Weekend Wanderings: Healesville Sanctuary Part 2
The Healesville Sanctuary also has a Spirits of the Sky show where you can watch some of our amazing birds of prey and parrots flying around. It is quite amazing and you get to watch lots of birds doing their thing. It was also a great place to practice photographing birds as they were flying. I’m not an expert at photographing them as they fly, but I had a lot of fun doing it, and I think it is something I will have to do again. I might have to try it with the Tamron 150-600mm. That would be interesting.
There were a lot of birds in the show, starting with a whistling kite. Beautiful bird.
Then the sulphur crested cockatoos. We see these all the time where I live. They fly in large packs.
The red tailed cockatoo, look at the beautiful colours in the tail, they are so nice.
I think I got this one right, but not totally sure, the Black-Breasted Buzzard. Someone else might say different. It has that rock in it’s mouth because they showed us how these birds crack open emu eggs. Quite amazing.
The star of the show for me, the wedge-tailed eagle. The third largest bird in Australia, apparently. As they were doing the show another wedge-tail came down, a wild one, and tried to attack her. The stance she is in is how wedge-tails prepare for attack. The other one flew away and the show went on as normal.
The Corella was talking to us, hence the microphone. They have a whole routine going, it was quite funny.
Finally the eastern osprey, again, I think this is what it is. It dived into a pool of water to get a fish, but unfortunately the photos I took of it didn’t work too well.
It is a great show and if you get to Healesville Sanctuary I would definitely recommend it. It is free, but get there earlier, especially on the weekend as the seats fill up quickly. I have a lot more photos of the birds now, probably too many, but they were so much fun to photograph. I hope your weekend is going well, and you have had some great things to photograph.