Mr Bennett Kent

Mr Bennett Kent

Posted on 07/01/2014


Photo taken on August  7, 2013



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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
I shall never forget my first encounter with the Australian Brush Turkey (Alectura lathami)

They are a strange looking bird, appearing to have been made from pieces of other animals!

They have the body of a Black Swan, the vibrant colours of a parrot, the kneck and wattle of a turkey, the bald head and the beak of a vulture and a strange vertical fan of tail feathers tail resembling a Shark's tail

I met this fellow in woods near Barron Falls, near Cairns, Queensland, Australia and spent some quality time in his company until he wandered into a pool of light into the undergrowth, when I took this shot

They make huge mounds of earth and vegetation up to 4ft high and 13ft across and the male controls the size to maintain incubation temperature

A truly fascinating bird!

Diana Australis, Minty Chewson have particularly liked this photo


7 comments - The latest ones
Minty Chewson
Minty Chewson
This is a beautiful bird, if you want ugly, you are probably looking at the Marabou Stork
3 years ago.
Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
Seen in **Exquisite Birds**
3 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Great color. I tried to photograph these when I was in Australia, but they stayed in the underbrush and I could not get a good shot.
3 years ago.
Mr Bennett Kent
Mr Bennett Kent
Esther, I had to wait a very long time for this guy to wander into a pool of light. Glad he did :0)
3 years ago.
Mike Ruano
Mike Ruano
Beautiful shot
3 years ago.
Diana Australis
Diana Australis
They are indeed a composite of curious features. In the animal world their equivalent is the proboscis monkey from Borneo, which looks like a patchwork of spare parts from other beasts!
This is a beautiful shot!
3 years ago.
Mr Bennett Kent
Mr Bennett Kent
You are quite right Diana. A really bizarre bird!
3 years ago.