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Getting High in Black and White – Bird Weekly Photo Challenge #40

The Bird Weekly Photo Challenge Week #40 by Lisa Coleman is all about birds in black & white, sepia, monotone or you can add a bit of selective color. Your choice of birds this week. She aligned this with Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week in case you wanted to add any flying birds to this challenge. Cee’s theme is Anything in Fight. Thanks again to Cee Neuner for the lovely featured blogger award for last week. It’s such an honor. Also, Terri with Sunday Stills offered a theme of Best Black and White Photos on 3/14 and her challenge runs until Saturday if you want to link to her challenge as well.

I am following suit with Lisa and linking this to all three photo challenges.

Since I am still a total neophyte with birds, some of you will have to help me with bird names. I found the Australian birds listed on Wikipedia complete with pictures. Wow! There is another site for North American birds as well, but I don’t even know where to start.

Birds on Watson Lake Peavine Trail

These beauties currently live on Watson Lake on Peavine Trail in Prescott, AZ. There are lots of happy ducks scooting across the water, but these don’t look like ducks. I love the shadow of the bigger bird onto the smaller bird’s side. I didn’t notice it in the color shot, so that was a beg advantage.

Australian plumed whistling duck in Melbourne, AU park.
Maybe plumed whistling duck

Speaking of ducks, this Australian quacker has a lot to say to Carol and me about our photographic etiquette. Apparently, we forgot to ask him to sign a media release. He has kind eyes, though, and that tells the rest of the story. He was happy to sign for a fee, just a little bite of quacker, I mean cracker. Don’t tell other birders, though. (PS, birders, don’t worry, this story is almost 100% fiction. No birds were fed).

White cockatoo in Melbourne
Australian White Cockatoo also known as Umbrella Cockatoo, yes?

These birds love to pose. It’s like they know how beautiful they are. It does help to have a camera with a zoom lens, however.

My Reading List

These participants in Lisa’s challenge finished before I did. I’m sorry I missed others who are flying in on the red eye. 🙂

Here are some of Cee’s friends. I may not get to all of you this week, but I’ve got your number.

Terri’s participants.

I’ll be hosting Sunday Stills for two weeks, March 28 – Respect Your Cat and April 4 – Volunteering. I hope you’ll join me.

Bitmoji Essential B & W

Have a great week!

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  1. I’d never heard of an umbrella cockatoo before so I looked it up. They come from Indonesia. Did the bird in your photo have a yellow crest? I think it’s a sulphur crested cockatoo. They are such characters and are fun to watch.

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  2. Thanks so much for the mention, Marsha, especially as it gave me a chance to see your post too. So glad to meet someone else who struggles with bird names. It’s a bit of a challenge when surrounded by experts, isn’t it? These are lovely images you’ve got here.

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  3. You’ve had some discussion about the cockatoo already. Without colour in the photo it’s difficult to tell. The crest on a sulphur-crested cockatoo is yellow. That is what it looks like though.

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  4. I about fell out of the chair laughing when I read the title. Was wondering if Willie Nelson had visited your place. LOL! I can’t tell all the birds in your first shot without seeing them in color, but the small black bird with the white beak is an American Coot. Very nice! 🙂

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