One of my favourite areas of Australia is the Whitsunday Islands off the coast of central Queensland. Hamilton Island is the where the only high rise hotel is located (which unfortunately is something of a blot on this beautiful landscape), but the views from the hotel are magnificent. If you check into this hotel, the first thing you will do is go out onto your balcony to admire the view, and the next thing that will happen is that you will find yourself in the company of half a dozen or more sulphur-crested cockatoos which will swoop down onto your balcony to see if you have any food.
The hotel room has a notice asking you not to feed the cockatoos, but I would expect that some guests would see the cockatoos before they read the notice. The cockatoos are wild but very used to human beings. One day I came back to my room and found four cockatoos wandering around the room looking for food. I had left the glass doors to the balcony open because the temperature was a pleasant 24 degrees, and closed the flyscreen doors, but the birds had pecked a large hole (actually the shape of a small door!) in the flyscreen and let themselves in. When they saw me, they calmly turned around and walked back out to the balcony through the hole they had cut in the flyscreen. They took their time and didn’t seem the slightest bit concerned about my presence.
One of the houses on the hill on the left hand side of the picture used to belong to the late George Harrison of Beatles fame. The others are owned by an assortment of millionaires. So this can rightly be called a million dollar view!
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Amellia (1862) 2005-08-07 10:35
WOW NIESAMOWITY MOMENT NA FOTOGRAFIE, GRATULUJE, TO NIEZWYKLE SPOTKAC TE PTAKI NA WOLNOSCI, W POLSCE TYLKO W ZOO I SKLEPACH ZOOLOGICZNYCH, PRZYKRE...POZDRAWIAM SERDECZNIE:))
sylvie (1183) 2005-08-07 11:07
What a great view, you have been very lucky to be able to spend time on this island, seems quite a place like paradise.
Great point of view and good shoot with this cockatoos.
Thanks also for your interesting note.
designsoul (21492) 2005-08-07 11:15
THis is a marvellous shot, David. What a view!!! And you captured it wonderfully. Great depth of field, and the composition is superb. A favourite!
mjdundee (4663) 2005-08-07 11:45
very good note and nice shot.
You are very lucky. THe birds look so clean and it seems they were posing just for the camera man. Great work - Australia is fantastic - isn't it?
rhizomes (15343) 2005-08-07 15:45
Impressionante cette photo !
Tout se met parfaitement en place mais surtout il fallait être là et prendre un bonns photo comme celle-là !
danyy (0) 2005-08-07 17:35
vue sympathique, on dirait qu'il ses ont mis en quinquonce exprès, un jeu ?
Une vue très en altitude aussi, on s'en rend compte en observant les embarcations.
annagrace (2467) 2005-08-09 15:46
What a fantastic capture and a hilarious story! I hope they didn't poop on your carpet! Wonderful POV of the cockatoos.
Cos (1562) 2005-08-10 12:29
An amusing shot & note. Great capture of the view behind - good DOF and colours.
nels (2621) 2005-08-12 15:24
hi david, a fantastic view i stayed in queensland with friends last year who told us about this place but we never got to it mores the pity, good picture. adrian
centurion (0) 2005-10-11 10:36
Wonderful remember for me. Maybe I was in the same room in 1996. Nice to see again the fine panorama.
Jan100 (158) 2009-05-15 11:54
What a beautiful photo! Well composed. Please tell me the name of the hotel as I want to stay there next year!
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-06-09
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon E5000
- Exposure: f/3.1, 1/80 seconds
- Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-07 10:04
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