The Australian Bustard or Ardeotis australis, is a largish, ground bird that inhabits grasslands, woodlands and open agricultural country across mainly northern Australia and southern New Guinea. They can fly, but spend a large part of their existence on the ground.

Bustards are omnivors, eating leaves, buds, seeds, fruit, frogs, lizards and invertebrates.

Source: Birds In Backyards

This inquisitive lady bustard came to see what I was doing on a photography excursion through the Serendip Sanctuary near our home. She was quite content to be photographed, as I setup my camera and tripod. Unlike her male companions, she was quite happy to hang around and wait for me to get my gear organized and then stayed for several pictures. This is the one I liked best.

About the photography - Olympus Pen EP-3, using an Olympus M.Zuiko Digital 40-150mm lens set at 96mm (35mm eq. of 192mm) with f 6.3 and ISO 200

Bustard – Jürgen Strauss Photography

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