Sunday Selections # 179

Welcome back to Sunday Selections!

This once-a- week-meme was originally begun by Kim of Frog Ponds Rock, as a way to showcase some of the many photos we all take, but don't get around to showing on our blogs.

The rules are very simple:-
1. post photos of your choice, old or new, under the Sunday Selections title
2. link back to me, River, somewhere in your post
3. leave me a comment so that I know you've joined in and can come over and see what you've posted.
4. hop on over to TheElephant’s Child to see more of her wonderful photos.

Kath and Andrew often join in.
There are a couple of other participants too:
Jackie K at WorkingThrough It

I usually go with a theme for my Sunday Selections and this week I'm continuing with some photos of Zoo animals. 
Except today, they're birds.

this black cockatoo is very friendly. He seems to have claimed this corner of the rail for himself, he is always there waiting for anyone at all to come and scratch his head. 

here is a lovely photo of a cage, with a bird in it.  I've been told that if you focus the shot on a specific part of the bird, such as his eye or beak, the fence disappears. I've tried it and it does work, BUT, it is easier if the grid is bigger and MUCH easier if the bird doesn't move. 

in this shot, the grid in front of the bird is almost invisible. If I'd zoomed in just a little more, I might have got the clear shot.

our one and only, lonely, remaining flamingo. He/she pined a bit after the older bird died, so there are ducks in the pond with him and a couple of mirrors have been hung so that he sees another flamingo.

the Cassowary, a rather unusual looking bird and very curious too, always coming right up to the camera. 

a peacock, who wouldn't spread his tail, no matter how many times I said please and called him a pretty boy.
A week after this was taken, J, me and the other J, went to a wildlife park where there is an albino peacock and of course I took photos, but haven't resized those yet.

silly bird raised his head a fraction just as I clicked the shutter button. But isn't he lovely?

once again, I wish I'd photographed the signs that say what type of birds they are. 

pretty birds all in a row

wait, I'm not at the top yet!

I love their bright colours.

I must have taken dozens of photos.

I was looking for the Toucan, but found Big Blue instead. (That's my name for him).
The Macaw. 
He finally stopped moving long enough for me to focus. Every other photo is cage with a blue blur.


  1. I'm trying to picture a land where these gorgeous creatures float from tree to tree (as free as a bird).

  2. Really stunning bird images River!

  3. Happy Sunday, River. I hope the week ahead is kind to you...I hope Angel is kind to you, too. ;)

  4. All very beautiful. I'm a bit afraid of cassowarys, but I am not sure if I should be.

  5. Stunning big birds, Cassowaries are reputed to be, "the most dangerous bird in the world". They are very territorial, especially during breeding season.
    This goes for in the wild as well as captivity.
    So, Andrew has good cause to feel afraid - his natural instincts are correct :)
    Steer clear of them if ever encountered up in the far north eastern tropical rainforests.

    Very sadly, they're endangered, as their habitats dwindle and humans encroach on their territory.

  6. Elephant's Child; I knew you'd like them.

    Delores; I'm not sure that all of these are Australian birds, I know the Macaw definitely isn't. It would be lovely to see them in their natural wild habitat.

    Joanne; they're so bright aren't they?

    Rose~from OZ; thank you.

    Lee; Angel is as kind as a kitten can be, until I want to take a nap.

    Andrew; I should think you'd be fine as long as you stay on your side of the fence. They appear more curious than vicious.

    Vicki; I stand corrected. I just told Andrew above they appear more curious than vicious. I really didn't know they are dangerous. I'll remember to stand well back when I'm aiming the camera.

  7. Beautiful photos. You've done well to capture them so clearly, as birds are not great at sitting still for the camera!
    Love the cassowary photo in particular - his face is arresting. I can see how you'd need to be careful of them.

  8. Jackie K; they're buggers for posing very still, then moving just as you click the shutter button.

  9. Beautiful, beautiful birds and oh those colours. Thank you for sharing yet another so interesting zoo walk.

  10. Mimsie; there's plenty more, but I need to sort out the photos.


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