Sometimes getting close is not an option!
Photographers, artists, poets: show us CLOSE.
Or so said the Daily Prompt for today…Well the two shots I have shared are similar only in the fact that both subjects are birds. That’s it. Rest is two different stories to ‘Up, Close and Personal‘ starring ME (annoying I know ! )
The first one was taken at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The second at Lake Nakuru, Keyna.
First : This Ostrich, roaming the seaside at Table Mountain National Park, caught my attention en-route to Cape Point. I couldn’t resist stopping the car to capture it. Unfortunately Ostrich are unpredictable, short tempered and aggressive birds. A kick from the powerful legs with the wicked claws can disembowel! Still I crouched and slithered and crawled till I was maybe 7-8 meters from this intimidating, beautiful sight….then my courage gave way and I went no closer! A (very) few, quick, breathless shots later, I silently backed to a safer distance.
Second : This lovely little bird was merrily chasing and devouring insects as we waited to get our entry passes at the Lake Nakuru Park. Fortunately I had my cam out in anticipation of the beautiful sights awaiting me…and I was right! The birdie was flitting around barely a few feet from our parked vehicle and then a hop, skip and beat later it was gone! But not before I took the shot! Love the vibrant colours of the plumage.
P.S. I didn’t know the birdie’s name till I surfed and came across http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/star-h.htm Great site. And the amber plumed darling is a Hildebrandt’s Starling….. Yay! I learnt something new again today!