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

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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