Whip Bird & Emerald Dove

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Whip Bird & Emerald Dove

Before I post these I have to confess they were taken in the rainforest aviary at Australia Zoo.... but last time I was there the whipbird would not come out for any money!
Yesterday he was in an exhibitionist mood and I felt so privileged to not only see him but to hear that cracking call just a few meters in front of me. It kind of made all that crawling through sweaty subtropical bush worth while :')
The hunt will go on for me in the never ending quest to achieve a shot like this but in the wild .

and the Emerald doves making a nest together was something so special to be able to observe. I couldn't get a clear shot of them on their newly started nest as they were hidden behind foliage ( even though only 2 meters away) but to see him flying in with a twig and give it to her to place was something so special. In the middle of trying to get a shot some little boy tried to reach up and touch her on the nest and before I thought about it I had told him to leave her alone as she was nest building (oops) but he was good and said he hadn't realised ( and then set off to harass some other poor creature LOL)

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No I don't think I will ever see enough of them Perthwings, isn't he just beautiful???

Birds have been my salvation this year I can tell you while trying to be employed again.

have you been taking your nice pills lately Perthwings? LOL
We seem to be getting on too well here Ha ha ha

Cheers

Birdie

Sunshine Coast Queensland

cathshane

Beautiful shots Birdie. Im always looking for the whipbird as we hear them so often, thanks for sharing the pic as we have never seen one in the wild either. Well done

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Perthwings.... well either you have a multiple personality disorder, someone else is sharing your log in, or that is another urban myth to be exposed !!!

Cathshane.... couldn't believe it this morning as I was walking my usual route... I flushed a Whip Bird out from the stream undergrowth near my local patch of bush... usually I just get a fleeting glance as he ruffles his way through the reeds etc. today he sat up bold as brass and posed for several seconds ...just to taunt me as I didn't have the camera LOL

Sunshine Coast Queensland

reckless
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Great pic's Birdie, even if you were at the zoo.
That Emerald Dove is amazing.
Just a thought, may be try worms, bugs ect because I've never seen a Whip Bird with money. LOL.

birdie
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Ha ha Reckless..... How would you tell anyway?.... they are always off as quick as lightning from my experience. The best sighting I have ever had was last week at Boreen Point, but it was too dark in the bush for good photography. The only reason the male gave me such a display and stayed very visible for a good ten minutes was because I had separated him from his female who was caught on the other side of the bush track when I surprised them ( and me ). He did his darnedest to keep me busy while she scurried away causing a ripple in the bracken than I just could not see through.
I even have them in my garden but just can't get to see them. The catbird is much more cooperative ! LOL

Sunshine Coast Queensland

reckless
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Birdie, I would show you all my great pic's but like you the only time i would get a chance for a shot would be at the zoo.
They sound beautiful though. That was a great pic you got, they love to hide even in enclosures.

owlbaby
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Wow birdie, those shots are FANTASTIC. the best shots i ever got at Taronga Zoo are still dark...It's sometimes amazing how big the rainforest aviary is. For example, a couple of times i have seen the male Regent bowerbird there, but more often than not, i don't even glimpse it. My brother has seen the Noisy Pitta there only once, but I have never seen it.

don't forget to have a hoot!

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Just remembered...the last time i was at the zoo, the whipbird kept sitting on the windowsill of the edge of the enclosure and looking at it's reflection. We wondered if he/she was thinking that it was looking at a cooperative future mate, or just enjoying the sight of him/herself

don't forget to have a hoot!

birdie
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Hi Owlbaby
You have been very active here for a newcomer...welcome to this forum. Thanks for your nice comments re my shots.... I have to admit that I had no luck at all at Taronga Zoo Aviary and found it very disappointing compared to Oz Zoo. I don't remember any windows but maybe I went to another aviary? Half the zoo was closed the day we went there and my battery had gone by the time we watched the Live show thanks to my daughter's intense shooting of the elephant show earlier!

Sunshine Coast Queensland

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These are sensational shots

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