December 19, 2014 … lovely weather for ducks

Steady wet drizzle happened for most of Thursday.

Wet landscape

Hayward hill landscape drifting in and out as the rain came and went

 

Domestic obligations kept me at home in the morning, so after lunch, I decided to see if I could get a better view of those pied stilt chicks, despite the weather. My camera was installed inside its storm-jacket and was weatherproof. The landscape as I crossed the Haywards hill seemed unpromising.

Wetness

Everything was very wet, and all to eager to share the burden with me.

 

Having parked on Grey’s Road, I set off along the path and within a minute, my shoes, socks and trousers were soaked as I pushed through the grasses and the soggy track.

kanuka

Kanuka tree in flower

 

There were jewels to be seen, and it was worth pausing to look at trees in flower.

Stilts

Three chicks at the water’s edge, two to the left and one to the right

 

From the comparative shelter of the hide, I dripped on the floor. My camera may have been weatherproof, but I certainly wasn’t. However, my trip was not in vain. Three pied stilt chicks were exploring the edge of the island in the pond.  As I understand it from other observers, these are no more than two days old.

That will do for 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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