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.


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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2 Responses to August 31, 2013 … a variety of feathers

  1. Ellen says:

    Stumped kingfisher is nice.
    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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