THE WINGS OF A BROLGA

myraj

Yamba Waters, Australia

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With the use of his wings this wonderful brolga makes his way up to the corn field from the sugar cane irrigation channel.
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Image captured from a distance and cropped for a challenge.

Once again the Clarence Valley has been visited by some remarkable wildlife.
About 60 Brolgas (Grus rubicunda) have taken up residence in the Lawrence area as part of their nomadic response to seasonal rain.
These graceful birds are one of our larger species of bird; with a wing span over 2 metres. The large outspread wings feature in the spectacular courtship rituals for which these birds are renowned. These elaborate rituals of the Brolga are important to indigenous culture. An Aboriginal legend tells of a beautiful young woman who loved to dance. She was turned into a tall, slender bird. The intricate brolga dance is replicated in some of the Aboriginal dances.

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