Morning Among the Water Birds

Been awhile since I made an attempt at bringing Birds as Poetry up to date.
My apology also takes a turn in another direction as my ‘creative’ output has been to hardcopy books and end of year calander things.   I got a super calendar from my Singapore mate Lynzwee, and it was made by a company called ZNO
Didn’t take me long to figure out I’d like some of those and so I’ve been doing the appropriate file transfer and fiddling with pages on the web to get them just right.
Also did a book of the Great Egret from the Veil Ballet.   I don’t suppose its such a big deal, but I was so impressed by the bird’s simple expressions that I wanted them to appear in something that extended the feel of the moment.

So Blurb got the job done.  While I am yet to put my hand up as a Lightroom fanboy, I have to say it did make quite a presentable book.  Even if I had a few stops and starts to get what I was looking for.

When I look back over it, the images themselves are each quite simple, but as Dave Delmea quoted by David DuChemin says,

” The images themselves are quite simple, perhaps plain, but because of the lack of complexity it might be easy for a viewer to look at the content and feel they ‘I’ve got it”, without much consideration.

The strength comes when you begin to take in the more understated things. The angles, contrasts, colour contrasts and movements. In a book the viewer can compare, consider and feel the subtle element differences.”

So I’ve  spent the time doing the book.

All work and no play, makes for a restless photographer, so EE and I made a dash one bright early morning down the the WTP

We were headed for the Tee Section and the “Crake Pool, or Crake Pond”.  This area is well know for the chance to get good views of Spotless, Baillon’s and Australian Crake.
And today was to be no exception.  The early morning light cascades across the pond and enriches the colour of the birds.
Here is selection.  Enjoy

Not a usual inhabitant, this visiting White-necked Heron seemed to be enjoying the sunshine as much as we did.


Great Egret working out its feather pattern before taking to the air.

And after all that it was a short journey


Back at the pool the Baillon’s Crakes were checking out breakfast

Not to be outdone the Australian Crakes were also at work.

And a Black Swan took great delight in giving its best balancing routine.

Then we spied a couple of Brolga at a distance.

The Growing Grass Frog is an endangered frog, but today they seemed to be doing their best to keep the numbers growing.  The small pond rang with their deafening call.


5 thoughts on “Morning Among the Water Birds

  1. What beautiful clear photos David. I saw my first Spotted Crake last week, but from a distance. Your pics are so much clearer than mine. Love all the pics you have posted they are all such great shots. Hoping to see a Baillon’s in the future. Quite strange that we have been kept from seeing Crakes and Bitterns all this time.


    1. Hi AB, we don’t travel that way so much usually as there is generally a vehicle or two and often a photographer down the bank or in the water, so it sometimes is a bit crowded. EE says we could sell scone and coffee!
      The beaut part is that on a good day the birds move into some small openings among the reeds and are easily seen.

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