Somehow, there are always new corners to discover, and surprises to find.
I prefer to set up an image or at least to go out with the intention of making specific kinds of image. When the starts of the show don’t turn up (kingfishers), I am forced to look for other things.
Moonshine valley is picturesque, but it runs in a North/South direction between very steep hills so much of it is in deep shadow, and where it does open out, there is little opportunity to park. Anyway, I followed the road, seeing opportunities and storing them for a different time and different light, and then I came to the intersection of Bulls Run Road. I met this delightful group. There were about eight donkeys grazing in a small paddock beside a creek. I got out hoping for some “character” shots. I hadn’t reckoned on their curiosity, or perhaps they were hoping to be fed something more interesting. I had a long lens and they kept coming well within my minimum focusing distance. In the end I had to walk off up the road, and then turn to see them from further away. This quartet was so nicely lined up I could scarcely pass them by.
Back at the inlet, despite the lovely conditions, my preferred targets were still absent, so I was on the verge of leaving when I saw a flock of Royal spoonbills grazing, silhouetted against the sun.
They can be skittish, so I lay on my belly in the reeds and shot from a low angle. It was a delight to get so close to them.
I have high hopes for tomorrow.