Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #2: The Birds

The Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park conducts ranger-led activities on a regular basis. Guests are allowed into one of the aviaries to meet a number of interestingly-named parrots. But first — here are the emus (Dromaius novaehollandiae) and one of the peacocks.

Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

This is Happy Feet, the most approachable and curious of the emus.

Happy Feet

Happy Feet

Emu feet

Emu feet

You’ll not want to annoy the owner of these feet, because they seem to be made for disemboweling. One foot is resting on the other, which I think is an odd sort of behaviour. Do all emus do this, or is this habit restricted to a particular bird?

Having a drink. The water dish sits in a recess in a tree stump.

Having a drink. The water dish sits in a recess in a tree stump.

Tilting its head back to swallow

Tilting its head back to swallow

Tilting its head back to swallow

Tilting its head back to swallow

 Indian peafowl or blue peafowl (Pavo cristatus)

Indian peafowl or blue peafowl (Pavo cristatus)

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) are native to India and Sri Lanka.

When you visit a close-to-nature sort of area it is always a good idea to have sturdy footwear. Because you might meet characters like Dexter.

Dexter the attack cockatoo

Dexter the attack cockatoo

Dexter likes feet. And ankles. And knees. And bums, if you’re incautious enough to bend or squat in his presence. I’m not sure about faces, though; I don’t think anyone has been game to try.

Manson the Major Mitchell's cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri), a.k.a. Leadbeater's cockatoo

Manson the Major Mitchell’s cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri), a.k.a. Leadbeater’s cockatoo

Jojo the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo ( Cacatua galerita)

Jojo the Sulphur Crested Cockatoo ( Cacatua galerita)

I’m told that Jojo is not a face eater. He (or she) is actually quite friendly.

cockatoo05

The green parrot is an Eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus) called Ted. Ted has been taking lessons from Dexter.

Eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus)

Eclectus parrot (Eclectus roratus)

 

There appears to be a common theme in parrot names (except perhaps in Jojo’s case). I’ll leave it to the reader to decide what it might be.

2015
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #1: Quoll and Devils
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #2: The Birds
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #3: Roos
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #4: Koalas and Echidna

2016
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park #1: Wombats and Dingoes
Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park 2016 #2: Roos

Date: 03 August 2015
Camera: Pentax K-5
Lens 1: Pentax smc DA 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 ED SDM
Ambient light only.
Conditions: Sunny
Hand-held only.
Cropping and resizing in Irfanview.

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