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Birds using selective colour

Black swan

The theme for Bird Weekly Photo Challenge is selective color with most of the photo being monochrome, black and white or sepia tone.

I had fun with this one! (Well, apart from first Photoshop and then my computer crashing; I’m having graphic card compatibility issues, very annoying.)

King penguin

Kookaburra

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Birds beginning with “C”

My first thought for the theme of “Birds beginning with C” was cormorants. The photo below deserves to be pulled out of the gallery above, in part because it may need an explanation! In China, cormorants have been used for centuries to catch fish for humans. This photo gallery from The Guardian has some stunning photos of the men and the birds in action. In my photo, I suspect the man was parading these cormorants through a busy tourist area in search of people willing to pay for a photo.

Cormorants being carried – Yangshuo, China

I discovered I have photos of other C birds too, lurking in the archives.

Black cockatoo – Alice Springs, Australia

Canada Geese — Stratford, Canada

Pied currawong – Sydney, Australia

Condors – Colca Canyon, Peru

Birds beginning with “C” is the Bird Weekly theme.

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.

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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