What a Difference some Sunshine Makes

Been beavering away here at the Website trying to find ways to improve the overall look and experience of visiting, and trying to give expression visually to the site’s dedicated title. “Birds as Poetry”.

Sometimes its easy to find clever words to describe a moment in time with the birds, or to cover over the fact it was just another day on the job making images of very fine birds. But that is not the visual feel.  And above all I guess my main goal for the web pages.

Been doing as you’ve probably gathered a bit of introspection on what the bird stories should show, how relevant that is to those who have graciously signed up to follow along here and at the same time not making it so esoteric that even I find it hard to reach those heights of expression.

And at another level, the pure old photographic know how and application needs to still satisfy both viewer and creator.  And of course in this day and age wrestling with the ever-advancing technology that so readily leads us onward with banners waving from one vantage point to the next, without even taking the time to notice the journey across the plain.

Along with photography, poor writing and a love of Russel Coight’s All Australian Adventure tv shows (skits please), I also offer Tai Chi as another of my dizzying weaknessess.  What I like most about this ancient (art) is the definiteness of purpose and deliberateness of movement. And in that is the edge of my photography with the birds, and hence the constant need to find expression of Birds  as  Poetry.

We have of late had some days that have been less than idealistic in terms of weather. Just yesterday saw us washed out and heading for home with the rain sheeting down after an attempt at Flame Robins at Woodlands.
So rather than talk of waterlogged lenses, soaking Driazabone’s and damp feet,   I thought I’d turn to sunnier times at the Western Treatment Plant.

Enjoy the birds.  We did.

A very well known cormorant. I really think this bird has adopted a completely relaxed approach around humans
A very well known cormorant. I really think this bird has adopted a completely relaxed approach around humans
Super fast, super efficient and so challenging to photograph: Wecome Swallow
Super fast, super efficient and so challenging to photograph: Wecome Swallow
A story in every wing turn. Australian Hobby
A story in every wing turn. Australian Hobby
A charming and often hard to approach White-fronted Chat: Female
A charming and often hard to approach White-fronted Chat: Female
Sleek in black and grey. Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike
Sleek in black and grey. Black-faced Cuckoo Shrike

Wasn't in the mood to display its trademark Blue wing. I had to be content with a simple portrait. Blue-winged Parrot
Wasn’t in the mood to display its trademark Blue wing. I had to be content with a simple portrait.
Blue-winged Parrot
It's no suprise that Brown Falcon's are among my favourite birds. This charming bird is a new acquaitence for me. Undisturbed by my presence it is on alert for a vehicle approaching.
It’s no suprise that Brown Falcon’s are among my favourite birds. This charming bird is a new acquaitence for me. Undisturbed by my presence it is on alert for a vehicle approaching.
Little Grassbird. The most furtive of birds that I work with, yet, today, out on display.
Little Grassbird. The most furtive of birds that I work with, yet, today, out on display.
The king of the vertical perch. Golden-headed Cisticola. It has 'shimmied' up the grass stalk to get a better look at me.
The king of the vertical perch. Golden-headed Cisticola. It has ‘shimmied’ up the grass stalk to get a better look at me.
Great Egret. Elegance in harmony
Great Egret. Elegance in harmony
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7 thoughts on “What a Difference some Sunshine Makes

  1. Gota admit that when you first changed the WordPress theme, I did not comment as I did not like it…. Too big, the huge scrolling screen was distracting and difficult to use, but I could see where you were heading, so was happy to sit and watch…..
    This post is better. Not quite as massive. The single column works. The birds are front and center without taking over. The colors are good. Font is easy to read.
    Well done on finding a ballance Mate.

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    1. G,day Ben, It was a bit of a risk on this theme. Its actually designed for an entirely different application, —Event Management — it has 4 other lovely sliding panels, but they become the dominant front end, and I’ve had to suppress them.
      The huge image is as you sugges a gamble, and requires a decent sized image in the first place for techo reasons. However I think that now I’ve removed that old out dated sidebar, that I can use the extra space for better comments on each image. We’ll see.

      Thanks for the feedback as I really do want to make it a site that displays the awesome creatures in a way that gives them front stage.

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  2. Stunning pics David as always, yes the swallow has always been a challenge for me also, and occasionally I get a good one, but not after many blurred. I love the hobby shot \, I am yet to see this bird.

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      1. Yes I think I met your Roger flicks friend in Broome last month, he did a bird tour with us at the Bird Observatory, a great bloke too. I have 2 of his Pheasant Coucal pics in my current post. He takes some great shots 🙂

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