Ooh, Shiny!!!

First I thought this is all about shiny things and then I read what this weeks photo challenge is all about. It’s about things that always manage to catch your attention. So here is my take on “Ooh, Shiny!!!”

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A beautiful sunset always catches my attention. To the point where I just stop talking to people. Rude? Maybe… worth looking? For sure…

And birds. Especially the special ones like our Rainbow Lorikeets or Cockatoos. But for sure eagles as well. Nope, they are not shiny, but they for sure stand out…

Cockatoos – Did You Know…


… That cockatoos are the loudest of all parrots? They screech and even scream to communicate with each other. In the wild, cockatoos live in the rainforests of Australia, Indonesia, New Guinea and other nearby islands.

Cockatoos are recognizable by the showy crests and curved bills. Their plumage is generally less colorful than that of other parrots, being mainly white, grey or black and often with colored features in the crest, cheeks or tail. On average they are larger than other parrots; however, the cockatiel, the smallest cockatoo species, is a small bird. s. The five large black colored cockatoos of the genus Calyptorhynchus form one branch. The second and larger branch is formed by the genus Cacatua, comprising 11 species of white-plumaged cockatoos and four monotypic genera that branched off earlier; namely the pink and white Major Mitchell’s cockatoo, the pink and grey galah, the mainly grey gang-gang cockatoo and the large black-plumaged palm cockatoo.

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Australian Magpie – Did You Know…

… That the Australian magpie is a medium-sized black and white bird native to Australia and southern New Guinea? The Australian Magpie is not related to the European Magpie. The adult Australian magpie is a fairly robust bird ranging from 37 to 43 cm (14.5 to 17 in) in length, with distinctive black and white plumage, gold brown eyes and a solid wedge-shaped bluish-white and black bill. The male and female are similar in appearance, and can be distinguished by differences in back markings. With its long legs, the Australian magpie walks rather than waddles or hops and spends much time on the ground.

Described as one of Australia’s most accomplished songbirds, the Australian magpie has an array of complex vocalisations. It is omnivorous, with the bulk of its varied diet made up of invertebrates. It is generally sedentary and territorial throughout its range. Common and widespread, it has adapted well to human habitation and is a familiar bird of parks, gardens and farmland in Australia and New Guinea. This species is commonly fed by households around the country, but in spring a small minority of breeding magpies (almost always males) become aggressive and swoop and attack those who approach their nests.


While we have this myth in Switzerland (anywhere else in Europe?) that magpies bring snow, this of course can not really be said here in Down Under. But it honestly still gets me every time I see one of those beautiful birds out there. The word “snow” will immediately pop up in my mind… Some things you can just not forget 😉
 

SL-Week 45: Birds

One of the things that fascinate me in Australia are all the birds we have here. Cockatoos, Emus, all the normal birds you find everywhere else basically, lorikeets, frogmouths, owls and so on. The ones I adore the most are the lorikeets with their amazingly colorful feathers. And they are loud. Well, at least you know where to find them. It’s difficult to choose a picture today for Silvain Landry’s SL-Week Photo Challenge so I decided to post a couple of them.

One Word Photo Challenge – Bird

I have not participated in this fantastic photo challenge for a while and only just realized it. If you have never heard of the OWC by Jennifer Nichole Wells, then you should definitely head over and check it out. Not only her One Word Challenge but also the Color My World one are fantastic.

I thought this picture might actually combine both of them, although… it’s not really Olive Green… but let’s just pretend it is, shall we?

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