Weekend Wanderings: Birds in a Sanctuary
The other day I had another opportunity to go to Healesville Sanctuary. I had a One on One Photography session there which was fantastic, always good to met new people and just go out and take photos. One of the things we wanted to do was photograph the Spirits of the Sky show. It was very overcast and threatening rain the whole time, which also meant dark conditions for the birds.
I got to get photos of some of my favourites, like this wedge tail eagle. It was great getting this close up.
I got some nice shots, but then there were lots of others that I just had to delete, and then some others that I probably should have deleted, but I liked the movement in them, like the next one.
So a substandard image from me. I just like the way the bird was side ways, but the head had turned so much.
The best place for the day was the big aviary. There was lots of birds in there, like the one above. I have no idea what sort of bird it is, sorry, but I do know what the next one is.
These are a couple of lyre birds. The one with the big tail feathers is the male. He is very noisy and does a lot to impress the female. One of the things that lyre birds do that is very impressive and not something I’ve ever seen before is something with their tails.
The feathers go over the top of the bird and he just displays it for a little bit. Then . .
. . . he starts a little dance and shimmies the feathers. It is quite extraordinary and so amazing to watch. I’d never seen it before. and it is not something many people get to see. They are shy birds and tend to stay away from humans. I tried recording the noises he was making, but there were too many people around.
It wasn’t a total waste. I got to use the Tamron SP 150-600mm lens again. It is so good for this type of photography. I enjoy using it. I am going to put the above photos and some others into a gallery for you now. I hope your weekend is going well, the weather has finally cleared up here and we are getting some nice weather.