Nature's Place


Alert in her strange environment, feeling vulnerable perhaps, being unused to having a human with a camera so close.

*Click on the pictures for a proper look … and click again

Highlight removed from the eye, to see which looks best. Still don’t know – on this small lo-res laptop screen.

Carefully maneuvered for a shot with natural background, as she raised her head and opened her beak.

That’s close enough, she said, don’t force me to fly in the daylight. Ok I said, and left with what I had – enough for now.

Early morning, up the stairway of the old queenslander, and there she was. Sitting on the railing, looking a little out of place, keeping a sharp eye on the stranger, me.
I gave her all the room there is at the top of the stairs and through the morning she watched me coming and going through slitted eyes.
I have seen her at night on the fence, stalking the birds daytime feeding ground, where nocturnal creatures would feed on crumbs.
Silent up close as on the wing, you never hear her come and go. But there she was.
© Mark Berkery ……. Click on those pictures for a closer look

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  1. Glen Fox said, on 12/04/2019 at 11:46 pm

    That is a Frogmouth, not an owl. Great photos! I greatly enjoy and admire your images.

  2. Rupali said, on 12/04/2019 at 7:26 pm

    Amazing captures and entertaining captions :)

    • Mark said, on 12/04/2019 at 8:31 pm

      We aim to entertain … some.

      Thanks Rupali.

  3. Lissa Clayton said, on 12/04/2019 at 1:08 pm

    Beautiful :) What a wondrous visitor.

  4. Dee said, on 12/04/2019 at 10:35 am

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos, Mark, what a wonderful bird and a wonderful experience for you.

    • Mark said, on 12/04/2019 at 2:56 pm

      Thanks Dee. A visit to the garden is a little adventure these days, after years of wild care and development.

  5. Leoniechinup said, on 12/04/2019 at 9:09 am

    What great photographs. We are lucky enough to have frogmouths visit here in Sydney, one of my favourite birds.

    • Mark said, on 12/04/2019 at 2:55 pm

      Thanks Leonie. A wild and wet garden will attract many creatures.

      It’s a bonus when the bigger ones make the verandahs their home too, if only for a day.

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