Australian Logrunner

Camera: Canon R3
Exposure: 1/13
Aperture: f/7.1
Focal Length: 500mm
ISO: 6,400

This is not the greatest image of a female Australian log runner (Orthonyx temminckii) photographed in Lamington National Park, Australia, but I was pleased as punch to be able to see it and get a photograph in very challenging lighting conditions.  Michael (@TMichaelRedmon1) might have gotten a better image than I, and I’ll await his posting.

Regardless, logrunners are very cool little birds that have feathers on their tail that look more like spines, rather than feathers.  They also have this very distinctive behavior of pushing forest floor detritus around side to side like in the animated gif below.  Once the debris is moved, they use they tail as a brace and then scratch at the soil in search of food, a behavior absolutely unique to logrunners.

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