13 March 2013

it had me guessing ...

Late Addition: I.D. has been given, thanks to Pete Shanley, Pete's Flap blog.
 
Have been poking around my archives and came up with these that I'm sure I've not shared before.  It's going to send me into my bird book to find out what it is because I certainly haven't seen them anywhere else.  Photos had been taken at a wildlife refuge in Victoria.
 
 

long and lean
 
 
 with cheeky patches

and a brilliant red stripe.
 
It is: ???  Unfortunately was unable to locate in my birding reference.  Your help needed. 
 
It is, a brolga! 

20 comments:

Pete Shanley said...

Hi carole, These are brolga and if you get interested in them it can develop into quite a passion! I remember fondly each occasion (& there's only a few) I have seen them in the wild!
Peter

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the bird.

einfachtilda said...

Was für ein schönes Tier!!

LG Mathilda ♥

Barb said...

OMG, what wonderful photos, have never seen a bird like this in Texas ! LOL !!
Luv your blog header too.
Barb

TexWisGirl said...

similar to our sandhill crane, but perhaps closer to a sarus crane?

Brian King said...

It definitely won't be in any of my bird books. It looks like a cross between a crane and a stork. Very unique looking bird!

Montanagirl said...

It resembles a Crane. Looks like a Sandhill Crane, but a few things are a little different.

Montanagirl said...

It resembles a Sandhill Crane.

Montanagirl said...

It resembles a Sandhill Crane.

Digi-Irma said...

Beautiful pictures Carole, this is a crane.
They are only used here in a zoo.
Greetings Irma

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

It's an interesting bird, Carole, but I have no idea what it is.

Carole M. said...

Seems I had a lot guessing. Thanks Pete - I see they are in my Birds of Australia, right deep in the spine and alongside Sarus Crane which a little different in marking with the red. I'd overlooked it thinking it also the Sarus. Thankyou for your I.D. problem solving; much appreciated! I hope one day to see them in the wild.

Bob Bushell said...

Brolga, it comes from the Crane family, you are lucky to find one.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They look a lot like our sandhill cranes!

Dianne said...

I would have never guessed Carole .... they really are a very distinctive bird.

shooting star said...

there is similar bird in India, lemme do a rain check and get back to you

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Stewart M said...

Nice picture - there are some big flocks of these in the West of Victoria at present - but I cant get to them! Boo.

My "method" with birds in flight is to pull back on the focal length when I shot and then crop as needed later. This seems to reduce the number of wing tips and such like that get cut off!

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW on your cormorant post.

Stewart M - Melbourne

ladyfi said...

What an elegant bird!

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

This is a wonderful bird in the sunshine. Great !

Lisa Gordon said...

Look at those legs!!!
A really beautiful creature.