StudioWerkz: Darter On Show

As EE is becoming much more comfortable with Dolly, we decided on a morning around the Ornamental Lake at Werribee Mansion.  The tracks are wellformed and its possible to get close to the action without long walks.

The only part of our plan that was not controllable was the weather, and we ended up with mostly an overcast morning. Also there was little activity at the Lake, perhaps most of the food has diminished and the birds have moved away.

We were sitting on the grass near the lake enjoying a cuppa when an Australasian Darter launched itself out of the water, from between the reeds and waddled up onto the grass.  So close that I had to inch back along the grass to get it all in the frame.  I guess that I was at grass level, and not standing up, the bird felt comfortable enough to go about its preening and drying business.

So, rather than repeat my rant from the Saturday Evening Post on Dean Collins, here is the few moments as they played out.

Enjoy

11 thoughts on “StudioWerkz: Darter On Show

  1. Wow! So close! Wonderful shots, David.
    Glad to hear that EE is getting along with Dolly so well!
    I haven’t been able to get out at all so far this week, but, as Ned Kelly is reputed to have said ‘that’s life’
    DN

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  2. That’s special….close encounter. I use a trolley too…Mine is called “Hotwheels” I got up close and personal with six Magpie Geese at Lake Purrumbete today.

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  3. A wonderful series of shots as he gets himself sorted out. I just love the elegant curve of the neck as he works just at the top of the wing in shot number six. Thanks David, and great that Dorothy is finding Dolly so helpful.

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  4. Some bird to admire, David. I’ve got a soft spot for Darters because they are such wonderfully sculptural birds. They are not very shy (at least with me) but your encounter was definitely a very special moment.

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    1. G,day Adam, I agree if they find a spot to work away at the feathers, then all sorts of great poses come out as they have such a presence. This bird is a little bit human tolerant, has to be, the lake is constantly visited by people during the week and is often the centre piece of some event or other out there.

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