[Michele] A theme of our holiday in Victoria was birds. We saw lots of birds and had a variety of encounters with birds...
Angry Birds: OK here is the deal. We were driving through the amazingly picturesque Strzeleki ranges and I wanted a picture. I walked down the road a bit to better frame my hot and a magpie flies up from besides the road and tries to poop on me. Fortunately, I saw the poop incoming and ducked out of harms way. Ignoring Gavin laughing at me, I kept going for my picture. But the bird wasn't done with me yet. The magpie proceeded to dive bomb me repeatedly. Ughh!
I ran to the car and Gavin contained his laughter enough to drive just a little bit farther for another attempt at a photo. I got out and managed to get a few photos till you-know-who found me again! In this photo you can see the magpie flying right at me. Yes, I high-tailed it back to the car where Gavin was pretty much having conniption fits of laughter.
Friendly Birds: Parrots outside our cottage in Don Valley were beautiful and friendly. We had a blast feeding them each day and went through a hefty amount of birdseed.
|Will feeds Lorikeets at the Healesville. These birds were|
in an aviary so it wasn't as cool as feeding the wild parrots.
Ugly Birds: Emus are ugly - it is true. One of Gavin's earliest memories is being harassed by an emu at Healesville Sanctuary. So of course when we visited we had to make him reenact the scene.
|Gavin shows some reluctance to see the emus.|
|Gavin reenacts the scene by regarding the emu from the|
perspective of a a five year old.
At the time of the incident, people wandered
through the paddock so there wouldn't have been a fence.
|Gavin has conquered his fear. Meanwhile,|
the emu has lost interest and has wandered off.