Weekend Wanderings: Birds at the Melbourne Zoo
Photographing birds is not something I ever thought I would get into, but here I am doing it more and more often. I started with just trying to photograph the birds in the local swamp, Banyule Flats, and now I am started to go other places, like the zoo. It surprised me that you could do bird photography at the zoo, but there are a few places there where it is possible. It is all fairly controlled, so perhaps a good way to start if you don’t know what you are doing. There are some birds there that live in really big aviary’s so they can still fly. There is a really big one at Melbourne Zoo that you can walk through. Then there are other birds that are free to come and go as they please, and the Zoo will put special food out for them.
Near the entrance you can hear lots of lots of screeching, it is the sound from the Rainbow Lorikeets as they wait for someone to come and fill their bowls with nectar. They are such beautiful birds, but very loud. When the feeding bowls are filled it seems like hundreds come to feed from them. We went to the zoo again yesterday hoping to see the feeding frenzy again, but they didn’t get fed, so we don’t know if it was happening at a different time, or what, we will just have to go back again.
This is a Little Wattle bird that showed up just after the Lorikeets flew away to get some nectar as well.
Australia has some very unique animals that are not found anywhere else in the world, and I think we also have some rather unique birds as well. I remember another blogger asking me to photograph some because she had heard that we had some very unusual ones, and colourful ones. This one is not so colourful, but still beautiful. It is, I think, a Glossy Black Cockatoo and I just looked up its status on Birdlife and it seems this lovely one is in an endangered species. It would be terrible to see them disappear. It is happening too much, Australia has had so many species become extinct because of humans and their carelessness, here at the moment the biggest problems for wildlife at cats and brown foxes. Cats, both feral and domestic kill so many native animals and birds. We have a cat, but because of the reasons just stated he isn’t allowed to go outside. He can sit at the window and watch the birds, but he will never be responsible for killing one.
Apparently this is a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, I got it wrong, still very pretty.
The blue billed duck is pretty, the colour of the bill is so amazing. Very tricky to photograph and get all that colour. It kept coming out white. This is another endangered bird.
The Royal Spoon Bill, it really stops you in your path. I have only ever seen these at the zoo until very recently. I’m starting to wonder what birds are endangered now, as I read that these are as well. I think the zoo does try to help them, and from what I can gather they get many species because they are hurt or something like that, and then often try to get them to a stage where they can be released back into the wild.
This is another bird I’ve never seen in the wild. Unfortunately it is hard to get a good photo of them through the cage. The camera hates focusing through mess or wire like this. It will work if you use manual focusing, which I tried for something else, but my eyes are not what they used to be.
It was interesting seeing what birds they had there. I have more birds for you tomorrow, but the photos will be from a wetlands where I was able to take some photos last weekend, but more about that tomorrow. For today, I leave you with a gallery, where if I have been able I have put the name of the bird. I don’t know that I got all the names correct, but have done my best. A couple I couldn’t work out, I will have to get my friend onto it. It is raining here, lots of rain in the last 12 hours, which is nice, though apparently won’t get rid of the heat, so horrible hot humid weekend ahead for us.