The Kookaburra whizzes across the path, his brilliant blue wings flashing in the early morning sun. He sits silhouetted against the blue sky, turning this way and that, posing for a photo. Many of the group have high powered zoom lenses and capture a close up of this Blue-winged kookaburra. Did you know he can’t laugh?
I’m on a bird watching walk in George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens run by National Parks as part of Parks Week. Honeyeaters sing in the flowering gums and spoonbills fly overhead like a couple of jumbo jets. Curlews stand to attention, not moving a muscle, they think they are hiding in the shadows of the tree. We track down the birds by focusing on finding the flowering plants, which I find a much more interesting way to bird watch than wandering around with the binoculars to my eyes not seeing a thing!
Another bonus of the walk was to explore more of the Gardens, such a beautiful place especially during the wet season.
I can’t resist sharing this photo. It’s the flower from a cannonball tree. The delicate flowers hang off a vine like stem around the tree and they seem at odds with the huge balls of fruit.