August 31, 2013 … a variety of feathers

As foreshadowed in yesterday’s blog, the weather was dismal.

There was wind (no calm water) and periodic and quite heavy rain, and low temperatures. Nevertheless, I had to get out and about. Whenever I am in desperation mode (and sometimes when I am not) I go to Pauatahanui. Sometimes this is rewarding, sometimes not. All of today’s shots are from there.

The kingfisher looking for crabs

I suspect he is “stumped”

First, the ubiquitous kingfisher. I have not succeeded in a good diving shot for weeks, and even when this one left its perch, it was to move to a more distant perch, rather than to catch a crab.

White-faced heron

Low and slow

A white-faced heron passed overhead at an obligingly low altitude.

Chaffinch in a tree

I think the kingfishers would chase the impertinent chaffinch away

A chaffinch was sitting where the kingfishers often choose as their lookout, a sure sign of fewer than usual kingfishers.

The last light of the day

White-faced heron in silhouette

On the way out of Motukaraka point, I saw another white-faced heron, this time silhouetted against the reflected glitter of the setting sun.

That’s it for Winter. It’s spring tomorrow.

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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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2 Responses to August 31, 2013 … a variety of feathers

  1. Ellen says:

    Stumped kingfisher is nice.
    And
    Something delightful I just discovered.
    The collective noun is “a concentration of kingfishers”.

  2. nickyab says:

    I love the photo of the kingfisher..I will show it to my hubby tomorrow and I know that he will be envious as they are so fast and difficult to catch. Many thanks

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