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Brolga

The female Brolga at Tidbinbilla scratching her chin, possibly thoughtfully. If it is thoughtful, she might be thinking about the man next door. This bird (captive in that she has clipped wings) is a two year old girl who was found after her mother was hit by a car. She's been at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve for a while, all alone until rangers helpfully found an older male (18 years old in fact, 9 times her age!) somewhere in South Australia. He's apparently shy, though I think this is ranger-talk for the fact that Brolgas can apparently be homicidal if they don't like their neighbours so the introductions need to go slowly. The male is in a paddock beside Meg, with an opaque screen on the fence between them. This week they're going to remove the screen and see what happens, and later open the fence.

 

Oversharpened by flickr, sorry. If I soften it so flickr doesn't mess it up, the original looks woolly.

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Taken on June 3, 2012