Bird of the Week Challenge: 12th June - Portraits

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Monica
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Bird of the Week Challenge: 12th June - Portraits

Hi everyone,

I hope you've all keep keeping dry on the east coast, that was a pretty wet weekend! Great photos of spotty birds last week, a bit of a slow one, so let's see if this next one drums up a bit more action - "studio worthy" otherwise known as the portrait challenge. So all those pics where it just looks like that bird was posing for a headshot or portrait.

Happy snapping,

Monica

robwill
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Here's a poser or two.

Kookaburras by robert, on Flickr

Rob. 

Reflex
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Portrait of a breeding Pelican.

This was the first time I had been able to photograph the breeding colours of the bill and pouch.

During the courtship period, the bill and pouch of the birds change colour dramatically. The forward half of the pouch becomes bright salmon pink, while the skin of the pouch in the throat region turns chrome yellow. Parts of the top and base of the bill change to cobalt blue, and a black diagonal strip appears from the base to the tip. This colour change is of short duration, the intensity usually subsiding by the time incubation starts.

Samford Valley Qld.

Devster
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Portrait of a Great Egret

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Portrait of a Long-billed Corella.

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A seductive Eastern Rosella..

(apologies for quality I struggle to make shots look clear to meet the 500KB)

Greg Griffiths - Mount View, Hunter Valley NSW

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brian63
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Portrait of a juvenile Pied Butcher Bird.

Annie W
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Emu portrait

NW Tasmania

Reflex
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Buller's Albatross.

Samford Valley Qld.

Devster
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Absolutely stunning image  of the Emu Annie. The detail is amazing!

White-faced Heron

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Nankeen Night-Heron

Annie W
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Dang that's one serious looking Albatross you got there Reflex :) - looks like a bit of a swell behind him, my place would be all over the shot taking that one in moving waters, super shot!

Thanks Devster, I should have mentioned he/she was a captive, so had nowhere to run and hide.  Actually, he was a bit too friendly and he kept moving towards me as I moved away - given I'm seriously out of practice I kinda forgot I don't need my lens wound all the way out all of the time and hence probs a too shallow DOF.  I was just happy his eye was in focus lol, gosh I had more than a few duds that day.  I adore Emu's, have never seen two with the same hairdo.

Gee you're a whiz at those white birds, I struggle with the basic with the white ones.

Enjoying everyone's contribs so far this past week!

Here's a face perhaps only a mother could love, although I find them very interesting..portrait of a (captive) Turkey.

NW Tasmania

brian63
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Juvenile Blue-Faced Honeyeater

Reflex
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Tasmanian Shy Albatross.

Samford Valley Qld.

Devster
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You've got plenty of Albatrosses Reflex. Not very jealous at all.

Again the detail in that Turkey is amazing Annie

Radjah Shelduck

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Bassian Thrush

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Pied Cormorant.

Samford Valley Qld.

Devster
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Striated Heron

Rick N
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This one might be familiar to a couple of members here :-)

Pink-eared Duck. (Good to see your work again Annie.)

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Portrait on the roof.

Rob. 

brian63
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Australian Brush-Turkey

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