Thanks Ailsa, great theme this week, every one loves birds. ( click here to see more from other bloggers) They are not easy to photograph, but what a thrill when you manage to capture a good shot.
These are just a few of my personal favourites. When it rains a couple of Rainbow Lorikeets shelter on the back window sill, keeping dry under the eaves and I managed to capture this video of them. So cute.
G’day Ailsa thank you for your happy, bright theme this week. I am going to have some fun with some photos I took a couple of years ago when I last visited Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Click here to go to Ailsa’s site and see lots more bright contributions.
Most of the birds and animals at this wildlife park are Australian. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of this really bright Macaw. Then I decided to give him the “photo shop” treatment…
Now I’ve got the “photo shop bug” so I found this water dragon among my photos and decided to have fun with him…
This treatment makes him look like a dinosaur. In fact he only stands about 20 centimetres tall…
Finally this photo is of some of the lorikeets when they come in to be fed. Currumbin is famous for these colourful, raucous little fellows. The park originally started as a sanctuary for the lorikeets, a local man Alex Griffith, would feed them each evening and very soon the numbers of birds turning up for a feed swelled to thousands. People heard about them and started to turn up to watch the feeding.
This photo is not photo shopped…
CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY HISTORY (information from Google)
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary maintains a unique status in Australian tourism. With a
heritage spanning the pioneering days of Gold Coast tourism, Currumbin Wildlife
Sanctuary has also developed into a world-leader in the display and preservation of
Australia’s natural heritage.
With more than 1700 animals and birds, the Sanctuary is home to the largest collection
of Australian native wildlife in the world. Established more than 50 years ago, the
Sanctuary is also the Gold Coast’s longest-running attraction, attracting more than
450,000 visitors each year.
The Sanctuary was established in 1947 by beekeeper and flower grower Alex Griffiths,
who began feeding the region’s wild lorikeets to prevent them from ravaging his prized
blooms. The feeding of the colourful lorikeets soon developed from a local curiosity to a
popular tourist attraction.
In 1976, Alex gifted the Sanctuary to the people via the National Trust of Queensland, a
non-profit organisation dedicated to preserving the State’s natural and cultural heritage.
The Trust continues to operate the Sanctuary on a not-for-profit basis, with all revenue
reinvested back into the park, in conservation-based research, caring for sick and injured
wildlife and public education.
Originally known as Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, the park’s name was changed to
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in 1995 to better reflect the diverse range of animals on
Aussie birds are so vibrant in colour and also in personality. The lorikeet is loud, raucous and pushy but I love them.Right along the Burleigh beach front there are many Norfolk Pines and each evening on dusk thousands of lorikeets descend on them to roost for the night. It is known as a “rookery”. The noise of them all squawking and arguing over the best positions is deafening. You must be very careful not to walk under the trees…
If you were a bird and lived on high,
you’d lean on the wind when the wind came by,
you’d say to the wind when it took you away:
“That’s where I wanted to go today”.
Where am I going? I don’t quite know.
What does it matter where people go?
Down to the woods where the blue-bells grow–
Anywhere, anywhere I don’t know.
A.A. Milne “Spring Morning”