Re: Getting Close to Birds
I have had very similar experiences. Often, flighty birds such as Common Bronzewings will become amazingly carefree when I am in a car. We almost ran over a bunch of around 10 in the Pillaga a month ago: they would simply not get off the road. Conversely, when I am not in the car, they willl flush before I am within 30 metres of them (I hope it's not in response to my looks :P ).
Annoyingly, my camera is almost always in the boot, when these car-hide opportunities come along, so, when I go to get out of the car (we have a protective wire mesh between the boot and the seats), the birds always fly off. So I don't even have record shots of many (including Common Bronzewing)
Familiarity breeds contempt; don't neglect the common birds
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----\___)................NSW List: 428 (Northern Royal Albatross - 6/9/14)
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