy and usually hides under leaves during the day, emerging at night to feed. I had never seen one before so this delayed my already late arrival home. The looping you can see it doing is its usual protective mechanism – not sure how useful it is but interesting to watch none the less.

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