Gee, my post title is a bit punny, don’t you think? I amuse myself. This week I am dropping in a quick contribution to Lisa’s Bird Weekly Challenge. I’m too busy on my hols at the moment to sort through photos, so I will limit my contribution to just one bird, the Crested Pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) or crestie for short. It is an easy one for me since the cresties are regular visitors to my garden.
Last month, I heard the currawongs (no photos this time) singing in huge numbers outside my front door. It had just started to rain and the rain was acting as chief choir master and choreographer, hence the joint was jiving. So I grabbed my camera and sat on the wet door step to enjoy the performance. Not long after that, the cresties rocked up.
Cresties were formerly restricted to arid inland areas of Australia but have now taken up residence in urban areas too. They prefer lightly wooded grassland with a reliable water source as they must drink every day. There must be quite a few bird baths in our area because there are many cresties in the vicinity. Cresties feed mostly on native seeds (someone should tell them that African Love Grass is not native!) and some insects. They also like the dregs of the mostly eaten canary seed we throw out on our front yard every few days.
I find cresties quite skittish and easily startled when approached. However since I was already seated, they were quite happy to go about their business in my front yard. At first they looked for some leftover canary seed, then because it was raining lightly and the ants were on the move, they decided to settle in for some therapeutic anting (dust-bathing but with insects).
Happy birds, happy life.
Unfortunately, I have difficulty getting birds nicely in (auto)focus even when they are still and the light is good. I did some research and found that it is a common problem with my brand of camera. Phew! However, getting a new beaut camera wouldn’t necessarily solve all my problems, not until I come to grips with some photography basics and grow some biceps. So I thought I should persist and learn how to ‘manual’ focus. It’s a big step for me. Success. Kind of.
Manual focus is no panacea (and bloody difficult) but it will keep me off the streets for a while yet. I was very tired yesterday so I took a blanket out to the front yard and had a lie down. The dogs make lying down in the backyard rather tricky and the birds are not welcomed. I was astonished when this crestie joined me. I think it was hoping for some canary seed but no such luck.
Anyway, I had better get back to ‘it’.
Take care, everyone.