One of the great delights of photography is the various elements, lighting, and juxtapositions that provide visual excitement and interest in an image.
One of those that brings life, feeling, brightness and subtly of form is High Key images.
The Black-shouldered Kite lends itself to this form as its delicate grey and white matches the requirements. Then the lighting has to match, and the pose has to be effective and the exposure just about right, and so it goes.
Here is one I prepared earlier. The bird’s brilliant red eye makes a lovely counterpoint for the high key treatment.
It started out as a windy day, and stayed that way.
Good day for big birds we thought as Dieter and I drove down to Werribee. We went too look for the elusive Oriental Pratincole. However the roads were still pretty much awash from the rain of the last few days, and Austin Road, where the best sighting had been made was literally mud from end to end. When a guy in a four-wheel drive arrived and chatted about the bird and how many 4be’s had been down Austin Road on the weekend, that was just about it for my little humble two wheel drive milk and bread pickup vehicle. He also announce, ‘there is no hope of me going down there in this. (referring to the 4Be), so that was enough for us to wander on to other roads that were much better suited to the milk and bread pickup.
To our delight we found a Black-shouldered Kite that was hunting just along the roadside and got some lovely views as it came up to the car, circled around and then continued on down past the car. Wonderful.
I noticed some commotion among the silver-gulls and ducks on Lake Borrie, and a sweep with the binos revealed a White-bellied Sea Eagle on a tree. So far away. Now to get to there we had no option but to go the long way, as the road down along the bay was pretty much closed for the mile and bread van. In the end it took us about a15 minutes to get round near the trees, and lo and behold the Eagle was still in attendance along with a flock of very angry gulls. So we had plenty of time to get some reasonable pics before the poor eagle left the demented gulls to their own business.
White-bellied Sea Eagle being harassed by gull. It had been putting up with attacks for about 20 minutes or more by this stage