My son, Chris, and I were wandering around Brisbane's Botanical Garden trying to stay awake until a reasonable bedtime, after a 6 am arrival from the LOOOONG flight.
Spotting this unique fellow gave a nice burst to my level of alertness.. This Bush Stone Curlew's seemed totally in afraid; still, I didn't notice how legs bent until I was processing the image.
I like Brisbane a lot. The river winds through the city while the City Cats ply the waters. The city has become more sophisticated in the last 13 years, gourmet restaurants abound. We are doing a home exchange in Mooloolaba in a few days
Hello Pat, Lucky you to survive that long flight. aagh. I have never been "down under" . Long way to go. My trips to China and Japan etc were long enough as I generally started from Hawaii. Looking forward to see some of the sights of this area. I cannot even pronounce the place you are going to stay Mookootaba?
The photo is a neat shot of this bird. Nothing we have here in Arizona, but it looks like a feisty one. Great detail and sharp with the feathers. Have a great visit. Regards, .
What an interesting and somehow fascinating sight! Thanks to the excellent qualitiy of the picture one can see all little details of the bird and the blurred background makes it wonderfully stand out - a nearly 3D effect. I'm a bit envious of the bird's suppleness ... ;-)
Greetings from still summery and during the days warm Germany, from the spa town Bad Pyrmont! Have a nice weekend!
It does look funny with his legs bent that way while he sits down. I believe wading birds' legs bend the same way, but I never saw an image of one sitting down. Excellent shot with wonderful clarity from the long end of your lens.
So...you're down-under! Enjoy! Rob has decided he's done with long haul flights.
plimrn (2016/09/24 11:40:28): I didn't realize that water birds legs bent like this, thank you. I've been thinking that I might be as well but Chris & I have talked about this trip for a long time.
far from home :).
Brisbane is a special city for me as I spent there (around indooroopilly) my very first years. So only few souvenirs because I went back to France for my 5 years birthday. But a place where I've to go back for sure.
Funny how stands the bird. It reminds me the Kookaburra we saw a lot but this one is much much taller.
plimrn (2016/09/24 22:51:22): Brisbane has changed A LOT since I was here in 2003. It is way more cosmopolitan but unlike many places or even in 03, races/cultures appear to be happily integrated......I haven't noticed ethnic clustering. People are really friendly and helpful. It is well worth as return visit
I always knew that the Aussies are a little "upside down" ... LOL ... what a strange leg "construction", it is really. I have never come over such a bird, I am hoping it is not hurt? I have been to Brisbane but otherwise I have seen more of the West and also South for example Tasmania. Funny is that I came over a fun couple from Australia/East Coast tenting next to us some weeks ago in Utah. They were doing a motor bike tour. I was totally unaware how much I missed Australia in all these years I have not been there until I met the two, I haven't talked Aussie English in a long time. Needless to say that we exchanged business cards and fell in love immediately :-) Australians are definitely much more European for sure. You're doing an exchange, how exciting. Will you see Lisa???? If yes, will you tell her that we miss her badly on PF???? All my best to you, enjoy Australia, how long will you stay?
PS. By the way the couple we house sat for in Colorado, they have now moved from Alaska to Spokane ... we're coming closer to your corner if we ever visit these guys there :-)
plimrn (2016/09/26 21:19:16): I loved Brisbane 13 years ago and it is even better now. It is really booming and much more cosmopolitan: great restaurants, wonderful fresh picked vegetables and a much wider mix of nationalities. The surprising thing is that groups don't seem to form by ethnic identity and everyone is friendly and helpful. The place is amazingly clean. I think prosperity has been a great mood elevator here.
We happened to arrive at the tail-end of the Brisbane Festival. It had been painting the town pink for the last 3 weeks with plays, ballet, music, art shows and last night the grand finale was "River Fire." There were fireworks from many sites along the river, helicopters, jets, police bagpipe band and an excellent DJ playing good music. . We were standing near the security guards and they were as friendly and helpful as everyone else, even taking care to move out of the way for the camera. I think all of Brisbane was there for show but people were very polite, there was no pushing even after the show. We took a City Cat across the river after the show. I noticed a street sweeper; but he didn't have anything to sweep up.
The bird wasn't hurt, when I was looking at bird pictures to determine the name, I saw this same pose more than once. Kath says this direction of bend is typical for water birds, but I had never seen this pose before. One source said that the joint that we notice is actually the ankle, which bends forward on humans as well
Spokane! Far out! BTW, Bend is Much nicer than Spokane ;-)
The legs of the bird bend very peculiar way. A good photo with perfect sharpness of the bird taken with a long focal length lens.
I was in a work trip in Brisbane 22 years ago. The city must have changed even more than from your previous visit. I was not able to see the city itself so much, but I was able to visit South Bank in the evening, which I liked a lot. The travel down under was memorable in many ways in spite of its nature as a work trip. When I left Helsinki in February, we had -25°C and when I landed on Brisbane airport, the temperature was around +30 °C. What a difference! I also went to Melbourne and could witness the rapid change of weather there. Good summer weather in the afternoon, rainy, chilly and windy autumnal weather the next morning.
plimrn (2016/09/29 23:56:22): That must have been real culture shock; although Australia, like Finland, has little graffiti and rubbish in the streets. In a week here, I have seen rubbish twice and graffiti once. The weather has been much like that now as well, very hot in the daytime, cool at night. We also had a huge rainstorm yesterday. The breeze is the salvation here....just like Maui
like you I only perceived the other part of the leg while opening the image. very beautiful animal and curious way to rest. perfect quality of image. I would like to visit australia, buit it is so far away from me and so expensive..
plimrn (2016/10/01 22:58:55): Surprisingly, groceries cost less than in the US. At least the produce, and the quality is the best I've seen in recent memory and I thought the produce in Europe was better than the US. Even frozen raspberries were 1/3 the cost. I'm here on a home exchange so the main cost was the flight