28 July 2012

Grey Butcherbird

Parked at the roadside mid afternoon, beside Lake Macquarie State Conservation Area/Morisset section, watching out at this dead tree, rather hoping that I might capture a bird come to sun itself there. Maybe a sea-eagle? There is a pair frequent that location...




a Grey Butcherbird arrived on the lowest branch, the bird with a beautiful melodic voice.



it wasn't until I was editing the photos that I picked up on the old heavy chain with hook!  I believe there used to be a dairy farm on this parcel of land in yesteryears; I wonder what purpose the hook served then?  You can actually see it up in the top photo too.

11 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

the tree is really cool! once i saw the chain there, it reminded me of the big tree on the dairy farm where i grew up - we called it the hanging tree - where they butchered old cows for meat.

Joyful said...

ah, that sounds like it...butchering cows on the hanging tree.

lovely photos, carol. just lovely.

Nadege, said...

Lovely captures.

Jenny Short said...

I like the branch the bird perches on. It has wonderful form and texture. Print it and frame it! xo Jenny

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A rather splendid bird. Always enjoy your birdie pics as they are all so different to our birds, though we did once have a "butcher bird" though not sure how closely related, if at all.

heyBJK said...

A butcherbird on a butcher tree...rather appropriate! :-) No idea, actually, what the chain was for, but I love that gnarly tree. And your butcherbirds are quite handsome!

schöngeist for two said...

zu erst dachte ich der Vogel wäre grösser aber durch diese Kette am Baum sah man den Unterschied!

Wunderschön Baum und Vogel!
Lieben Gruss Elke

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

I really like the texture of the branch the cute little Butcher Bird is sitting on.

Terri Buster said...

That's a neat old tree and a great pic of the Butcherbird.

Dianne said...

You were rewarded with this lovely capture Carole.

Geke said...

What a great shot of the butcherbird. The texture of the branch makes it the finishing touch. wonderful!!!