Helpful Posts: 0
22nd July 2013, 11:37 AM
Three birds by the back door
1. Crows are generally not thought to be attractive birds because of their raucous call and aggressive behaviour. However, I think they are quite handsome and when a pair of them in love purr at each other they are rather sweet. The original picture was a little dark to my eyes and I have lightened it a little. It brought out the blue colour more than is usually seen.
2. Magpies are often quite tame. This one would eat out of my hand, albeit a little tentatively.
3. This fan tailed cuckoo is not so common. We found it sitting on the verandah after it had apparently stunned itself on the window. While I was photographing it, it flew up to the wall and clung there for a while and then flew off. I should have been a bit more careful with how the picture is cropped.
These pictures were taken with a Canon 5dIII and 100mm macro lens. They were all within about two metres of the back door.
22nd July 2013, 01:21 PM
Re: Three birds by the back door
That crow is really an impressive shot, Tony. Beautiful detail. A shame they are such nasty blighters. We are about overrun with them in the area near my cabin, and they take their toll on plants and other birds alike.