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Michael Matthews

Sydney, Australia

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This guy has the birds eating out of his hand !!

Introducing the amazing Glenn Trelfo, the Birdman of O’Reilly’s Guesthouse in Lamington National Park, south east Queensland, Australia.

This photo was taken during the morning Bird Walk from the guesthouse.

Glenn even had a whipbird, named Mr Whippy land on his hand to feed before rushing off. I wasn’t even sure what a whipbird looked like after hearing them hundreds of times & this guy had one feeding out of his hand !!

I had just put a new picture card in the camera & silly me didn’t notice that the card was full, so I missed getting a shot of the whipbird on his hand. I just got a few blurry shots of it on the ground later.

Staying at O’Reilly’s on the night of Jan 4, I decided to check out the AV show since it was included with the room charge. Expecting to see a slide show of some sort, I was gladly surprised to see a very professional David Attenborough class video of the amazing wildlife at Lamington.

I liked it so much I bought 2 copies plus a Lyrebird dvd as well.
Glenn was signing copies.

If only I’d taken the right lens I might have got a better shot.
This is the signature bird of O’Reilly’s Guesthouse.

Later that day, I encountered this bird sunning itself in the middle of the walking track. I managed to get within a few feet before it flew off.

Photographed with a Canon 400D.

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The Wonder Of Wings, May 2016.

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