birds with attitude

By: Kirsty

Jun 01 2010

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Category: creatures, Daily Photos


Focal Length:200mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

As promised, here are the (sulphur crested) cockatoos that I photographed in the same town and on the same day as the galahs in my last post. I will happily admit to taking lots of shots that didn’t work before this one that did. Birds are VERY difficult subjects.

This is a true story. In the early days of mobile phones a company wanted to erect a tower in St Andrews, a the sleepy town outside Melbourne. Many of the residents there are lovers of the environment. There was a public outcry at the idea of an ugly phone tower so the phone company came up with a creative solution. They built a tower that looked exactly like a big gum tree. At least it did until the cockatoos got to it. Every evening huge flocks of them settled in its plastic branches. It only took them a few days to tear it to shreds.

The moral? Never try to fool a cockatoo!

11 comments on “birds with attitude”

  1. This shot is amazing! Great capture (and I know what you mean about birds!)

    I also have some good news to share with you….you’re the winner of the May Elemental Viewer Poll for your “Luck, Love & Laughter” photo entry! Thanks so much for taking the challenge and the viewers obviously enjoyed it as well. Now you get to choose a personal favorite from the selection of photos on either of my two blogs, and I’ll send you 5/7 print! When you find one just let me know and I’ll also need your address. Congrats!

  2. Magnificent shot, Kirsty. Yes, birds are very difficult to photograph while in flight, and they rarely sit still. You did a wonderful job with this one. Title fits perfectly! LOL

  3. Lol! This picture is inspirational Kirsty! To see these beautiful white birds flying free en masse is such a delight! My mother always used to say ‘look up in the sky – theres a surprise’ (usually a flock of birds) seems she was right:)

  4. Other than this being a fantastic photo, Kirsty, I feel very uplifted just viewing it! I know that it has a lot to do with the birds being white. Have you seen Kate’s post about Jonathon Livingston Seagull?

  5. Loved the story and the photo.

  6. What a gorgeous shot! I love the sense of movement and speed!

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