My WordPress friend, Ashley, over at Aussiebirder has written a post on “Mindfulness” while bird watching. Resonates quite well I thought with my meanderings on having a love for the bird and the craft.Sometimes we are in such a hurry, or obsessed, to find the next bird, that we overlook the around.
EE, Mr An Onymous and I had gone down to the Jawbone Conservation Reserve to look for, among other things, Great Crested Grebe. And as the day progressed we found both the birds that are down there. Jawbone also has quite a resident collection of Black Swans. One of the main reasons—not being a Swan, how would I know— seems to be that the arm of the sheltered Jawbone pond(s) offers a quiet resting place, perhaps out of the wind.
So while we looked for the best places to photograph said Grebe, the Swans kept us amused by their fluting calls, their preening antics and their airborne mastery and of course their barefoot waterskiing championships.
When I opened up the files in Lightroom (hah!, had to get the plug in, that’s plug in, not plugin), I was just a wee bit excited to find how many interesting moments of these birds that I’d managed during the morning and I wasn’t even trying. I feel a photobook coming on.
Here are some to set the scene and get you into the ‘moment’.
5 thoughts on “Postcards: Swaning About (as you do)”
Aren’t they great birds. I love the waterskiing landings. Good to know about the Great Crested Grebes, as I shall be over there with Birdlife Beginners on the 26th.
A beaut series of images, I always seem to come home with a lot of Swan shots from Jawbone. They are great to watch. I heard the Grebes were still there after you asked about them recently. Might have to go visit again.
They are so marvellous. Especially like that barefoot waterskiing!
Oh, and that stunning close up of the shape right at the end. Such sublime detail!