Every bird is magnificent

The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.

– Henry Miller


As you know, I spend most of my bird photography time looking at birds of prey. I love them, and make no apology for that.
But when I do make time to look at other birds, I find they are just as beautiful and interesting as birds of prey.
Last week I went to a pond in my suburb to photograph some ducks. I saw not only the usual Wood Ducks, Pacific Black Ducks and Chestnut Teals but a Hardhead as well.


I even saw a Little Black Cormorant.


I was fascinated to see a Purple Swamphen climb a bulrush and start chomping on the flower spike.

A beautiful Intermediate Egret in full breeding colours stood in the reeds, looking for prey (see top).
While I was watching the egret, an exquisite Red-rumped Parrot landed on a stick projecting from the pond and had a drink.

Royal spoonbills flew overhead.

I walked to a neighbouring pond and was greeted by the sight and sound of dozens of Yellow Thornbills, Yellow-rumped Thornbills and Silvereyes flitting around in the casuarinas on the bank.

It was heady stuff, and it reminded me that attention should be paid to every bird.


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