June 19, 2014 … some visitors, medium rare

My photographic day began, as it often does, at Pauatahanui.

Kingfishers

Five of the eight watching intently for crabs

There were at least eight kingfishers in the neighbourhood, and I managed to catch five of them in one tree. The tide was full and the crabs were obviously a bit careless or failed to realise that their buddies were disappearing one by one.

Kingfisher

Emerging triumphant, the kingfisher has a crab

My favourite approach to kingfishers is from the water level, or as near as possible to it. Sometimes this can be uncomfortable, especially if the tide has just receded and sitting on the beach results in a wet posterior. Nevertheless, I got low yesterday and was rewarded with this shot of a kingfisher bursting into flight after diving for a crab.

Shorebirds

Red-billed gull, white-fronted tern, pied oystercatcher and shore plover all in one place.

From there, I went to Plimmerton and found bird heaven. There were white-fronted terns, oystercatchers, and glory of glories, the rare shore plover. They are a pretty little bird, and I believe the local population nest on Mana Island, but come in to Plimmerton to forage for food.

Shore plover

Shore plover wading … they are very rare, much studied and most of them are ringed

And that’s all I have to say today.

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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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