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Old Aug 14, 2009, 3:13 AM   #1
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This guy gave me a very hard time, he didn't realise I was only trying to help. He swooped and squawked while Mum protected the chick.
The chick had fallen in the road's gutter and couldn't get off the road back into the safety of the park.
Fortunately the chicks hunker down when danger is about, so I was able to scoop it up back into the park, it weighed nothing, light as air.
It was lovely to see Mum, Dad and chick running to safety into the middle of the park. Unfortunately I couldn't get a shot of the chick.
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Both shots taken with K20D and Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED
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Rodney,

An aptly named bird. It looks like it's going to a Venetian mask party!

Nice going mate, saving the chick. Glad you were able to get the nice shot of dad to show us.

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Nice shot rod!
I've never seen a bird with wings on its beak before.
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Hi Rodney,

Nice capture, and an even better save. I must admit that I'd have been tempted to get at least one quick shot of the chick before helping it out, but I can definitely understand the impulse to give aid to a baby animal. It sounds funny that the birds would be running off to safety, but I guess if the chick couldn't get over the curb, then flying to safety would have been a bit too much to ask. . .

I have to wonder how or why the mask evolved, but that's the one of the cool things about nature. . .

Thanks for sharing this unusual bird -- are there any animals down there that aren't unusual??. . . . . . just makes me more jealous. . .

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Interesting. You have the strangest looking animals over there. It's nice to be able to see things from all over the world. And, good job saving the baby chick.

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Great image of a strange looking bird! An appropriate name for it though! I see your focal length was 300 mm: what lens were you using?
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Great pics Rodney, and as others have already said, good work saving the little chick. You folks have some remarkably exotic animals down under!
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Thank You Lou, GW, Scott, Patty, Jelpee and Mountain Man.

Jelpee I used K20D and Pentax DA 55-300mm f/4-5.8 ED

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Like everyone else has said, I'm envious of your colorful, unusual looking birds. That first picture is excellent and a good story, too.
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