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)


Saturday, April 2, 2011

In the World of a Swamp Hen

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ A swamp hen enjoying the wetlands at Boundary Road Reserve, Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
Weekend in Black and White meme

Hidden in long grass
Glimpse of feathered water hens
Secrets of wetlands

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cyclopseven said...

That secret should remain so, for nature to sustain herself:)

JM said...

I love this bird. We have a 'cousin' here, very similar.

Carver said...

Great shot of the bird and scenery. Happy weekend!

Woody said...

I've never heard or seen a 'swamp hen', it's very distinctive and BIG.

lina@home sweet home said...

It's my first time to see a swamp hen...
Great shot!

Genie said...

I have never seen a swamp hen. She is a most impressive gal. Don’t think I would like to get too near to her feet.....ouch! The contrasts are nice.

fredamans said...

Interesting bird!

NatureFootstep said...

nice to see. I always marvelles about their feet. They are so cool. :)

Lesley said...

smart hen - always looking behind her, just to be sure...

REJEN said...

Nice picture...;-D

Dragonstar said...

Lovely shot. That expression is priceless. She looks like the bird I know as a Coot.



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