Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Swallows

This post is for World Bird Wednesday.

I have been kayaking twice this week going to two different shorebird roosts. While I saw plenty of shorebirds I could not get close enough to get good photos of any of them. S0, I photographed what was there and that was these Welcome Swallows which were sitting up in this dead tree and preening and resting. I wish I could get some in-flight photos but I still have not learned to be fast enough to focus in the right place at the right time.
The bay waters are always very beautiful first thing in the morning. This photo is taken from the Mullens picnic site at high tide and looking straight over to the other side of the bay.
A photo such as this gives no idea of how shallow these waters are and how much sand is exposed at low tide. This is at low tide taken from the same site.
I usually kayak in the southern part of the Great Sandy Strait which stretches from Cooloola Cove and Tin Can Bay in the south right up to Harvey Bay in the north. The Great Sandy Strait has many miles of similar sand and mud flats which makes it an ideal feeding place for shorebirds of all kinds. It is recognized as a "Wetland of International Significance" and listed under the Ramsar treaty.

26 comments:

  1. beautiful little birds. i like the 3rd shot - neck outstretched to get a better look at you.

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  2. I know the close up Swallows are far more detailed however I really like the compostion of the first image... lovely

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  3. Wonderful to see your swallows... ours have all left now...

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  4. I love the swallows, wonderful photos. It looks like a very pretty place for kayaking.

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  5. Good swallows shots! Nice compositions!!!

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  6. beautiful....i don't see those here!!

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  7. I love swallows. Could I borrow your kayak ;>) (and while you're at it, maybe throw in your talent with a camera?)

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  8. Beautiful swallow photos, Mick! They remind me a bit of our barn swallows. Thank you for visiting my blog! I appreciate it!

    I like to fish our local streams with a kayak.

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  9. Hi there - nice pictures. I got some recently of birds collecting mud - so they may see the light day soon.

    Cheers - SM

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  10. Nice swallow photos! Catching swallows in flight is one of the greatest challenges. Sometimes you have to just fire away when they take off and hope one of them will catch the right moment. Autofocus helps. Aren't we lucky to have digital cameras? Printing each picture would never do, couldn't afford to.

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  11. Ours have already left! Good to see yours:)

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  12. Swallows are very difficult to photograph; you did well. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  13. they looks like barnswallows. We have a lot of them in summer. But they are gone now. Maybe to you then. And they are hard to catch. :)

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  14. great lighting in those. I always love seeing swallows, so cute :)

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  15. A splendid sight. Amazing to see the difference in tides. Lets hope your shorebirds start respecting your efforts a bit more.
    Cheers!

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  16. I was wondering if they were Cliff Swallows but remembered you live in Australia.:)
    Great shots!

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  17. I am always amazed at the way the tide changes the shoreline and the inlets and bays! the swallows are so pretty and much easier to photograph when perched!

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  18. Great shots and your tides are remarkable! I haven't seen these guys.

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  19. Thank you for the nice comment to my Avocet post. I scrolled through some of your posts and you sure do have a wonderful assortment of very nice bird photos. It must be all about where you live. :)

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  20. So nice counting birds in your own private paradise as long as the crocs don't meander down to your personal shallows and you just in a kayak. Love those welcome swallows. We have them nesting on the farm and even though they are in the shearing shed or sitting on a wire above my head, I have no hope of catching them in flight.

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  21. oh my you were really good to get the swallow photos I think. They can be really flighty too; well done! Beautiful.

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