Now that was a day!
Flat calm, warm sun, some picturesque clouds, perfect conditions. Where else would I go on such a day but the inlet? On a day such as this there is beauty to be found there, with or without birds. The rushes reflected in still water created a wonderful pattern.
There were birds of course, and it’s hard for me to go past the classic black and white pied stilts reflecting perfectly in the surface of the ponds. Nevertheless I have chosen a shot of one of the group taking an early morning nap in a secluded part of reserve.
At Motukaraka point there were already other photographers there, and two of them were fellow club members. The others were also well known to me as passionate bird photographers. My friend Toya (whose own blog is well worth reading) draped herself and her long lens with camouflage net and waited patiently. She got some wonderful shots.
For my part, I was happy with several sequences of kingfishers diving and retrieving.
The diving is remarkably clean and quiet with a very modest splash.
Most times they emerge triumphant with a crab clutched firmly in the beak.
They usually fly back to the branch from which they launched as in this shot, but if the photographer is too close they go elsewhere.
Normally, I would say that’s sufficient for the day but it really was a lovely day and I have a strict policy of presenting only the photographs from the previous day, so the opportunity would be lost if I didn’t share the wonderful tranquility of the inlet yesterday.
And then there was the noise. About thirty large V8s, mostly Fords, mostly Fairlanes and Thunderbirds came in convoy around the point and then proceeded in thunderous procession along Grays Road towards Plimmerton. The cars were immaculate, and the noise was amazing.
That’s more than enough for one day.