AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Baby Butcher Bird

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A baby butcher bird sleeping on my verandah railing in the Dromana Hills, Mornington Peninsula
World Bird Wednesday #8

Tiny wee muppet
Beautiful but loud warbling
Character on wings

Pics by Gemma Wiseman ~ Waking up!

World Bird Wednesday is hosted by Springman


Martha Z said...

A big bill on a little bird. You do have a lot of birds unknown in the US.

holdingmoments said...

What a beauty.
Like Martha says, such a big bill.

Johnny Nutcase said...

aw! what a cutie :) Looks like he let you get some nice shots!

mick said...

Great photos - it looks like a very young bird.

theconstantwalker said...

Interesting name of this little beauty. Just googled this relative of the Magpie. Similar behaviour as some of our Shrikes. I won't add more. lol

Gary said...

Grand photos!! We have a butcher bird also called a Northern Shrike. Boom & Gary of The Vermilon River, Canada.

Springman said...

Your Butcher Bird is quite a character and you have taken the definative pictures. Fantasticly detailed capture!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great bird! I am posting to World Bird for the first time this week. Most of my bird pix don't turn out well enough (another of my many goals to get better at!)

jo©o said...

Asleep, with feathers fluttering in the breeze. Good picture, Gemma. Not so sure I like the bird all that much. I understand you are well away from the floods. What a disaster for the country.

Dixxe said...

WOW such a wonderful bird small with that mighty beak---taking a power nap!!

Sweet Repose-Junk Revival said...

Seeing sweet lil' critters like this just makes me want to grab my paint brush and start an image in softness.

I can so identify with the flooding, it's so tragic anywhere in the heart goes out to your fellow Aussies Gemma!!!


EmptyNester said...

You take such amazing photos! I almost reached up to touch my computer screen!

Anonymous said...

oh, so cute! so precious!


Larry said...

Excellent shots of the Butcher Bird Gemma. I love the first shot of the little guy sleeping.



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