Foggy Morning with Robins

The lack of posts here has little to do with enthusiasm and much to do with the weather.  When its been good weather, I have been elsewhere, and when I’m all set to go to the paddocks, the weather turns viral.

But I loaded up the Driazabone (and they are which is why they are so good), and headed out.  The weather went from inclement to downright foggy.  I had trouble seeing cars coming along the track to the forest.

And it really didn’t get much better.  However a good trusty tripod is such a good thing, even if its a bit heavy.  Or gets left behind in the marshes and requires a return trip just to retrieve the missing tripod in the middle of the night. (Don’t ask, just put it down to old timers forgetfulness).

I’ve taken of late to shooting from the tripod with it very low to the ground, legs stretched out and laying behind it.  It gives the feeding birds an interesting perspective and makes the depth-of-field, both a challenge and an opportunity. Harder to nail focus on small birds, but when it does the soft backgrounds don’t get in the way. The robins on the moss beds are standing on a very narrow sharp area and everything else is out of focus. Old bones do creak a bit when I get up to move but.

The wonderful thing about mist for a photographer is soft delicate light that comes from it all, and the lovely moody effects it adds to landscapes.  It’s a bit tough through when the bird is about 8 metres away and the mist makes the image all soft and fuzzy.

But as a photographer mate says, “The light now melds over everything it touches”, and he’s right.  No harsh shadows, no contrasts, soft muted colours and light that edges its way around three dimensionally.  Super.

The robins have indeed become conspicuously absent the past few times.  The much anticipated flock hasn’t eventuated and its really small isolated families that move rapidly from place to place. But there are a few gems among them.

Male Red-cap in the soggy grass. He is a bit wet from hunting about, and very wary of me.
Another “Fatboy”. This male was on his own. He found a super big purple worm, but took off with it before I had a chance to get some eating shots. I found him on a branch looking decidedly overweight.
Another Red-capped Male. I had to walk a long way in to find him and again he was very wary of me. But the light just enveloped him.
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2 thoughts on “Foggy Morning with Robins

  1. Geez, you did well to get out today. I abandoned my usual before work walk as it was drizzling then, and I thought it had rained most of the day. What time did you get out? I got a couple of sits yesterday, but it was not good light and there was a cross-country run going on which scared the birds away a bit.

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    1. Yeah, it was a funny morning. At first, I just pulled the donnah up and resigned myself to a wet day. Then it got the better of me as we have some travelling to do and I won’t be able to get out to the park until next week, so it was now or never. Leaving home about 9:00am I tucked the big rainjacket in. I hadn’t got out of our street, when the mist rolled in. Literally. One moment it was drizzle, and then Ding! it stopped and the fog settled in. I had to travel very slowly down Providence Road and I seriously could not see the edges of the road.
      Walking down didn’t help much either and I was kicking myself that I didn’t have the wide-angle zoom, as the mists in the trees was just wonderful.

      I am a bit concerned that the birds have taken off to other parts, there are a few Flames, and a number of red-caps still, but they all seem to be spread about the forest. I was hoping that they would settle into one fairly large and easily identifiable flock. There is a good number of Thornbills down around the track west of Three-ways, but the robins seem un affected by them.
      Perhaps there is just too much tucker.
      Another place I need to check is the creek line along past the Gellibrand Hill, I suspect that there are some working along the open areas along the creek as it goes down past the Police Paddocks. But, that will have to wait until next week I fear.
      We did find on Thursday several Flame Female, juveniles over at the carpark at the Woodlands homestead. I suspect that some of them have moved along the Moonee Ponds creekline as there are a number of open areas along there. More to checkout.
      I’m glad I missed the cross country run people, I wondered this morning, what the signs and painted arrows were all about.

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