Featherdale Wildlife Park, Oct 2009 (Part Three)

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

The original post got too long, so Featherdale Wildlife Park’s birds of prey, tawny frogmouths and kookaburras get their own page. The water birds (and others) are in Part Two.

That’s a rather interesting expression on the face of the Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) above.

Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

Black-breasted Buzzard (Hamirostra melanosternon)

Barking Owl/Winking Owl (Ninox connivens)

Australian Masked Owl (Tyto novaehollandiae)

All the birds above were photographed from outside their respective enclosures. The fact that the pix turned out well (with the exception of the Barking Owl who has a very out-of-focus cage wire partially occluding its feet) is very satisfying.

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

The Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) is often thought to be an owl, but it is closely related to the nightjars and is not a raptorial bird.

The frogmouth and kookaburra enclosure is visitor-accessible. The birds will tolerate a light and gentle touch.

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Tawny Frogmouth (Podargus strigoides)

Preening. Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)

Kookaburras are members of the kingfisher family.

A Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) sunning itself

[return to part one]
[return to part two]


Date: 23 October 2009
Camera: Pentax K100D Super
Lens 1: Pentax DA 50-200mm f/4-5.6 ED
Ambient light only.
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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