Birds-lympics, The Death-roll! Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

We’re going live to Wooolgoolga where another favourite birdy-limpic discipline has reached final stages.

Daredevil act @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Daredevil act @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The ‘Death-roll’! A 360-degree daredevil act, throwing body and mind into the open air. A deed that requires skill, technique, but most of all, courage.

Olympic torches @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

Olympic torches @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

The Olympic torches are shining brightly, everything is set.

Notebook @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

Notebook @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

The umpire quickly pulls out his notebook as we are just about to start the show.

Signal @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

Signal @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

He sets the signal, as we are on our way.

Nerves of steel @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Nerves of steel @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

A local matador has entered the stage on a slippery high wire.

Whistle blower @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

Whistle blower @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

A steady breeze sweeps through from the eastern shores. It’s best to huddle together. Will the wind factor enhance this acrobat’s performance?

Rolling on @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Rolling on @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Let’s roll.

Slip up @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Slip up @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Oh dear! Too bad? He stumbles over his fear of heights, which left him barely hanging on.

Crazy! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Crazy! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

This is crazy!

Redemption @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Redemption @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Clearly an amateur mistake. How will he get out of this one? Nicely recovered from a tricky situation.

Anticipating @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

Anticipating @ Deception Bay, South-east Queensland, Australia

The audience can barely watch proceedings.

Hanging on @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Hanging on @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

What will be his next move I wonder? He needs to regain composure to make it to the finals.

Halt! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Halt! @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

An almost perfect loop, with an impressive halt. 

Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Double trouble @ Evans Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

But wait, he goes for the double loop! Flaming Galah!  This has never been observed before.  What a comeback.

Podium finish @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Podium finish @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Nerves of steel lead him all the way, back on to the podium. 

Crowd favourite @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Crowd favourite @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

In the freestyle section, a bit further inland, the regular crowd shuffled in.

Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

It is a fabulous atmosphere here as the Mexican Wave rolls along spectators.

You are so pretty! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

You are so pretty! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Last-minute preparations are on their way.

Novice! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Novice! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

A newcomer has entered the tricky parkour.

Stage fright @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Stage fright @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He seems a bit nervous, for good reason.

Supportive! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Supportive! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Mom and dad just flew in to see youngster’s performance.

In dreamland! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

In dreamland! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

His girlfriend isn’t far off either.

Lady Galah! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Lady Galah! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Even Lady Galah made an appearance. Good to see her back on home twigs.

Lori Keet and friends @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Lori Keet and friends @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Lori Keet and friends are just as excited to be here.

Sunny days @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sunny days @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

This atmosphere truly is a sight for sore eyes.

Last minute trail check @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Last minute trail check @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Weather conditions are in favour of the acrobat, trail conditions are perfect.

Ideal branch conditions @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Ideal branch conditions @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Cold and dry winter days have given this circuit just the right branch stability.

Sunny day! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Sunny day! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

A clear sunny day goes never astray. This parkour is as difficult as they come.

Warm-ups @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Warm-ups @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

All gymnasts need to warm up and stretch those tight muscles.

Body stretch @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Body stretch @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Nothing like a good body stretch.

Interested @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Interested @ Woody Head, Northern New South Wales, Australia

The coaching staff expect a good result too, hard yakka (work) was implicated to the build-up.

Determined @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Determined @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

The referee watches closely, these are the finals after all.

Slip-up! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Slip-up! @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

It’s easy to slip up.

Brothers Grimm @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Brothers Grimm @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

The crowd is not overly mesmerized by this novice.

Slip up recovery @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Slip up recovery @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Will he prove them wrong?

Hurdled @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Hurdled @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

No, he won’t! He creates a bit of a mess on his second hurdle but recovers just in time.

Pine cone vendor @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Pine cone vendor @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Fresh pine cones! Who wants one?

Parrot pretzel @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Parrot pretzel @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

One more for me thanks.

Priceless @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Priceless @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Pine cones?

Glitch @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Glitch @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Oh, there is another glitch!

Grumpy @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Grumpy @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Dad can’t watch it anymore. This is just too much to withstand. 

Sidelined @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Sidelined @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Coaching staff were sidelined by the umpire.

Composure @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Composure @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

The contestant needs to organize himself again. That’s more like it!

Balancing act @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

Balancing act @ Woolgoolga, Northern New South Wales, Australia

He redeemed a few points on this balancing act.

Pretty, but no trophy @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Pretty, but no trophy @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

But overall, this is wasn’t the gala we expected.

Re-composed @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Re-composed @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

 Dad composed himself again.

Shrugged @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Shrugged @ Golden Beach, South-east Queensland, Australia

Sometimes, one can just shrug their shoulders.

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And move on!

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