‘Feathers of Australia’.

The diversity of Australia’s birdlife is amazing, with over 800 species who live in every kind of environment.
From the mountains to the mangroves, and from the rainforests to the deserts, Australian birds have adapted to almost every kind of environment.
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Spot the Galah by Gemma Deavin, Longreach, Queensland.
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Smiling in Flight by BryanLJ, Maroochydore, Queensland.
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Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle by Glenna M, Bicheno, Tasmania.
via Feathers.

‘Motionless’ by Lorenzo Cassina.

Photo Of The Day is “Motionless” by Lorenzo Cassina. Location: Florida.
The short, thick-necked cattle egret spends most of its time in fields rather than streams.
It forages at the feet of grazing cattle, head bobbing with each step, or rides on their backs to pick at ticks. This stocky white heron has yellow plumes on its head and neck during breeding season.
Originally from Africa, it found its way to North America in 1953 and quickly spread across the continent.
Elsewhere in the world, it forages alongside camels, ostriches, rhinos, and tortoises—as well as farmers’ tractors.
Caption by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Photographed at Flamingo Gardens in Davie, Florida.
See more of Lorenzo Cassina’s photography at lorenzo-cassina.pixels.com.
Source: Photo Of The Day By Lorenzo Cassina – Outdoor Photographer

The Rainbow Bee Eater.

rainbow_bee_eaterRainbow bee-eaters (Merops ornatus) can be found during the summer in forested areas in most of southern Australia and Tasmania.
They migrate north during the winter into northern Australia, New Guinea, and some of the southern islands of Indonesia.
Males and females are similar colours although females are slightly duller in appearance.
via GALLERY: The incredible colours of birds.

Helping the Crashed Birds in the Highlands.

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 Photo: The Manx Shearwater.
Tough little birds have been crash landing in a west Highland village as they start their massive migration to South America.
But the confused Manx shearwater have been given a helping hand on their journey by two Anglia Ruskin University students.
Life Sciences students Martyna Syposz and Filipa Goncalves have been assisting local volunteers in rescuing Manx shearwaters and sending them on their way.
Mallaig, a small port on the west coast of Scotland, is just 18 miles from the island of Rum, which hosts the second largest colony of Manx shearwaters in the world.
The birds migrate thousands of miles from Rum to South America each autumn, but some disorientated juveniles don’t make it any further than the mainland.
One theory is that young birds are blown in the direction of Mallaig due to their inexperience in the air, and are then confused by light pollution. The seabirds start to circuit above the buildings, become fatigued and eventually crash.
Martyna said: “Due to their physiology, unlike most other species of birds Manx shearwaters are not able to take off very easily from a flat surface.
“They have long wings and because their legs are positioned towards the back of their body, they also find walking difficult. That’s why volunteers are needed to rescue them.”
Fellow student Filipa said: “We searched for them every night, caught them and kept them safe until we could release them.
“The final stage was done early in the morning.
We released the birds from the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry, which is a good high spot to help them fly and also avoid predation by gulls, and wished them a safe journey to the South Atlantic.”
Continue the Article via Helping hand for crashed birds in west Highlands – Press and Journal.

The Red Billed Oxpecker.

Top Shot: Close Call.
Your Shot photographer Samuel Cox captured this photo of a shocked Red Billed Oxpecker narrowly avoiding a quick shower from the raising head of a drinking giraffe.
“Just an excellent example of a perfectly timed image,” writes Your Shot producer Matt Adams, who selected this image for the Daily Dozen.
“I love the moment of the giraffe lifting it’s head up after taking a drink and the Red Billed Oxpecker is just placed in the right spot in this frame.
You have to be quick to grab a moment like this and know how to compose this photo. Great work, Samuel.”
Image Credit: Photograph by Samuel Cox
Source: Editors’ Spotlight — National Geographic Your Shot

‘Bird Portraits’ by Gary Heery.

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Feathered friends are the subject of Bird, the latest book from Gary Heery, one of Australia’s most celebrated portrait photographers.
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Heery says to capture the birds in motion he erected a translucent tent, creating an intimate and contained environment in which the birds could fly. “I treated it, not unlike any other portraiture situation, as a kind of controlled spontaneity,” he says.
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The end result is a collection of dynamic, yet almost clinically detailed, images, with each bird’s distinct personality captured in all its glory.

Read on via Bird portraits by Gary Heery: ‘a kind of controlled spontaneity’ – in pictures | Art and design | The Guardian