This is my favourite photo of 2009. It is a Crimson Rosella (Platycercus elegans) emerging from her nest hollow in a Brittle Gum (Eucalyptus mannifera).
It was taken on Black Mountain, Canberra, one afternoon, when I was there for my father's funeral. So it was taken in late September.
Two Rosellas flew down the hill and one landed straight on the edge of the hollow. It looked at me, and decided (rightly) that I was no threat to it.
I did not know if she was feeding young, or going to lay an egg. I decided to wait, and sure enough, she came out after about 7 minutes. There was no noise, and given the early season, she was probably laying an egg.
She emerged, looked around and realised I was still there. That made her uneasy, and she flew away quickly.
Fortunately, I had plenty of time to focus the lens, and test the light settings, while she was inside the nest hollow.
What a lovely bird.
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