March 28, 2015 … a brief return to feathers

It has been a while since I did a bird edition.

Pauatahanui trips often result in bird shots.

Pukeko

Swamp hen (pukeko)

 

My first subject was a pukeko or swamp hen (Porphyrio porphyrio). These colourful big-footed birds can be very shy, depending on the environment. This one’s partner made a lightning fast exit into the reeds. This one was either brave or slow on the uptake.

Stilt

Juvenile pied stilt

 

From the hide I could see some juvenile pied stilts and I suspect they are the ones that hatched just prior to Christmas.

itch

This is not an attempt at flight. See the feet well in front of the upper legs

 

At first, the bird was browsing for food, but it seemed to suffer from an inaccessible itch, or perhaps in infestation of parasites. Splashing about looked like normal ablutions at first but it soon launched into some amazing contortions verging on flight as it attempted to ease whatever was causing the discomfort.

That’s all 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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