November 5, 2013 … making do with what’s available

Out in the inlet, none of the usual suspects were around.

Pigeons in formation lower left

The heart of the mortgage belt

Now that I think of it, I haven’t seen a kingfisher in weeks. On the other hand a tight flock of birds was wheeling and swooping like starlings over the inlet against the background of Whitby. It took a while to work out what they were.

Common pigeons in formation

“Rats with wings” … in Brisbane they use that label on the Ibis

Once they got closer it became apparent that they were common pigeons (or, as some would have it, rats with wings). I had not previously noticed flocking behaviour from them.

The Waiwhetu Stream

You have to work hard to avoid a house or car in the background on this stretch of the stream

Later in the day I was on the Eastern side of the valley on Riverside Drive. There are some pretty spots beside the Waiwhetu stream so I took the opportunity.


Not as sharp as I would like due to hand-held slow speed shot, but I liked the water texture

And who can resist ducklings?

That’s it, I am back up to date.


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 November 5, 2013 … making do with what’s available

  1. Nary a bird at the Grays Rd spot today and very little yesterday. I was hoping to spot a godwit.
    That stream image is so serene.

  2. Adam Rosner says:

    Like the picture of Whitby… That front part facing the inlet is called “Mortgage Hill”
    We live inland a bit, much more sensible prices and just a quick walk from the inlet (-:

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