I have lived in Australia my whole life, some fifty plus years.
On my recent holiday in N.S.W, I was lucky enough to encounter these two birds.
They are blue winged Kookaburras.
It is very common to see Kookaburras sitting up on the power lines or fences.
In my experience they are fairly timid and fly off if they come into close contact with humans.
The first bird was happily sitting on a balcony railing of our accommodation and didn’t mind me creeping up on him to snap some shots.
The second chap below was sitting in a tree at the local beach at eye-level.
He also seemed to not mind being my photographic model for a few minutes.
This is the closest that I have ever been to a kookaburra.
These photos are my first Kookaburra photos and will not be my last, now that I know I have 10 Kingfisher varieties to capture on my camera.
Today I found the following very fascinating facts about our Kookaburra’s from
The Laughing Kookaburra is the world’s largest Kingfisher.
We have 10 different Kingfisher Species in Australia. They are the azure, forest, collared, sacred, little, yellow-billed and buff breasted paradise kingfishers and the blue winged and laughing kookaburras.
They mate for life and live in the same place for most of their life.
All Australian School children will no doubt learn the Australian Song,
“Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree”.
It is a favourite for singing rounds in primary school choirs.
Older children love to change the lyrics to
“Kookaburra sits on an electric wire, jumping up and down with his pants on fire.”
If you are interested click on the youtube link below to listen to
Love this saying and really want to create my own poster
with these words of inspiration.
As I love photography it makes perfect sense to me.
Sign for sale at houzz.com click on the link.
Photo taken from the same site using their embedding info.
Hubby and I like to eat our evening meal outside on the
verandah overlooking the little lake and pier ,
at our holiday accomodation.
This is the same time that the native birds come
into feed on the Grevilleas .
Always in search of the best possible photo I have
the camera ready and more often then not, will abandon
my meal and go off taking photos.
We stayed out a bit later the other night and I was
able to play with the changing light of dusk
My favourite shot is this one below.
No filter added. This was how my auto-focus camera captured the light.
I decided to trial some filters and the
following are the resulting photos.
I like them all but my favourite is the original
because it was a gift from my camera to me.
I must admit that I have never been a real fan our Grevilleas,
until this week when they became a photo subject for me.
Getting up close and personal with them has opened
my eyes to their beauty as each flower uncurls.
It goes to show that things and people who
are often overlooked as being different, odd and nothing special
can turn out to be the most fascinating of subjects
when we just stop to take the time to look at them.
I took this photo yesterday of a beautiful Lorikeet as it fed on a Grevillea bush just outside the back door of our unit.
Whilst a bit wary of sudden noise , this little guy came right up to the front of the bush to pose for photos.
Known for their cheekiness and noise , the Lorikeet is one of the most people trusting birds in our Australian wildlife.
Today the bees were swarming around the freesias. Time enough to grab the iphone for a quick photo.
As they had to crawl a fair way down into the trumpet shape of the flower, it gave me time to prepare to catch a photo of them. Making the task a lot easier than trying to photograph them on open flowers. My reflexes are not as fast as they used to be.
Pink Camellia ” Debbie” floating in a pink glass dessert dish.
I saw this little tree as I was driving to work today.On my way back past it, I had to stop and take a photograph.
For it’s size this tiny tree was laden with beautiful pink blossoms, that smelt divine.
Everywhere the Magnolias and the fruit trees are coming to life after their winter dormancy.
The blossoms signal the end of Melbourne’s grey skies and are a sight to behold.
For me it means that I have survived another winter and the blue skies will be back to cheer me up on a daily basis.