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Australian King Parrot (female) A lovely pair of King Parrots sat calmly in the rainforest at O'Reillys, giving us a fabulous photo opportunity 💚
We are off to see P!nk tonight. I first saw her in 2002 with my then 9 year old daughter, it was her first ever concert! Can't break tradition 💖
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So I had this House Finch (female/immature) stick around my backyard for quite some time acting weirder than the others that are eating at my feeders I have. So today I decided to go outside and take some pictures of it to show you guys. When I was out there it was looking not at me but up to the sun alot and really wanted to stick around and didn't want to leave if I went a little closer it would fly to the next wall dividing my backyard. And another day before today I think it was the same one but it decided to stay up beyond when birds usually stay up when it was really dark and it just didn't know what to do so it was flying everywhere. Then most of the time it would just sit in my hopper feeder and be all hunched against the seed holder. So I'm not really sure if it has the House Finch Eye Disease or just has some other disease or just acting too young. So if you know put what you think below. I would like to hear from you.🤔😊🐦🐦

(📷:Canon EOS 80D)(🔭:Tamron SP f/5-6.3 150-600mm G2)
Focal length: 600.0mm
Aperature: f/6.3
ISO/film: 400
And Shutter Speed: 1/ 1000



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Egret keeping an eye on a wasp
A wasp was turning around this little egret (Egretta garzetta) perched on a woody plot. I realized that I had captured the scene when checking the picture on my computer later on. The bird did not attempt to catch the wasp, though. As an aquatic bird, it typically feeds in shallow water, consuming a variety of small fishes and aquatic invertebrates plucked from the water. For fishing, the egret makes great use of its feet. One naturalist even argued that a hunting egret has foot moves that would put an ace soccer player to shame! In particular, egrets can not only engage in foot probing and foot paddling (by extending a foot as a probe or by rapidly paddling on the substrate with its feet) but they can flush prey from cover by foot stirring. The feeding bird extends one leg, then rapidly vibrates it so as to impart a raking, scraping, shuffling, or stirring motion to the foot, and then snaps at any prey disturbed. The yellow toes contrast with the black legs, raising the hypothesis that this distinctive pattern has evolved in conjunction with foot stirring. Interestingly, the Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) of the New World also has dark legs and bright yellow feet and also relies on foot stirring, unlike most herons and egrets that have uniformly dark feet. Because the feet of the small and snowy egrets are prominently displayed during courtship, the primary function of the distinctively colored feet is unclear. Andrew Meyerriecks, a Biology Professor at University of South Florida, suggested in 1959 that the egret’s bright yellow toes actually act as a lure during foot stirring. I find this hypothesis appealing. All fishermen know that a fishing lure is a type of artificial fishing bait which is designed to attract a fish's attention. The lure uses movement, vibration, flash and color to bait fish. All these qualities seem to be implemented by egrets’ feet. If anybody out there would like to stir egret feet decoys in ponds to check this theory, go ahead and let us know if it works ;)

Red-necked avocets.

Did you know that pigeons, like mammals, have milk glands, and both male and female parent will breastfeed their hatchlings for the first few days? This is a Western crowned pigeon, a species endemic to New Guinea and one of the largest pigeon species. They are terrestrial birds, eating fallen fruit, seeds and snails. They make the effort to fly only to find a safe branch for the night. Like all pigeons they have a small head (hence, 'pigeon brain' is more of an insult than 'bird brain"), but in both males and females it is decorated with a big crest. *
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