Island Bribe, Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia



Admittedly, I haven’t been to Bribie Island for a number of years. The combination of wealth and retirement has never excited me. Little did I know the photo sessions that lie ahead.

Island ideal @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

With a few weeks worth of sunny days on the forecast, what a place to be.

Unexpected circus @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Expect the unexpected. My lifeline motto did exactly that. I was hoping to snatch a few good photos of sea birds.

Tidal sunset @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

The tidal waters on the western side of the island appeared just too inviting.

Meeting of a different kind @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

But inquisitive parrots took the trophy. They occurred in substantial numbers, literally all around Bribie Island. 

Untouched environment @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

The northern half of this island is an almost untouched, soft sandy National Park. A few off-road tracks will get you from A to B.

Park wonderland @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Even the townships have plenty of green fields and parks. Especially along the western foreshores around Sylvan Beach.

Mixed woodland @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

What I particularly like is the fact, that old, dead trees are left standing.

Woodland sunset @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

That doesn’t only look bizarre at sunset.

lorikeet sunset @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

They are an important factor to Bribie’s parrot population.

Stalking insects @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Those and other birds too.

lorikeet playgrounds @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

‘The Widowmaker’ is a parrot’s favourite hollow maze. This is Australia’s most dangerous tree.

Ghostly timber @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

It is said that the ghost-gum eucalyptus tree has killed more humans, than any other tree.

Camping under the ’widow-maker’ @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Branches are known to snap off without warning, particularly in windy conditions. ‘Don’t Camp under a ghost-gum!’ a clever friend told me.

Duck jump @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Springtime around here means ’spring-into-life-time’.

Swing into spring @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Some acrobats swing into spring.

Socialising @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Playtime plays an important role in social behaviour for young and old.

By the throat @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Some images may appear violent.

Just playing! @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

But there was always a passionate moment after each wrestle.

Group cuddle @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

A cuddle after the huddle.

Loving the plunge @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Big smiles were all around me. As was I.

Salt in water? @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Corellas were particularly curious about their environment.

Corella castle @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

There was always something else to be discovered.

Clawing on @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

I concluded, that kids are just kids and love to pick on other corella’s claws.

Turmoil @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

This generally ended in turmoil.

Bonding @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Mature parrots were rekindling their lifelong affection.

Things that make me go ‘mhh’ @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Which left me wondering; Is this a class act felony?

Family dispute @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

The entertainment factor was raised when the whole family played together.

Noiseworks @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

This really is a noisy affair. 

Beach day @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

With the breeding season in full swing, the western shoreline turned into parrot bonanza. Not only in bright white feature gown.

Rainbow feathers @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

In rainbow colours too.

Where to go? @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Nesting selection. Restorations.

Housework @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Housework.

Colourful disputes @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia
Colourful disputes @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Disputes with neighbours.

Social distancing @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia
Social distancing @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Social distancing.

Group playtime @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Playtime on the ground.

Boot camp @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

At Woodstock.

Sandcastle @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

By the beach.

lorikeet playtime @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

In tree tops.

Tree top acrobatics @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Acrobatics.

Acrobatics on tap @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

On tap.

A particular joyful time @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Plunge baths.

Corella wrestling @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Wrestling.

High Five @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

High fives.

Fluffball @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Cleaning.

Bonding @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Comfort. 

Territorial colours @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Colourful impressions.

Take it slow! @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Hesitation.

Affectionate @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Affection.

Gifted @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Love.

Reproduction @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Lust.

Offspring @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Parenthood.

Familiar @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Family.

Lost in the woods @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Tragedy.

Recovery @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Happy Ending.

Last mourning @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

And not happy at all. The list goes on and on. 

Black and white @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Arguably, the parrots were my main objective with my camera.

Peculiar @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

But other birds were presenting themselves rather peculiar just as well.

Flags up @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

They too were getting ready for a decorated breeding season.

Shiny @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

One needs to look to it’s shiniest.

Impressive @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Dress to impress.

Odd @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

No matter how odd it looks on the frame. Perfect sunny conditions and clear blue sunny skies literally invited me to push the shutter button.

Another view @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Different sunlight angles added nicely to the already colourful display.

Sunlight spectacular @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Pointing the camera towards the sun to capture a glowing feather gown.

Saturated colours @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Or with the sunlight shining on to the object.

Sandy shadows @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Shadows appeared.

Aperture in sepia @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Aperture did the rest. 

Territorial display @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Well, to sum it all up, I have taken 1000’s of photos. On a daily basis sometimes.

Different point of view @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Every morning I got up, I swore that I won’t take many photos of lorikeets in the early morning sun. That intention was dismissed rather quickly.

Too cute @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

The same idea folded pronto while observing the corellas.

Different again @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

There was always a different view, a different perspective, different sunlight conditions, different environment and a different moving object.

Clowns @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

A circus full of clowns.

Take a bow @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

And comedians. Take a bow.

Feather exhibition @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

It felt like a giant feather exhibition and paparazzi were invited.

Close up @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Some curious birds came up close and posed in front of my lens.

Screeching at reflections @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Although I believe they saw themselves in the lens reflection, it gave me an opportunity for close-ups. It felt rewarding to analyse the photos for hours after dark.

Human like @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Those facial expressions interpreted just like ours.

Excited @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia
Excited @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

As it did with their body language. This becomes even more obvious when I watched a whole sequence sped up on my laptop.

Priceless inter@ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

They are just priceless. Like a movie in slow motion. These images were extremely informative about the bird’s behaviour patterns as well. This helped me to look and aim for the parrots with my Olympus OM-D, hopefully predicting their next possible move. What a funtastic camera to use. 

local sunset @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

A big, big  ‘thank you’ also goes out to friendly locals I met during my stay. Whether it was early in the morning or for the afternoon pooch walk.

Friendly inhabitants @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Everyone said hello with a smile on their face. Once they got used to the idea, that a camper is up all day and stalks birds with his camera. Many stopped for a chat and gave me useful advice. Probably, because their pooch was all over me. Glorious.

Island life @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Thank you for your helpful tips and sharing your island with me. 

Charming bribe @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

Subconsciously, these charming islanders bribed me to return to Bribie Island.

Bribie accepted @ Bribie Island, South-East Queensland, Australia

No offence meant or taken. Bribe accepted. 

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