Monday, July 20, 2009

Getting it in the neck

Getting a sore neck looking up at birds does have some compensations. Some birds have their best feature tucked away under the bill. Male Rufous-throated Honeyeater (Conopophila rufogularis) leads off these examples from the past few days in Tyto.

Mature Spectacled Monarch (Symposiarchus trivirgatus) has plenty of colour to offer those peering up from down below.

Straw-necked Ibis (Threskiornis spinicollis) doesn't often demand neck-stretching exercises from observers as it walks by with straw-like plumes showing on its neck.


Denis Wilson said...

Some lovely northern birds there. The Rufous-throated HE and the Spectacled Monarch were both mere book entries for me, until I saw your post.
Nice Ibis - great sheen on the feathers.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Denis: Sadly, ibises are seldom seen at their best - in pictures or words.

Gouldiae said...

G'day Tony,
Went bird watching once with an elderly lady who tended to fall over if she needed to look through her binoculars at anything much above her eye level! Lovely lady mind you, knew her birds too - just had a balance problem.

Tyto Tony said...

Gidday Gouliae: Know the feeling. Sometimes find myself tipping forward when looking down through binos. V. scary when near steep edges!

Snail said...

Right. That's it. I'll definitely be dropping in with my camera and binos in the near future!

Do they still make shooting sticks? Mind you, I'm so unco that I'd just tip backwards on it as I panned upwards.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi Snail: Look forward to seeing you. I've considered light shooting stick, with a monopod attachment. Probably exists - at a fortune - in the US.

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