All Fluffed Up
I can’t help but notice that this Kookaburra’s feathers are fluffed up.
I wonder if he’s recently had a bath…
Very often, these birds can be seen cleaning themselves in the water-filled depression under a bubbler and tap combination at the local park.
Isn’t he handsome?
I see you…
I see you…
This Kookaburra certainly seems to have me and my camera firmly in his sights. Is he posing? Certainly he’s making it easy for me to capture his image.
The more I photograph birds, the more I see their differing characteristics. Some, such as Kookaburras, Herons and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, actually seem to co-operate with the photographer. Others — Willy Wagtails, Noisy Miners and Wrens for example — often fly off at the slightest movement.
Nature is fascinating…
The view from the track
Every now and then I take Chicki for a walk along this high track in the nearby bushland park. It makes a refreshing change to see the scene from this perspective.
The virtue of this river view lies chiefly in the beauty that the native trees and shrubs provide as a frame for the expanse of water. Here, the Gum Trees that Australia is known for are on display, and in the main are very healthy-looking. One can also catch a glimpse of the distant mangroves.
Australia’s iconic kingfisher, the Kookaburra, has adapted remarkably well to human contact. It’s quite common to see them cadging the picnickers for food scraps, even daring to land on their dinner-tables. The response of the humans varies. Some encourage it, others seem to be intimidated.
So I guess it isn’t surprising to see these agile birds perching wherever their fancy takes them, whether it be tree branches, hand railings or water bubblers.
This is one of my better photos of a Kooka in our local park.
Quite a rare sights in the baths is the egret. An elegant, clean white bird, it is a very welcome sight. Unfortunately it’s a little camera-shy, and flies off at little provocation.
However, I have been lucky enough to take some photos of it, and I hope that this one gives you pleasure.