Monday, 4 March 2013

Our World Tuesday - Watching the Cricket

As I drive H to and from karate on Saturday mornings I often see games of cricket going on.  School competition games, which hark back to boarding school Saturdays where work was found for idle hands.  Local club games with parents sitting in collapsable chairs on the boundary cheering on their son (it does seem to be mainly boys).  On the return leg of my journey the school boys have often gone home and the older lads - some very much older - are getting ready for a game.

A few weeks ago I noticed that one cricket pitch seemed to attract an odd crowd of spectators, so I went back with camera in hand (or more accurately - on tripod!)

These birds are Straw Necked Ibis and I'll do a WBW post on them in a couple of weeks.

There are so many Australian things about this picture that I had to post it.  The birds, the cricket, the fondness for wide brimmed hats, even the colour of the summer dried grass.

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Arija said...

Very Ozzy indeed. In Sydney they would have been sacred Ibis. Nice one Stewart, I hadn't seen straw necked ibis before although I have been up and down the coast to Queensland a number of times.

Marcia said...

Too funny! I was so expecting another picture of a real cricket from your title.

Kerri said...

What a cool shot!

Cindy said...

Love the contrast of the black Ibis and the men in white. Nice shot.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

A game I will never understand but those ibis I do. Wonderful looking birds.

TexWisGirl said...

really cute - just playing through.

Sylvia K said...

Love the birds! Looks as though they're enjoying the game!! Fun shot for the day, Stewart! Hope you have a great week!

Anonymous said...

What a deliciously amusing shot!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

This is a new bird for me. How exciting! I do love all the Australian-related goings on in this photo. What a great capture!

DIMI said...

Hi Stewart!What a great picture!Amazing shot!!Very beautiful birds!Hope you have a wonderful week!

Fun60 said...

GReat shot Stewart. I've spent many, many hours on various cricket grounds but never one with such fantastic looking birds.

Gary said...

Great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

eileeninmd said...

Cricket is a game, I know nothing about. Maybe one day you can explain it the game of cricket. The birds Ibis are cool, neat to see a different species, than the Ibis I am use to seeing here. Great shot!

Karen said...

Ozzie ozzie ozzie, oi, oi oi.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Perfect for Our World...I have a feeling for what it would be like to live there!

Anonymous said...

Looks like teams, the ibis in their dark jerseys, the humans in white. :)

Hanne Bente said...

Fun to see these birds go on the cricket pitch. Wish you a good day :) Hanne Bente

Ugich Konitari said...

They came down the pitch,
tapping at holes
with the bat,
kicking a pebble away,
testing the firmness
and then
looked up,
nodded at the Umpire,
who nodded at someone
in the pavilion.

Very soon,
a specialist team of
in black coats,
came down
and pecked
all over
the pitch.

in the slips
ran in then
to play catch
with the bowler.

Andrew said...

A wonderful post Stewart... I can't wait to hear how you explain the rules to your followers lol.

EG CameraGirl said...

How exciting! I would have been right there with my camera too!

Dana said...

I love seeing this glimpse of a place I've never been. This is a wonderful shot—so many interesting elements!

Have a great day! ☺

amanda said...

This is great, Stewart- an odd crowd of spectators, indeed!
Thanks for sharing this Australian experience with is all!

Pat Tillett said...

I'm not familiar with a thing in this photograph! I still think it's a great photo though...