Rare one-legged bird sightings

Friday, June 21, 2019

The even more rare deckchair legged heron, relaxed. See what your ornithologists think of these! Photos by Ken Hickling The extremely rare one-legged magpie – and friendly, too.

“The young of the deckchair legged heron didn’t impress me much, attitude-wise, that is. Very similar to today’s youth: gave me the old three-fingered salute just as I clicked the shutter.”

THE “discovery” of one-legged peewees in Robertson may have been a flight of fancy, but deckchair herons in Colo Vale have to be seen to be believed.

Geoff Goodfellow’s “Across The River” column was only foolin’ on April 1 when the Southern Highland News published the peewee prank.

Now happy snapper Ken Hickling has stepped forward with camera in hand to focus our attention on the herons and “the extremely rare one-legged magpie”.

“See what your ornithologists think of these,” Mr Hickling said, flourishing photographs that clearly show the feathered friends populating his property.

Mr Hickling, a 50-year resident of the Highlands, was delighted to find the three heron siblings, inclined to recline and encamped on his dam jetty, last year.

He reports the trio return regularly for fishing expeditions, yoga poses – including the eponymous deckchair – and aerial displays to rival any RAAF Roulette.

The one-legged magpie also drops in routinely to offer quality assurance on all and any offerings of mince meat, along with a welcome warble or two.

“I hasten to add,” Mr Hickling said, “that both my doctor and lawyer … have said to my face that they ‘truly believe me to be of soundmind’.”

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