Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Wild Bird Wednesday 229 - Brolga

This is a bird that I have wanted to photograph for a while - the Brolga. The Brolga (Grus rubicunda) is a crane in the same genus as the Sandhill Crane and the Common Crane.

These birds - which I assume were a pair - we feeding on the banks of Yellow Water in Kakadu. This species of bird is famous for its mating dance - and I'd love to see that as well. These bird stand over 1m tall and can have a wing span of greater than 2m.

These birds can be found across northern Australia and down the east of the country.









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26 comments:

Missy George said...

LOVE the first three pictures..Looks like a bird with two heads!! Big for sure..Their wing span looks like that of a Turkey Vulture but a bit prettier..Hope you are having a good day..

NatureFootstep said...

I did see the Brolga. Quite many of them but it was early in the morning and they were suite far away on a field. So I got no good photos of them.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images of the Cranes, cheers.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Stewart!:) Another fine example of Australian birds. I would also like to see them dance. No entry this week from me,..as I can't keep getting away with zoo birds!!:)) Cheers!

Silver Parrot said...

It definitely makes sense that they are in the same group as the Sandhills - I can't believe how similar they look. Great shots as always!! Thanks for sharing.

Connie Smiley said...

What a great set of photos! I can see why you wanted to photograph them; they are at once beautiful and odd, with the bright read patch on their head and the funny yellow eyes.

Sharon Wagner said...

It looks like they've got a few dance moves going on. They look very similar to our cranes.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very graceful birds. I have seen the Sandhill Cranes dance, and it is indeed spectacular.

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos! Handsome cranes!

Linda W. said...

Those two birds do look like they're a couple! Lovely birds and great photos.

Andrea Priebe said...

Well great minds think alike so they say and thus I have posted the Sandhill Crane on this day with your Brolgas ... Such wonderful birds and I have seen the Sandhill dance. In fact, I do believe I have a video of it if I can find it ... maybe I will post that another time. It is wonderful and I have seen it many times as I am an avid crane follower. Love your Brolgas ... awesome pictures. :)

Andrea @ From The Sol

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

They are wonderful --- and certainly can tell they are related to our Sandhills. I hope to be back somedoay soon.

Vineeta Yashswi said...

Lovely pair...

eileeninmd said...

Hello, they are beautiful birds. I can see the resemblance to our Sandhill Cranes. Great series of photos. Enjoy your day!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I wuv those cute, two-headed cranes.

June Caedmon said...

These big birds are so neat, aren't' they Stewart? Great captures!

photodoug said...

Stewart, a new bird for me. Thanks for sharing.

A Quiet Corner said...

And yest another bird I never even heard of, Stewart!!! Thanks for teaching and sharing...:)JP

Mary Cromer said...

Beautiful and I am envious, for the Sandhill Cranes have been migrating by the hundreds in flocks for days now, seen and photographed just some 15 miles from me...I have not seen, or heard a single one. Love them and I am so happy to see your delightful share~

Phil Slade said...

Those are very good pictures Stewart. I must admit though that I need to study the Internet to see how those birds differ from other grey cranes.

Dave Lewis said...

Great! I love big birds...they don't move as fast as those warblers!
There's a pair of Sandhills I see in my area, watching them dancing is amazing!

bettyl-NZ said...

What a fantastic pair! They are so pretty and birds that I have never heard of or seen before. You have such great variety of birds in your world.

Mosura said...

Was it worth the wait because I am still waiting ☺
Magnificent birds!

GreenComotion said...

What a lovely creation of Nature!
Have a Happy Weekend, Stewart.
Peace :)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

They look like best friends :)

Hope all is well, my friend!

Springman said...

I note Stewart to you from the Pine River. I am excited and grateful to find you carrying on in the spirit of WBW so faithfully.
WBW229?WOW!
Cheers to you Sir, Springman