In flight

Achievement unlocked!

It has been a year since I started this blog and one of my goals along the way was to be able to take some photos of birds in the air. When I began, I preferred subjects that stayed still. Even the wind blowing a flower around on a sunny day, was enough to frustrate me. So I’m proud to have captured these birds in flight… and to have reasonably clear focus. I’d have to admit that these are large subjects and they take off fairly slowly. being relatively easy to photograph. Now, the next challenge is the smaller birds, especially the ones that flit around, never staying still and hiding in trees or shrubs with lots of foliage to keep them safe.

It’s cold tonight

Zero degrees, or less, is predicted. It’s already very chilly. Just enjoyed an outdoor hot tub which was even more appreciated because grandson no 2, (who lives with us) took it upon himself to collect the wood and keep a fire going all day, by himself, so we could enjoy it. Thank you lockdown. The g’kids have time off school to be helpful.

If I was a pelican, I would be enjoying this sheltered spot, cozying up with a friend. Like this.

Keep your head down

It was chilly. The pelicans tucked their heads away and shivered!

Here are two headless ones.

Did I mention it was also windy. The pelicans were gathered in this corner of the swamp. Perhaps it was marginally warmer. Having been on a dairy farm, I noticed that cows always turn their backs to the wind. Apparently horses face the wind. There are lots of ideas about wht this is so. I noticed in this picture the pelicans all faced the same way, well all except one. He hadn’t got the memo. Or maybe he was keeping lookout. When my guinea fowl are eating there always seems to be one, not eating, keeping a lookout for predators.

I had something in common with this little guy. We were both crouched over to stay warmer.

The Back Lagoon

Anyone who is following my blog should realise that most of my photos are taken somewhere on my 80 acre farm. I am lucky to live is a unique wetland environment, in a very dry country. My farm is surrounded be waterways, either lagoons or channels. These pics were taken at the back of my farm directly adjacent to a lagoon.

The baby birds in the previous posts live in a tree down here. The thistles are weeds but quite picturesque.

At the moment pelicans and ducks seem to have taken up residence. Just around the corner I counted over 40 ibis.

Gum trees grow along the banks.

I couldn’t get any closer to this chap. He was watching me take photos from a distant tree.

It’s a totally isolated spot. No one else ventures here. There are some neighbours on the other side of the water. I love the peace and quiet. Even the weeds look picture perfect.

My beautiful weeds for Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD)