Just because, Central Queensland, Australia

Rare opportunity @ Central Queensland, Australia

Rare opportunity @ Central Queensland, Australia

It doesn’t happen often that I get a good photo opportunity for some close-up captures of parrots. Even if I did, I would still try my luck. These chances often appear at most unexpected times and places. As it took place today.

Collecting troops @ Davies Creek Falls, Northern Tropical Queensland, Australia

Collecting troops @ Davies Creek Falls, Northern Tropical Queensland, Australia

I had driven troopy a few hundred kilometres through central Queensland heat already and fatigue was sneaking into body and soul. A few kilometres north of Rockhampton a rest stop invited me for a pause. Request accepted. A historic farmhouse bordered directly the spacious area, which got me curious, naturally. Plenty of chickens and ducks, dogs and even a huge sow roamed the paddock. How cool! I could already hear the unmistakable sounds of cockatoos and galahs.

Waiting for his turn @ Central Queensland, Australia

Waiting for his turn @ Central Queensland, Australia

Most of them surrounded the property in higher trees.

Walking the fence @ Central Queensland, Australia

Walking the fence @ Central Queensland, Australia

However, some birds gathered along the side fence.

Closer inspection @ Central Queensland, Australia

Closer inspection @ Central Queensland, Australia

I needed to have a closer look with my camera.

Foody attractions  @ Central Queensland, Australia

Foody attractions @ Central Queensland, Australia

Something is attracting these birds to the property barrier.

Trail mix @ Central Queensland, Australia

Trail mix @ Central Queensland, Australia

The owners smartly used the cracks in the woods as a banquet table and filled them with seeds and nuts.

Growing eyes @ Central Queensland, Australia

Growing eyes @ Central Queensland, Australia

My eyes were getting bigger with excitement.

Zooming in @ Central Queensland, Australia

Zooming in @ Central Queensland, Australia

And so did the lens as I zoomed in.

Happy gathering @ Central Queensland, Australia

Happy gathering @ Central Queensland, Australia

This bird gathering seems to be a common occurrence, as the homeowners happily enjoyed a get-together just as well.

Feeding frenzy @ Central Queensland, Australia

Feeding frenzy @ Central Queensland, Australia

If they don’t care, then I don’t care about taking more photos.

Uplifting breeze @ Central Queensland, Australia

Uplifting breeze @ Central Queensland, Australia

The brisk breeze lifted the cockato’s feathers like Marylin Monroe’s skirt.

Classic memorabilia @ Central Queensland, Australia

Classic memorabilia @ Central Queensland, Australia

This is still a classic photo in black and white. Natural colour makes it even funnier.

Galahs moving in @ Central Queensland, Australia

Galahs moving in @ Central Queensland, Australia

A pair of galahs came down for look over the hedge. They were quickly scared off by playful dogs, chasing a thrown ball.

What's with the racket? @ Central Queensland, Australia

What’s with the racket? @ Central Queensland, Australia

The white cockatoos had an inquisitive look about the commotion, but were hungry enough to stay. Phew.

Sunset hunch @ Central Queensland, Australia

Sunset hunch @ Central Queensland, Australia

The low setting sun threw a hunch of orange over the cockattoo’s plumage.

Seedy banquet @ Central Queensland, Australia

Seedy banquet @ Central Queensland, Australia

They did enjoy their seedy trail mix enormously.

Tongue action @ Central Queensland, Australia

Tongue action @ Central Queensland, Australia

Their small tongue is a multifunctional tool whilst feeding. I only noticed this detail after I glanced through these photos. Attention to detail.

Take away menu @ Central Queensland, Australia

Take away menu @ Central Queensland, Australia

The playful dogs eventually scared this pair off as well. Bummer!

So cute to watch @ Central Queensland, Australia

So cute to watch @ Central Queensland, Australia

I was happy with my photo session as it was time to move on. A physical and mental break from a monotone drive along the Highway was just what the doctor ordered.

Curious for more @ Central Queensland, Australia

Curious for more @ Central Queensland, Australia

I pocketed a few more great photos to add to my collection. I couldn’t ask for anything more. 

Happy customers @ Central Queensland, Australia

Happy customers @ Central Queensland, Australia

I smiled from ear to ear, as I drove along a striking red Central Queensland sunset. Just because. 

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