02 July 2014

up close on the ... Australian Bustard

only photo opportunity was through a glass window





such a wonderful opportunity to see these amazing birds up so close though




wishing I could read the body language here

Australian Bustard seen at Desert Park, Alice Springs, N.T.

Sharing with Wild Bird Wednesday

37 comments:

Merlesworld said...

Great shots.
He is a bird I have never seen.
Mm
Merle..........

TexWisGirl said...

such a unique creature!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous detail!

Karen said...

Oh wow Carole, the feather detail is fabulous!

mick said...

Great photos of a really interesting bird. I would love to see one - even through a window!

thewovenspoke said...

What a great bird, you have some unique birds there.

Russell Jenkins said...

Glorious bird and wonderful pictures.

Jo said...

Great shots and great detail!

Margaret Adamson said...

What a fantastic opportunity to see and photograph this bird at so close quarters.

Made by KKann said...

Wonderful shots - beautiful bird.

HugsKKann

Irma said...

These are great pictures of Australian Trap.
Perfectly photographed and with many details, Carole.

eileeninmd said...

What a cool looking bird, it seem to have a personality! Awesome shots.

Breathtaking said...

Such fantastic close-ups of this large Austalian bird.Never heard of a Bustard before!

Roan said...

He is one interesting bird. You managed to get amazing shots through that glass window!

Judith Gray said...

I am hopeful that I will get to see these in the wild someday! Great photos, especially through glass!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...incredible close ups. This was an amazing adventure you shared.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

A unique and characterful bird which you have shown us beautifully. The Great Bustard is presently being re-introduced to the UK having been absent for many years.

Small City Scenes said...

What an interesting bird.
In answer to your question about Cowbirds: They get their name from their association with cattle. Easting the bugs the cattle stir up while grazing not necessarily sitting on the cow. MB

Gail Dixon said...

A beautiful and unique bird! He looks like he wants someone to pet his head in that last shot. :)

Ida said...

Awesome shots and through glass no less. Loving the detail of their feathers on the neck.

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Great shots of this interesting bird.

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful bird!!

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful birds, the Bustard is outstanding, thanks for that.

Leovi said...

Pretty bird, wonderful! Beautiful photos!

Marie said...

We saw this bird at the zoo, and enjoyed seeing it very much!

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

WOW! These are amazing photos, even through glass! Such great shots!

Jeanne said...

SUCH AN interesting bird this looks to be Carole! I have never even heard of this sort of bird. Was this bird in some sort of zoo that you photographed it through glass. You did such a great job on the photos, cant tell it is through glass at all!.

Carole M. said...

thanks to everyone who has left comments; they are always so encouraging to keep posting!

Jeanne; yes as noted on this post these photos had been taken at the Desert Park at Alice Springs, N.T.

You might enjoy earlier posts from here under the JUNE list/sidebar.

There was a bird presentation there from an ampitheatre with the MacDonnell Ranges in the background.

These Australian Bustards though were in an enclosure and access to viewing them was through an elevated boardwalk with windows set in under shelter.

Wally Jones said...

What a fantastic bird! You really had some wonderful opportunities on this trip to see some rarities. Thank you so much for sharing with those of us who are unlikely to have such a unique chance.

Very nice photographs, Carole!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Funny bird -- new to me (even virtually). Great pictures -- he seems to have a lot of personality!

janiceadcock said...

Unusual bird that you have captured beautifully!!!

DeniseinVA said...

Oh my goodness, fantastic shots Carole! What a very interesting bird.

Helma said...

What a wonderful close-ups of this bird Carole.
You can even count the hairs. Really nicely done.

Phil Slade said...

Such a shame such birds must be in captivity. I'm guessing that the popoulation of your Australian Bustard has been reduced by man's interference like so many bustard species the world over.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, it is on my list. IF I´m very lucky I might see it in september. :) Thanks for sharing.

Gumer Paz said...

ooohh so sweet when she sleeps
A kiss from Spain, Carole :)

Gumer Paz said...

ooohh so sweet when she sleeps
A kiss from Spain, Carole :)