Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on a new “Sit” spot at “The Office”.
At one point the Werribee River as it cuts through the old sandhills that once were part of the lake that became Port Philip Bay, runs over a stony bottom and has not been able to cut deeply, but rather has formed an area of shallow water at low tide.
To compensate, the river water spreads out into a number of small backwater lagoons or billabongs, so there is quite a range of areas for the birds to congregate and feed.
The Werribee Golf Club skirts the river at this point, so access to the area is relatively easy from the K Road carpark. A great feature is that the afternoon light is coming from behind the photographer, and as my Mum used to say when we used the Box Camera, “Keep the Sun over your left shoulder dear”, so she’d love the lighting happening here.
It’s only a couple of kilometres to the River Mouth at South Werribee, and the fish regularly come and go with the tides.
No doubt I’ll feature more of this area as I settle into working from the river bank. A couple of hours with a ‘cuppa’, and a bit of patience brings all sorts of activity along the river.
One of the birds in the area are Great Crested Terns, and at the moment they are feeding their juveniles. I just can’t get close enough to the far bank, but sometimes the Tern will sweep by with its payload.
4 thoughts on “Snapshots: Crested Tern Feeding Young”
What a lovely series of shots. And then the surprise package at the end with the Fairy Martin! Lovely.
Lovely to see the Terns at work through your great images, David. Looks like you have got a great spot to view all the activity on the river! Love the Fairy Martin!
Amazing captures David. It is always a delight to watch the feeding process of the Terns, and you have some beauties! The Fairy Martin is also, a lovely profile and expression. Very Robin like in expression.
The level of detail is quite incredible