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Photo of a pied butcherbird at Uluru

Photo of a pied butcherbird at Uluru in Australia

This is one of my favourite photos I've taken. When we came to the end of our walk around Uluru, we were sheltering from the sun when I saw a bird fly past me. It came to rest on a dried out branch of a tree for a moment and I only had a second or two to compose and take this shot before it flew off. I moved around the tree to close the gap between it and Uluru/Ayers Rock behind and to position the tree so that its diagonal line reflected the diagonal line of Uluru behind it. In the nature exhibition at the visitor centre I learned that this bird is a pied butcherbird, also known as a Kurparu and sometimes called a Magpie online. Its scientific name is cracticus nigrogularis.

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a pied butcherbird at Uluru
Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Date (GMT):23/10/12 01:56
Original size:4272 x 2848 pixels
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