Four, actually, but one of them is left ‘in bokeh,’ as we Auteurs say.
This is an adolescent moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa) in actual, real, no-shit, airborne flight. Well, it was probably still in ground effect. Moorhens have trouble climbing more than a metre. With tiny, stubby little wings flying is a huge energy cost for them. This one is from last year’s recruitment. It hasn’t developed full adult colouration yet. It was flying towards a small child who was handing out bread to intrepid waterbirds.
Hardheads (Aythya australis) are diving ducks. The swim, they dive, they fly. It’s very rare to see them go aground.
The white eye identifies this one as a male. The females have brown eyes.
More of the Noisy Miners dipping in the lake,
I’m not entirely certain these are all pictures of the same duck.
This is the most Australian thing I’ve seen in a while.
A Noisy Miner finds and eats a Praying Mantis. Obviously didn’t pray hard enough.
A little black cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris) was fishing in the lake at the botanic gardens. With its belly full it decided it was time to warm up in a tree. I had my Ridiculously Long Lens in Stupidly Extended Mode and managed to get the camera to lock focus as the cormorant circled the lake to gain altitude.