Black Breasted Buzzard (juvenile)
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Focus on Feathers

Alice Springs Desert Park - swooping Hobby (a type of falcon)

Alice Springs Desert Park – swooping Hobby (a type of falcon). Look at those gorgeous feathers!

I visited Alice Springs Desert Park a couple of weeks ago and saw some amazing demonstrations of free flying birds. The Hobby is a type of falcon, very swift and agile, and I was thrilled to get a fairly well focused shot of it swooping down, every feather clearly visible.

Another impressive bird display involved a juvenile Black Breasted Buzzard. These birds are known for their ability to use stones to crack open eggs, including the very large, thick-shelled, green eggs of emus. At the park, the buzzards open imitation eggs with meat inside.

Close-up of buzzard's wing feathers.

Close-up of buzzard’s wing feathers.

Here, the bird has both wings outstretched for balance.

Alice Springs Desert Park - Black Breasted Buzzard (juvenile) cracking open an "emu egg"

Alice Springs Desert Park – Black Breasted Buzzard (juvenile) cracking open an “emu egg”.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week has the topic of feathers.

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New Holland Honeyeater
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Where are all the leaves?

New Holland Honeyeater on bare branch

New Holland Honeyeater on bare branch

I took these photos of New Holland Honeyeaters a few weeks ago. When I saw a photo very similar to the one above on the Ken & Agnes Photoworks blog, it inspired me to share mine. Their post is entitled “where are all the leaves?”, which I’ve copied for my post because I think it works so well for these shots.

Two New Holland Honeyeaters ponder life, and the absence of leaves.

Two New Holland Honeyeaters ponder life, and the absence of leaves.

Do you have a photo of a bird on a bare branch? Why not post it and use the tag “where are all the leaves” so others can find it?

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