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, March 30, 2011

Swamp Hens

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Swamp hens drifting round the fringe of the wetlands in Boundary Road Reserve, Dromana, Mornington Peninsula
World Bird Wednesday #XIX

Shiny blue and black
Chunky red beaked wanderers
Beauty in wetlands

World Bird Wednesday is hosted by Springman


Gary said...

Wow!! Great captures. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Bill S. said...

It looks like they are pairing up for raising their young. A very interesting bird.

Fotokarusellen said...

A great shot. Well done.

Stafford Ray said...

The swamp hen, here called the water hen (apparently we are too posh to have swamps, but we do have wetlands :-), are a-plenty but have you ever seen them take off? I have watched thousands of take-offs and wonder if they have been put together from a kit. Every part seems to battle every other part as they threaten to disintegrate! Lovely pics.

Andrew said...

A beautiful bird I was unaware of Gemma. Lovely image.

Sondra said...

What an interesting bird...beautiful red on the face-

Carletta said...

Wow, what gorgeous red features!
I love those blue feathers too.
Beautiful image!

Springman said...

That is one strange bird Gemma. Thanks for sharing! ;-)WBW

Rebecca said...

Very interesting bird.. Thanks for posting the great photo.

Nicole said...

These are way cool - and you got that close, wow!

Pat said...

Great picture of these birds! I also like your Haiku!

mick said...

Great photo - they are always interesting birds to watch.



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