An easy day out

Friend of mine once said in conversation as we chatted about my time in the bush,  “Bird photography is pretty easy, you just sit in a deckchair and photograph any birds that happen to come by.”  And today, for once, he was right. Thanks for the advice John.

Mr An Onymous had looked at the weather maps, the weather forecasts, the icon ladies and I guess in the end, just plain looked out the window, and declared we should take a trip to Point Cook Coastal Park on Friday.  Sounded good as we’d not been out that way since the end of the Flame Robin season, most of the birds were well on their way back by mid of September.

Meet you down there, and so we did.


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Passing time with inflight shots

We’ve been sitting in our mobile hide (the little i20), near a tree that has a Black-shouldered Kite nest and the female in residence.
As is typical of her species, the nest is just below tree top and hidden well in among the fine uppermost branches.  Once she is under the canopy she is gone!

He off course is on hunting duty, and every so often turns up with a nice fresh mouse.   So all we have to do is point the camera, (attached, I might add to the WImberley Gimbal head), and wait either for him to arrive and/or her to emerge or reenter.
Now, if you’ve ever watched them, the first thing you’ll recall is that it can be a long long long time inbetween feeds.

Sometimes even she gets a bit anxious and sends out some pretty interesting Kite calls just to make sure he gets the message.
So we wait.

And of course in the waiting is the challenge.   So we, well at least I, keep the shorter 300mm f4 PF on a second camera and practice my flight shots on anything that spins past.

So here are a few from the other day.

Sea Week Walking at Point Cook Costal Park

We have been doing some walks with the Green Walks in the Park group of late.  It is a joint venture with Parks Vic, Bushwalking Australia, the Heart Foundation and the local council.

This week the walk was around the Point Cook Costal Park.  Lots of people turned up and as usual we strolled rather than walked. Took our time and saw some great birds. Lots of Black-shouldered Kites, some Brown Falcons, and a goodly number of waders and water birds. The walk was out to the monument to migration on the edge of the Cheetham Wetlands, and then along the beach.

On the way back to the car, I came across a Crested Pigeon that was sunning itself with its feathers all fluffed up and its wing outstretched.