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Brolga

Brolga (Image ID 46327)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Tue 18th May, 2021 and uploaded on Wed 19th May, 2021 .
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ID46327
CommentI bumped into this group of Brolga while driving along a track on the Western Lagoon, Werribee TP. I saw them ahead of me and they showed no inclination to move. I was more than happy to stop at a distance and try for a reasonably close portrait of them. I emerged and put my camera on a monopod, as advised by our long-suffering but infinitely patient Birdlife moderators who were concerned, as they euphemistically put it, about my images being “a little soft”, something no doubt related to my septuagenarian unsteadiness of arm and leg. As I slowly and carefully inched towards them, commando style, they went into a sort of huddle, evidently trying to decide what, if anything, to do about me. I can imagine what they were saying. “He has one of those long metal sticks. Do you think he is one of those ‘if-it-moves-shoot-it” types?”…”No, no need to worry, probably just another ‘if-it-moves-watch-it’ type we keep seeing around here”… “But I just heard on the bird chatline that the Victorian Government is going ahead with its annual duck massacre and allowing hunters to double the size of their ‘bag’ since our duck cousins have committed the crime of breeding normally again after a long drought”…”Remember, that’s how us Brolgas almost became extinct around here”…”Actually, I don’t think he’s a danger to us, look, he has a bald head just like us!”. Anyway, in the end there was no consensus. One pair of the birds suddenly took to the air off to the right. The other three less flappable birds leisurely ambled down to the adjoining wetland on the left, before finally taking off to reunite with the other pair.
EquipmentNikon Z7ii, Nikon 300mm PF f4, TC1.4, focal length 420mm,

ISO 1250

1/800th f18

Monopod
LocationWerribee Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria
Keywordsadult
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