From the Field Notes Book: Feeding your Hobby

The weather has not been conducive to keeping tabs on the local Hobby Nursery.
We have also the challenge of the location, as its quite a busy carpark, and Security offers its own challenges. Carparks are not public spaces.
The second challege to in-flight photography is the trees are all very well established Sugar Gums, with a few Umbrella Pine, and all quite tall, and of course close together. So its hard to get an open shot of in-flight activity.

But persist we shall.

Early mornings seem to be the best. Quiet carpark, security having breakfast and the like. And if the light is right then its a bonus.

Here is a few from a couple of feeding cycles the other day.

Dad arrives with a breakfast offering. Unlike Black-shouldered Kites, he doesn't seem to have the ability to hover. Rather he pulls up in a climb and then for a few seconds holds station before beginning to drop.
Dad arrives with a breakfast offering. Unlike Black-shouldered Kites, he doesn’t seem to have the ability to hover. Rather he pulls up in a climb and then for a few seconds holds station before beginning to drop.
Hold on. I'm comin'
Hold on. I’m comin’
Me too
Me too
Hard to see in these shots, but one of them is quite a bit larger than the other. So I'm tipping its a male and a female.
Hard to see in these shots, but one of them is quite a bit larger than the other. So I’m tipping it’s a male and a female.
I'm also sure everybody knows who's turn it is for the food. I don't think its a case of first in.
I’m also sure everybody knows who’s turn it is for the food. I don’t think its a case of first in.
I think this might be my Nat Geo Shot.
Dropping away,
Needing to find a suitable perch to hold the prey while it eats.
That might work.
Which leaves the other one to hone up its flying skills. They have already learned to take dragonflies in the air.
A great look at the outstretch as it takes off
Graining speed and height
Dad arrives with a new meal. This time he takes the safe approach and delivers onto a branch
All secure and away

That’s it for the year.

Enjoy your festive season and may 2023 bring some fantastic picture opportunities to your lens.


See you in 2023 Along the Track