(Continued from Previous Post) Spirits of the Sky The Spirits of the Sky show is a bird show featuring parrots and birds of prey in flight. The show is held twice a day at noon and at 3.30 pm. We were told to catch the first show as when the temperature gets above 95 F, they cancel the show. We made sure that we were at the Arena the requisite 10 minutes before the show commences. The sanctuary didnt seem that busy that day; but we were all seeking shade. We werent the only ones. Check out the empty chairs in the front .everyone was hanging round the back. I have to thank Pea-n-me and my friends on the photo-board at this point in time for organising the photography scavenger hunts on the Disboard. Her lists are so diverse and the items are designed to help your understanding of your camera. And last year, she had an item called bird in flight on the summer list. I think the practise I got last year in shooting bird in flight helped me today. Shooting at such shows is a lot easier than shooting in the wild. The birds are guaranteed to fly within the arena and are likely to be lower to the ground. I started off with a slower shutter speed; because I like seeing blur in the wings. This is a sulphur crested cockatoo. Relatively common bird and can be found in the parks around Melbourne. This is the Major Mitchell cockatoo. More common in the western part of Victoria. Galah. The birds of prey were up next and I decided to switch to a much faster shutter speed to freeze the action. Barking Owl. I think this was the Eagle. More birds of prey. The show goes for about 20 minutes or so. At the end, there is a ranger of aboriginal descent that comes on with a didgeridoo and his boomerang. He plays with both and then sets up 'shop' to see boomerangs. They do make a nice souvenir and all the kids scored one. I do have pictures...but they seem relatively tame in comparison to the birds of prey. By this stage, the day was getting ridiculously hot. A retreat into air conditioning was in order!