Late one afternoon a while ago a screeching could be heard, the unmistakable sound of Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos. Soon the Cockatoos were circling around and they then headed off to some distant trees.
I was watching where they were and in particular the Black Cockatoo closest who was doing a bit of moving around on the branch he was sitting on. It was very low light and the telephoto function on my Canon camera was at full stretch. The quality of the photos isn’t the best but I thought I should share a bit of our native birds sense of fun. You have already seen what the King Parrots do around my place having fun.
Enjoy the next sequence of photos. Just two settled on this side of the tree
Suddenly this Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo leant forward.
Then it was head down a bit further, wings spread a bit for balance and the tail feathers flared.
A little bit further, head well tucked and body all on the other side of the branch.
Then it was right over, wings open, tail upright and his head where his tail was seconds ago.
Back upright, wings and tail ready for the final balance on the branch.
Sometimes sitting watching birds and getting the occasional photo, you think nothing of grabbing a few shots but the when you see them on the screen an idea can form. This was a quick do it now thing before the “inspiration” went to where those sort of great ideas go to wait in a stratosphere for someone else to come along or perhaps you may have a flash of “Ohhhh…..that’s right!” and once more that wonderful bit of information’s sucked back in.
But I digress, sorry. This is a story of what could happen One day at the bird bath
I like popping over to this bird bath in the morning. Often there’s not too many folk around and I can splash a little, get a little wet and shake my feathers as the water is a bit cold.
Sometimes I like to sit on the edge of the bird bath and ponder things like what does ponder mean? It’s so good to get in the water a bit deeper each time so I can get water through my feathers. I wonder if anyone else I know will be here later on.
Whoa!!! What happened there? One minute I am a sleek flying machine, drop in for a splash and look. I look like I have gained grams. Oh dear what can I do……I can’t go out looking like this. I probably won’t be even able to take off.
Hey buddy, glad you’ve dropped by this morning. Do you think my feathers make me look fat? No mate, not at all…..WHOA!!! What happened there? One minute I am a sleek flying machine, drop in for a splash and look. I look like I have gained grams……. Yeah buddy, I know just what you mean……..
It seems like forever that I actually posted something other than photo challenges. Everyone likes flowers don’t they? If you have never seen a Crinum flower before, look at every photo carefully and when you get to the last photo, scoot back up to the first photo with your mouth still open. This Crinum is Crinum pedunculatus, Swamp Lily – a native Australian plant found in the rivers and creeks in my catchment area.
This is how a Crinum flowers form, a sort of single bud on a long stalk. This one has started to split open. That white wriggly thing on the right hand side of the bud is part of the flowers development.
The bud has split open more with more white things appear.
Now everything has broken free of it’s bindings and starts to spread. There is always one insect who wants to have the first drops of nectare
with each of those buds opening up over time so there is always a flower for the season and what a flower they are, delicate and striking
This week's assignment - Photograph nature in black and white. This can be more challenging as we often associate the natural world with colour, so look for contrasts, shapes, patterns, tones. Experiment with high-key and low-key effects.