We decided on a quick trip to “The Office:”, needless to say the weather was looking less than kind, but our rationale was, it would be an easy to get home if the rain descended. And as soon as we turned off the bitumen on to the track leading in, we could see that rain, has indeed left its mark. Much of the roadway is either pot-holes, or great sheets of standing water.
And the 4WD aficionados, have simply driven though or around it, making the track next to impassable for the average i20. But, the indomitable little car, ploughed on. And by careful weaving and backtracking, we eventually were able to park securely.
And immediately from over the river bank edge, a pair of Brown Falcons took to the air. And from their antics it was pretty obvious that they were more than just acquaintances.
I’ve shown many an image of “Bernie”, the snake hunter, here before, and today it was the chance to get some great views of his usually furtive lady. Most times we only see her fly by at distances. But today she was on grand display, and while not relaxed at our presence, at least she was a bit tolerant.
I’m still using the Nikon 1, today with the 300mm PF f/4 and occasionally a TC 2.0 converter. Yeah, I know, talk about pushing both my luck and the technology.
But, it allows me to keep the “Little Visit” motif going.
We first located her(?) in a tree below the river bank line. Seemed to be both sunning and keeping an eye on Bernie’s hunting activities.
Playing Brown Falcon “Peek-a-boo”.
That lovely erect Brown Falcon stand. This is with the 300mm and the TC on the little V1. While I may not give up the D810, this is a cool result from such a tiny kit.
And a shaft of sunshine reveals those lovely colours. I think she has the most lovely ginger chin marking.
Brown Falcon typical perch. They seemt to know where each of the highest spots on the flat ground are, and can go there with pinpoint accuracy.
On our return journey she had propped back on the fence, and again its the 300mm with the TC 2.0
Hmm, not an inflight system. But at least I managed to get her in the viewfinder for about one frame.
5 thoughts on “Another Little Visit: Learning Brown Falcon”
Dj. My favorite post yet…. But then I am a total sucker for birds of prey. Cheers.
Not hard to like the character of this bird and its mate. This will be the third season we’ve worked with them. And its close to home!
I love the Brown Falcon such beautiful patterns in the sunlight in the plumage. It is always a delight to photograph, lovely shots David!
Yes, another good story and beautiful photos. Yet this time I have to thank you for more than just sharing it – you have enticed me (despite the warning about the road condition) to go and meet your Brown Falcon friends. This was one of the best days in The Office I’ve ever had. Your friends did not oblige but I met lots of other interesting inhabitants of The Office and I’m beginning to post their pictures on Flickr. It all started with spotting a Flame Robin male feasting on a giant caterpillar immediately after I got out of the car…
Now I really owe you…
G,day Adam, And you probably had some fine early light out there or so it seemed for awhle, this morning.
The pair of Browns have been particularly active, but they range over quite a bit of area and down into the WTP to the South/East, so sometimes they are absent. A favourite perch is the big tree right on the corner of the fenceline at the carpark. He seems to sit right on the top of a pinecone and survey the area.
Great to see the Flams are still there, I think a smaller party are further along the river goind South.
Look forward to seeing the shots onf Flickr.