For the birds / by Mario Mirabile

I’ve always enjoyed nature photography, with birds being high on my list of preferred subjects. I lack the dedication, patience and equipment of the true bird enthusiast, but I like to try my hand when the opportunity presents. When it comes to birds, the hard part is getting close enough for a detailed shot, but occasionally you get a little luck.

On this occasion I sat down to eat a sandwich on the deck of the house where we’re staying, only to soon find I had company for lunch. The local birds were clearly accustomed to getting a handout. With a little encouragement, currawongs, bower birds and magpies all agreed to pose for portraits, although I’m not so sure the magpie was pleased with the results.