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Teale Britstra
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Attends Swinburne University of Technology
Lived in Brisbane, Australia
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Venus - Jupiter Conjunction
At the moment, Venus and Jupiter are so close that I can fit them both into the ~1/2° field of view of my telescope. Unfortunately, the difference in brightness between Venus and Jupiter's Galilean moons is so extreme, that it is impossible to get show the moons without overexposing Venus and Jupiter. Still, you can see the crescent phase of Venus, plus the Galilean moons of Jupiter, so I'm happy for tonight.
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Nankeen Kestrel.
Emma and I watched this Nankeen Kestrel hunting over fields of grass at Oxley Creek Common for quite awhile this afternoon. As Australia's smallest raptor, they can be pretty difficult to photograph with the 250mm lens, as they usually turn out as tiny little specks. Thankfully, this one decided to come very close to us to allow a better shot. It hovered a moment, then dropped on something only a few meters away.
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The three brightest objects in the night sky - The Moon, Venus and Jupiter - all in the one place this evening. There will be a similar arrangement tomorrow evening too if you missed it tonight.
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I saw them last night as well, but didn't know what planets they were. So, thanks :-) 
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This morning we had the most amazing rainbow. Like seriously. It was at least a double at most points, and the primary rainbow had multiple levels of spectra back to back.
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I went for a walk yesterday at Oxley Creek Common in Brisbane, Australia. On several occasions, I was visited by female (or possibly juvenile)  Rufous Whistlers, which seemed to have more curiosity than is typical for smallish birds. 
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Me too.
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With Andy setting up at paniyiri festival. 
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Probably my favourite shot for today - a Brahminy Kite with feather detail beautifully backlit by the Sun.
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Although Australian White Ibis are not really thought of as the most attractive or colourful birds, I think they really are quite fascinating when you study them in detail. They almost look like they have been molded from plastic.
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The beautiful bird make me remind the Pelican Nebula
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Yeah so I got VERY close to wild Pacific Baza (crested hawk) today. This photo was actually taken at moderate distance. There were three of them, and at times, they'd fly past dodging foliage about 2 feet away - easily within arm's reach. A-mazing.
Additionally, I saw Spotted Harrier for the first time fairly close up. It seemed enormous, because it wasn't up in thermals like Eagles or Kites, but rather quartering across the tops of fields at eye level. I think I need a longer lens though. 250mm just isn't enough!
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+Peter Lake Thanks Peter. The three Baza(s?) that we saw posed for us quite a bit, though getting sunlit eyes was the hard part! Generally these guys like shade.
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Angry Teale is angry.

Today, the PM claimed that wind farms are ugly and noisy. Here's a video I took at Windy Hill wind farm in 2012. Anyone care to compare aesthetics and noise levels to a coal mine?
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+Rob Brown Good idea. There's a place near me in suburban Brisbane that has solar and two wind turbines. I bet they pay like zero electricity!
I stayed at the caravan park at Millaa Millaa on the way through. Pretty place - though it DID rain there :-)
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Probably my favourite image from my walk at Oxley Creek Common yesterday. What started as an early-morning walk turned into a six-hour stay - the bird life was prolific. 

This particular example is a Whistler. My best guess is a female Rufous Whistler - or perhaps a juvenile (or even a female/juvenile Golden Whistler!). Someone with a better trained eye might be able to tell. In any case, it had more curiosity than fear, and visited me on a number of occasions to see what I was up to. I took a few shots, but particularly liked the lighting in this one. 

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Haha no. I do have a few things on my wishlist for photography/astronomy but a major home reno is preventing my normally irresponsible spending. 
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    Master of Science (Astronomy), 2011 - present
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Google suggested I write a small introduction here so that people are sure they have found the correct "Teale Britstra" - though I'm not totally convinced that it's necessary (there can't be too many people with this name!) ;-)

I'm currently studying a coursework Master of Science (Astronomy) degree, and also trying to convince people to become more engaged in this fascinating science (and science in general).
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