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.
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.
Most of them surrounded the property in higher trees.
However, some birds gathered along the side fence.
I needed to have a closer look with my camera.
Something is attracting these birds to the property barrier.
The owners smartly used the cracks in the woods as a banquet table and filled them with seeds and nuts.
My eyes were getting bigger with excitement.
And so did the lens as I zoomed in.
This bird gathering seems to be a common occurrence, as the homeowners happily enjoyed a get-together just as well.
If they don’t care, then I don’t care about taking more photos.
The brisk breeze lifted the cockato’s feathers like Marylin Monroe’s skirt.
This is still a classic photo in black and white. Natural colour makes it even funnier.
A pair of galahs came down for look over the hedge. They were quickly scared off by playful dogs, chasing a thrown ball.
The white cockatoos had an inquisitive look about the commotion, but were hungry enough to stay. Phew.
The low setting sun threw a hunch of orange over the cockattoo’s plumage.
They did enjoy their seedy trail mix enormously.
Their small tongue is a multifunctional tool whilst feeding. I only noticed this detail after I glanced through these photos. Attention to detail.
The playful dogs eventually scared this pair off as well. Bummer!
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.
I pocketed a few more great photos to add to my collection. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
I smiled from ear to ear, as I drove along a striking red Central Queensland sunset. Just because.