June 17, 2013 … dark and damp, but let’s get out anyway

Steady rain is not conducive to photography.

The valley was grey and draped with tendrils of mist or low cloud.  What could I do to keep the faith?

Winter in the Valley

Mist on the hills near Stokes Valley

I contemplated what the conditions would be like out at Pauatahanui and thought about kingfishers diving into still grey water, the surface stippled with raindrops. Execution turned out to be more difficult than in my imagination. The kingfishers were there, but getting to a place where I had a clear view of them hitting the water scared them off.

IMG_0347Spur-winged plovers in the rain

That’s the same branch favoured by the kingfishers

I stood on the edge of the zone, and saw a small group of spur-winged plovers (Vanellus miles). They were nervous and ready to depart at any sudden movement. The water was as I imagined and I shall try this again. I am sure there is much more rain to come.

I got back in the car and waited for Mary to return from her walk (and you thought photographers were mad).

Little black shags in co-ordinated feeding behaviour

It all happened very quickly



A sudden thunder of wings alerted me to the arrival of a significant flock of little black shags (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris). By my count there were at least sixty of them and they seemed to be following a shoal of fish, perhaps even herding them into a bay where they had a great time.

moving on to the next spot

They never lingered long in their pursuit of the shoal

They would settle on the water and dive repeatedly for a minute or so and then the whole flock would take to the air and descend fifty metres further on. Everyone was having a great time, except the fish.

The weather is mixed today. Let’s see what it brings.



About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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One Response to June 17, 2013 … dark and damp, but let’s get out anyway

  1. Ellen says:

    The serious hunters; and the wild after party. Great!

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