Pied Currawong by onewing

Pied Currawong

Photo club tonight so won’t get chance to catch up with photos I’m afraid. Always seems to be something going on here at the moment. I will try and catch up right now while I am having a cup of tea before we go out. We always eat out before club night, so at least I don’t have to cook dinner tonight.

Today’s picture is of a currawong who has been visiting regularly lately, along with his missus,
looking for food and I have been feeding them raw mince. At first they were very timid, but they are getting braver, although when the kookaburra’s arrive they are very wary and you can guess who gets to the meat first if the currawong’s don’t catch the meat as I throw it in the air. You can tell who is the boss in our garden.

Sometimes lately though the male currawong has been taking meat straight from my hand. David isn’t as brave as me because currawong’s beaks are huge, but Mr Currawong takes the meat so gently from my hand. He even let me get really close up with the camera to take a photo of him.

Currawong’s are between 42 cm and 50 cm in size (16 to 19 inches) and they are my favourite Australian birds.

Whenever they arrive David says “Your familiar is here”. For those who have been following me for a while, you will realize that we are getting back to the witch in a previous life story. I think it is time to turn David back into a frog again for a while, ha ha.

Today's black and white photo
http://365project.org/onewing/topics/2014-05-27
Excellent catch! You can almost see him breathing! Fav!
May 27th, 2014  
This is a great shot, I love the irridecent eyes. I took a similar shot on the weekend which I may post in the next few days.
May 27th, 2014  
Amazing close up - those eyes are mesmerising
May 27th, 2014  
Excellent detail, he looks very intent!
May 27th, 2014  
A terrific clear and detailed shot. I love his big yellow eye, and that little hook on the end of his beak.
May 27th, 2014  
Super image Babs, FAV :-)
May 27th, 2014  
superb close-up! Love the detail and the eye is particularly striking!
May 27th, 2014  
How lucky are you Babs to get that close to him. I love the colour of their eyes. Fabulous shot!
May 27th, 2014  
Good luck at camera club tonight.
May 27th, 2014  
Great bird's eye view!
May 27th, 2014  
Sam
What a close up! Instant FAV Babs!
May 27th, 2014  
Super close up -- looks so like our crow in the UK !
May 27th, 2014  
Sue
I used to like currawongs till I found one plucking a live dove in my back yard, getting ready to eat it! But fab photo!
May 27th, 2014  
Great shot - it does look like a crow - must be part of the same family. Love it.
May 27th, 2014  
fantastic capture :)
May 27th, 2014  
Stunning close up detail. Fav
May 27th, 2014  
Wow, an amazing close up and a whole new meaning to a birds eye view! :D
May 27th, 2014  
wow, up close and personal! fav
May 27th, 2014  
Kat
Gorgeous photo. Fav. :)
May 27th, 2014  
Beautifully focused shot!
May 27th, 2014  
@savannah51 Thanks so much for the fav Sharon. He seemed quite happy for me to take a photo of him.

@karlow75 Thanks Kane. Look forward to your shot too. I just love their eyes.

@debilz Thanks Deb. The eyes are magnificent aren't they.

@jackie8 Thanks Jackie. I think he was wanting more food. Nothing is for free in this world is it.

@888rachel Thanks Rachel. They are my favourite bird and their song is wonderful.

@hermann Thanks so much for the fav Sally.

@angelat Thanks Angela. I love their eyes too.

@elaine55 Thanks so much Elaine. A bit late now. I am just checking out 365 while I have a cuppa before bed. Got 3rd place for my theme photo tonight. David got first. Keep it in the family!

@wordpixman Thanks Arthur. I just love currawong's they are my favourite bird here in Australia.

@gigiflower Thanks so much for the fav Sam.

@beryl Thanks Beryl. Yes they are crow family but they have white on their wings and tail.

@sioux Oh dear. I feel like that about kookaburra's too, when one took off with a baby blue tongue lizard. I still feed them though sometimes. I suppose everything eats something. We catch fish and eat them.

@iwatts Thanks so much Ian. Haven't seen you around for a while, hope you are okay. Yes currawong's are crow family, but their eye is a different colour and they have white on their wings and tail. They have a beautiful song too.

@onlyme111 Thanks so much Gaylene.

@flyrobin Thanks so much for the fav Robyn.

@lilminimonka Thanks so much Brianna. Aren't their eyes fantastic.

@lynnz Thanks so much for the fav Lynn. He is such a beautiful bird.

@darthkitty Thanks so much for the fav Kat. They are my favourite birds too.

@loweygrace Thanks so much Lois. Luckily he let me get really close for this shot. With a beak like that he probably thought he was safe.
May 27th, 2014  
Absolutely Fantastic detailed image Babs, love the catch light in the eye;)
May 27th, 2014  
Super! Love the catchlight and great focus.
May 27th, 2014  
What a great close up, especially that eye.
May 27th, 2014  
Great close up! Love the eye colour!
May 28th, 2014  
fav!!
May 28th, 2014  
Super close up. Such a stunning eye colour. I'm surprised they're so gentle as they don't look like they would be. Fav
May 28th, 2014  
Deb
Fantastic close up. Love the story behind this one. That beak does look a little intimidating.
May 28th, 2014  
WhOA...Babs. This is stunning!!! Super Duper FAV
May 28th, 2014  
Fav - fab shot and your kindness to them has rewarded you!
May 28th, 2014  
Great close up Babs! Wonderful detail, great to see it so close.
May 28th, 2014  
oh Babs he is a stunner - I adore them - I have found that often the birds with the scariest beaks are the gentlest to feed - it is all in the shape too
May 28th, 2014  
Wonderful Babs, fav.
May 28th, 2014  
Excellent capture!! fav!
May 28th, 2014  
Magnificent close up love it fav
May 28th, 2014  
Wow .. super close up... A FAV!
May 29th, 2014  
@pcoulson @angelar @nanm @kwind @moviegal1 @kathiecb @dgrynn @eyesmile @quietpurplehaze @dianeburns @annied @paulaw @nicoleterheide @tracelee @lafish
So sorry for the group reply again, but we were out last night and out all day today too. I will be catching up on your photos tomorrow, but I am so tired tonight. Just had a lovely bath and soon off to bed.
I just spotted tonight that this photo and my Camel Train photo are both on the trending page and the popular page. Thank you all so much for voting for them with your lovely comments and fav's.
May 29th, 2014  
@onewing

Babs, so very well done for both. Congrats!!!
May 29th, 2014  
@quietpurplehaze Thanks so much Hazel. I am trying to catch up tonight for a little while, but I am so tired. Been out all day with our local U3A and I am getting a bit cross eyed now. Will be in bed soon. night night.
May 29th, 2014  
I like this shot, especially the detail, the eye.
May 29th, 2014  
@gamelee Thanks so much Lee. I love the detail on the eye too. A nature photographer friend of mine once said, "Get the focus on the eye and the rest just falls into place". Hope I have done his words justice with this shot.
May 30th, 2014  
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