I was woken this morning by a clap of thunder, and looking out – the sky could only be described as dark and gloomy. But, I had planned a trip to Woodlands, and I started to get the gear into the car and rain fell. Not that pitter patter raindrops of the songs, these were great big blobs, that went not gently on the car, but sounded like hail. And created great big pools where they landed. “Might put the rain jacket in,” I thought.
As I drove toward the park, it started to rain, not drizzle or occasional shower, but serious-soak the ground-rain. And it didn’t look like it would let up anytime soon. By the time I got to the last roundabout near the park the road was awash. But I pushed on.
At the park it wasn’t much better and the idea of sitting in the car was the go. Twenty minutes or so and it let up, and the sky just looked leaden. No point in coming all this way and not at least having a look.
The park along the road is very quiet at the moment, hardly any bird activity, and I wanted to go down through the fenced off “Back Paddcok” to have a look a kilometre or so in as last year many of the fledged robins ended up down there for awhile.
By the time I got into the area, the rain was over, the sky even looked like it might clear up, and so I found a spot near a likely feeding area and waited.
A few freshly fledged Willie wagtails kept me company and amused with their chasing games antics. A flock of Yellow-rumped Thornbills fed their way through and a large group of Weebills all chattering away. And about then the sun emerged and so did all the young Superb Fairy Wrens, so they have had a good year, I stopped counting after about 10, and mostly because I had lost track of who was who.
Then to my complete surprise and delight, a whirr of feathers and a juvenile Redcapped Robin landed on the branch about 5 metres away. All in is lovely striated white, brown and grey. It was completely unconcerned by my presence or the shutter going crazy. And then the sun came out.
It also had a friend, and they preened and fed and did bird things on the bush for about 10 minutes and then it was all over. The news from all this of course is that all the hard work of the past few months has paid off for the robins and mum and dad can take a well earned rest knowing they have done their bit for the species.
Rather glad the weather improved.
D200, 500m F/4, ISO400, F/4.5, 1/250, WB Auto
And a very busy little Fairy Wren. I think it wanted to show off its catch more than anything else.
D200, 500mm F/4, ISO400, F/4.5, 1/1600, WB Auto.