Ineffable Moment: Evening Light and Black-tailed Godwits

Came across the word Ineffable, the other day.  Here in The Online Photographer —Just shows the company I keep.

And in keeping with that, we had an evening down on the T Section Ponds in the wonderful gold evening light.

Large Band of Brothers, (Banded Stilts) were there, and I’ve already shared those moments.
But as I was settling in with the Stilts, some more arrivals winged their way in.
Black-tailed Godwits.

They have been in the area for quite a few months, but always, always on the other side of the ponds, and I’ve not had much more than a record shot for the time. These are in lovely breeding plumage, and if I read the story right, are either off to the far-flung reaches of Siberia, or somewhere into Europe.

I was laying in the grass on the water’s edge, off a small mudflat peninsula, and the birds hunted right round the peninsula and then settled in for a preen and a bit of a loaf before setting off to the other end of the pond for their evening feed.

Ineffable.

Enjoy

Flashing in over the water, its easy to see how they won their name.
Flashing in over the water, its easy to see how they won their name.
Close formation flying
Close formation flying
More than knee deep
More than knee deep
Stretching out
Stretching out
Wonderful display colours
Wonderful display colours
One-legged Wing Streches seemed popular
One-legged Wing Streches seemed popular
Taking a loaf in the evening sunshine
Taking a loaf in the evening sunshine
Feeding right on sunset
Feeding right on sunset
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6 thoughts on “Ineffable Moment: Evening Light and Black-tailed Godwits

  1. Some wonderful shots there Dave. The three in flight together is a real gem. I’m not sure I have ever seen this species.

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    1. HI Eleanor, I think the light carried its own special meaning into the time with the birds. They were very relaxed and I simply lay in the grass along the edge and they were happy enough to work back and forth past the dude with the camera.

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    1. They are pretty rare here too. Sometimes we see Bar-tailed, but its always far out in the middle of the shallow ponds. Hard to do much more than id.
      Checked the past couple of days, and couldn’t find them. Hope they journey well.

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