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a bird in the hand… or in my tree

 

I was pondering what I was going to blog next as I want to fill the space with a mix of life’s images… not just the weddings which I love photographing so much. I spend so much time on the computer going through images that often I don’t pick my camera up between weddings… a shame really.

I was doing just that today… editing a wedding and thinking how I was symbolically chained to the computer. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a gadget girl and LOVE my computer FAR too much! But, sometimes I  know I should be out shooting something fun, something different, something that makes me feel like a kid (a state I reside in more than not).

As I was pondering this I realised I was ignoring the most amazing sounds… birds squawking outside my office window. Mid last year my beautiful Martay and I bought a house south of the river… mostly because we were tired of a greedy landlord, but partially because we wanted a space of our own that we could carve into a home for years to come. One of the things I really missed was the sounds of nature… mostly birds. So, we picked an area, a street that had lots of established trees and lots of birds! At the very back of our property we have a Cape Lilac tree that is about 50 years old, it is established… big… and distinguished. And as we’ve learned over the last few weeks, a tree that is adored by the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo. Today I counted 12 in our tree, and another 17 over the road. They were making a racket and it was beautiful! So, I escaped from the computer, grabbed my camera and my beautiful big lens, and went outside to photograph them.

Well, they aren’t going to embarrass any National Geographic photographers, but here they are. Trying to get clear shots of them, trying to get them flying in all their splendour… it’s just not as easy as it looks! Anyway, I really enjoyed just having a play with the camera… !!!

 

 

This is the closest one has been to me so far... it's a female and you can tell from the striped markings on the tail.
This is the closest one has been to me so far... it's a female and you can tell from the striped markings on the tail.

 

 

... the same female. It had a feast on my tree today!
... the same female. It had a feast on my tree today!

 

 

a bit more of a snack on the tree!
a male, you can tell from the red on the tail, not stripes...

 

 

more of the same...
more of the same...

 

 

A male taking off, check out the red on the tail... not the best photo but I love the colour of the tailfeathers!
A male taking off, check out the red on the tail... I love the colour of the tailfeathers!

 

Well, I have to get back to my editing now… but what a wonderful distraction! If you see them in your neighbourhood, take a moment to watch them and to stop whatever else is making you miss out on the little things! ;)

Have a GREAT day!

Michelle.

5 thoughts on “a bird in the hand… or in my tree”

  1. Krystal McGee says:

    National Geographic – here we come!!! Fantastic photos – love the second one the most.

  2. Tasj says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, I love those birds, they come and visit here every once in a while as well and I’m always amazed at the splendour of them. xxx

  3. Tasj says:

    Listen! The birds are lovely but after checking your blog daily, would love to see some other pics soon ;) ;) xxxxx

  4. jen says:

    I am also LOVING the birds. Very pro-birds!!!

    But….

    Any updates in the works? x x x :-P

  5. Andy says:

    Hey Chelle ;) What a nice surprise, checking out your new/updated website photos are awesome, the birds so beautiful your so lucky having them at home. I can see you on your veranda day bed. Just last week in Victoria I had hundreds of wild Cockys eating out of my hands, there size is under estimated.
    Your spot on with Martaay, he’s tacking some wonderful shots for sure, well done mate.
    Look forward to chatching up soon. Andy xx

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