February 22, 2015 … lake in the morning light

Birthday celebrations are all done, and they went very well.

coots

Australian coots gathering

That left me free to explore the wonders of the Queenstown area. Lake Hayes is a favourite of mine, not only because it is immediately accessible but also because, on the crisp clear mornings, when the lake is still and golden, the bird life appears.  At first it was just more Australian Coots.

Rowers

Women’s eight in training

Across the lake, a women’s rowing eight were training under the watchful eye of their coach in the power boat.  Though they looked great I though they would be incompatible with good bird opportunities, so I went to the other end of the lake.

Grebe

Crested grebe at Lake Hayes

O wonder of wonders, the crested grebes were there.

Grebes

Grebe courtship

It soon became apparent that there were courtship battles going on. I was unable to interpret who the various players were or whether the battles were between males competing for the female, or amorous males being beaten off by a reluctant female. Either way, there was a lot of splashing and short bursts of flight.

In the right weather this is a magical area.

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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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