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30 March, 2021

Mackay photographer reflects on love of photography

A RED-BACKED fairy wren, an iconic bird of Mackay, was one of the first Steve Dew remembers taking a photo of.

Steve Dew. Photo: Contributed

“I had the habit of walking at East Mackay down to Town Beach and through to Sandfly Creek when I saw this little bird.

“The next day I grabbed my camera and sure enough it was still there and I got a shot of it. I looked through books and found out what it was.

“It’s tiny, very pretty and very hard to photograph.

Nowadays Steve is constantly walking the bush day and night taking photos of a wide range of wildlife, not just birds.

The Red-Backed Fairy-Wren, an iconic bird of Mackay. Photo: Steve Dew

“I like to see if it’s a species that I have not got before, whether it be a caterpillar or a bug or a frog, take the photos and figure out what it is. This keeps me interested and keeps me active.”

Steve, who worked as a compositor for the Daily Mercury from 1972 to 2006, when he was universally known as Norm, said he first met Daryl Barnes in 2012 when he proposed producing a calendar to raise money for Birdlife Mackay.

Steve has a website called at which he shares his discoveries.

*By Charlie Payne

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