Still in the Little Visits Mode:
The monthly Birding Walk at Eynesbury was on again today.
We drove into the Grey Box forest in the warm sunshine, and slowed down to enjoy the play of the light among the trees. It has rained overnight and there was that wonderful distinct crispness to the air and the whole forest seemed to sparkle in the moment. The great Grey Box stood soaking up the light and the tones of the light playing over their trunks was a delight to see.
At the start point, there were nearly a dozen (I’m not much one of a counter, approx is good enough) of us to set up for an excursion around the western side of the forest.
And the birds were happy to accommodate us, and the forest set out to relax and reveal some of its secrets. Brown Treecreepers, Red-rumped Parrots, Superb Fairywrens and Galahs and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos were among the usual suspects. And a number of Crimson Rosellas and Eastern Rosellas seemed intent on keeping one another from looking for suitable nesting sites.
We walked down as far at the old Shearing Sheds, and here I managed to find a pair of Jacky Winter, and then two Speckled Warblers. They were very relaxed birds and although I didn’t get many close photos, I did get plenty of views of them as they fed among the grasses and the small shrubs. On a day on my own, it would have been easy to settle in and just wait to see what they were up to.
The Nikon V1 with the 300m PF f/4 lens does seem to able to deliver the goods, and I have to say its certainly much lighter and convenient that lugging in the D810 and the f/2.8 lens. Time will tell.
I will also start a Project in BirdsasPoetry here on the blog as I begin to document my journey of discovery with the camera. More to follow as they say.
Thanks to Chris L and to all those who turned up to make such a beautiful sunny day so much more enjoyable with their company.
We’ll be back.