As an animal lover and photographer, I've always been thrilled to capture images of wildlife, especially when I am traveling. I am still working my way through all of my photos from Australia, but today I wanted to share this image of the Blue-Winged Kookaburra.
Although I snapped this fellow at a Wildlife Sanctuary, it was still exciting to see one of these large terrestrial kingfishers up close. The sparkle of turquoise on his wing with the contrasting yellow breast feathers, and the graphic black and white stripes on his head, were only topped by the twinkle in his eye.
My first day in Australia, I was asked if I had heard the Kookaburra laugh yet. Aha! That old song from gradeschool echoed back in my deepest of memories, and then the tune was stuck in my head for the rest of the trip. ("Laugh Kookaburra...")
To be honest, I've become a bit of a bird nut since this trip! I've visited with a flock of Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos and had one land on my shoulder...I've seen a flock of pink and grey Galahs hanging out on a golf course...got eye to eye with an emu....had a warbling conversation with the handsome and charming magpies (not the same as the magpies in the US) in front of our beachside cottage. I'm smitten.
After I saw "The Big Year" in a movie theater (the sweeping vistas needed to be seen on a really big screen!) I started thinking about photographing birds for my color and design inspiration.
I know that many of you are hardcore Bird Nuts...or I should say passionate Birders?...because you snap up every bird design we offer! With the huge trend of bird designs over the last year, we've had a lot of fun seeing the evolution of Bird Artwork in our industry!
More inspirational images from Australia will be posted throughout this week on my photo page!