There was a lonely heron too far away to snap, some spoonbills hiding their spoonbills and a green pygmy goose of which I only stopped to take one photo, thinking that the bird bonanza would be around the next corner. It's funny that now that I've taken quite a few photos of my feathered friends, suddenly these lovelies have become old hat to me. I'm forever on the search for something new, and as a result I'm taking fewer photos. I must remember to appreciate nature more and stop worrying about capturing new subject matter in my camera lens.
Having said that, I was still über excited when today - the day after bird week had ended - I hit the jackpot; I spied a bird that I had never photographed before, and I actually had my camera in my hand - bonus! This little parrot hangs out in the kapok tree in our neighbourhood. I've spotted it before, but I was driving and wasn't able to hop out of the car in the middle of traffic for a photo shoot. Believe me, I thought about it, but my little phone camera wouldn't be up to the job and you know - traffic. Today I was on foot. I had time to take numerous shots before a nearby dog had enough of my loitering near her property and decided to voice her opinion about it.
This colourful beauty is a Double-eyed Fig Parrot, and this is the female of the species. Isn't she gorgeous?!
I skipped home gleefully (not really, but in my mind I was skipping) and immediately downloaded my photos. I ooh-ed and aah-ed and dragged my family into the room to look at my find. They gave me an unenthusiastic "Cool, Mum" and went back to what they were doing. Never mind, this image will keep me happy for many days/weeks to come.