A Hunting on the Twenty Nine Mile We will Go.

Funny thing weather.

Can start of one way, end the other.  I’d a pretty busy day, what with bills to pay, doctors to visit, and of course the car.  Well that needed to go service.  So it did. Made and early start too, as it was foggy, yes foggy when I took off to the service centre.

However by the time I’d picked up the car in the mid afternoon, all the doom and gloom predictions of overcast, cold weather had slipped away with the cloud and we had a break of sunshine.  “Let’s go for a quick look along The  Twenty Nine Mile Road,” says EE. Twenty Nine is an extension inside the Western Treatment Plant that gives us good access to the paddocks without having to venture into the Plant proper.

Now my “Northern Exposure” readers probably think of evening as that lovely extended period they enjoy when the sun sets and it finally becomes dark.  No such luck for us in my part of the Southern Hemisphere.  Sunshine/Sunset  Light/Dark. About as quick as that.  So I wasn’t expecting much once the sun got very low on the horizon.

Until.  A large grey cloud obscured the direct sunshine and a soft mellow light exuded around the cloud.  Instant twilight.
And my old mate Orion—The Mighty Hunter, was out doing his even forage.

And now you’ll see why I really enjoy the options on the new Affinity Template.

Watching a hovering hunting Kite, Falcon or Kestrel is an awesome experience. Each turn of the wing, adjustment of the tail, swing of the feet or move of the head is all timed to give the bird the best chance of success.  Normally on a blog like this, I suppose a video could show the continual action. But the softer light allowed me to make a number of shots of Orion at work, and the melded light just runs over each feather, highlighting, caressing kissing and stroking every feather for detail.  And I can put up a number of them so you too can enjoy the light along those feathers.

And of course our hero’s action.

Enjoy

Swinging into action in the late evening light. Orion makes his presence felt.
Swinging into action in the late evening light. Orion makes his presence felt.
Poised in the air.
Poised in the air.
Hmm, mouse tracks. This needs investigation.  Long neck stretch to get the best angle.
Hmm, mouse tracks. This needs investigation. Long neck stretch to get the best angle.
As they hover, they regularly put the head up, either to check all is clear, not predators, or to see what other opportunties might be present
As they hover, they regularly put the head up, either to check all is clear, not predators, or to see what other opportunities might be present
Evening light on every active feather
Evening light on every active feather
Pearl on pearl.
Pearl on pearl.
A Strike.!   Now to find a perch suitable for enjoying the meal.
A Strike.! Now to find a perch suitable for enjoying the meal.
This is so hard to describe, but as he went by me, I was pretty confident I knew which branch in the paddock he had chosen to enoy his catch  And.    Here he is.
This is so hard to describe, but as he went by me, I was pretty confident I knew which branch in the paddock he had chosen to enjoy his catch
And.
Here he is.
Filled and satisfied for the moment, Orion too enjoys that last burst of sunshine under the cloud
Filled and satisfied for the moment, Orion too enjoys that last burst of sunshine under the cloud
Time to hunt again, I've spoken before of Orion's trust in his ability and in my presence.  I get a flyby for my pleasure.
Time to hunt again, I’ve spoken before of Orion’s trust in his ability and in my presence. I get a flyby for my pleasure.
Go boy Go.  At this distance I could just about poke the lens at him.
Go boy Go. At this distance I could just about poke the lens at him.
Even the mighty need a rest.  With the last rays of sunshine rolling along the clouds, tis time to pause from all our labour.
Even the mighty need a rest. With the last rays of sunshine rolling along the clouds, tis time to pause from all our labour.

Here is the set as a Slide Show

 

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7 thoughts on “A Hunting on the Twenty Nine Mile We will Go.

  1. The Black-shouldereds are such beautiful kite to photograph in flight, but not easily against a cloudy sky. You have done very well my friend:-) Love your eye and face shots, superb!

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    1. Thanks Rodger. I have to admit I was already in going home mode as the grey was just grey, and then that little spread of light made all the difference. And we of course were near were he was a hunting.

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    1. Hello Eleanor, I guess I’ve become so familiar with this bird that I sort of expect it to just carry on and ignore me. I don’t mean that like I’m braggging, I’m pretty humbled that it as Jon Young says, “graces’ me.

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  2. Whoa! Beautiful shots there DJ. Thanks for the post (and the bigger images on the darker (but not black) background are just gorgeous!)

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    1. G,day, Ben,
      I’m thinking over the next few posts, just to put the pics in an slideshow as they come up a lot better than working from each small pic — a big failing in most of the WordPress templates.

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