Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Inskip in the Fog

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A week or so ago I went out to Inskip Point very early in the morning hoping that I would find big numbers of shorebirds roosting on the point before too many people got out there.  The weather forecast was for fine weather but it was very foggy around my house.  However, Inskip is usually quite clear even when it is not so good here at the top of the bay.  There was heavy fog around as I drove out there and every now and again the fog turned into light misty rain.  Then I would come out to a clear patch again and it still seemed worth the trip out there.  When I got right out to Inskip there was more fog around than I have ever seen out there.  The lighting was quite amazing with sun shining through and lighting up areas then closing in again.  There were only a few birds on the point itself.

Out on the sand island there were more birds but still not as many as I would have expected at this time of the morning.

Everywhere I looked there were rainbows - even more ephemeral than usual as the mist shifted and closed in again.

(I changed the levels on the above photo in the photo program Gimp and the rainbow was much clearer but I lost the effect of the fog all around.)  

I went back around to Bullock Point which is across the bay from Inskip Point and found the birds there.  A sand bank stretches half way across the bay and when the tide is not very high the birds can rest there and continue feeding.  Unfortunately this sand bank is across a deep channel so it is not possible to get close to the birds unless you have a boat to get across there.

Those light rainbows kept shining and then disappearing around here also. 

24 comments:

  1. Been very misty here recently. Like the last view of the reflected rainbow.

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  2. Very nice shots. I always love shots of shorebirds on mudflats.

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  3. how beautiful the photographs and that glimpse of colours you picked up.

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  4. Not so easy to see the birds but amazing sceneries and the first photo is a real beauty! We had also very misty here this Saturday.
    Greetings Pia

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  5. beautiful views! love the rainbow dropping into the waters.

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  6. I just love the smooth-like-satin feel of these photos! And the greys and tans too.

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  7. Love the light in those photos, especially the first one. Fun rainbow shot too! Looks like some good shorebirding! :)

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  8. Great area!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. Mick, I love the rainbow captures. It is always a treat for me to see a rainbow. Too bad you could not get a closer look at the shorebirds. The scenery is beauiful. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. maybe not so many birds. But you got some great views to share. Love them.

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  11. Gorgeous shots, Mick! I love the first one! The rainbow is fantastic!

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  12. A magical misty day and that alone is worth getting up for!

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  13. That stretch of beach is gorgeous. I love your shots because it's such a different landscape from our own...and your pics are wonderful.

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  14. Looks like a nice morning to be out and about - even if the birds were a bit distant!

    cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M - Australia

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  15. Just love that top shot Miak. What a wonderful part of the world you live in.

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  16. great shots, i LOVE the soft rainbow!! they are always a treat to see!!

    lucky you!!

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  17. Nice set of photos Mick! My fave is the second one with the sand reaching out covered with shorebirds.

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  18. There may not have been many birds about, but what a magical, mystical morning you had!

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  19. Those scenes are terrific!!! I can almost feel the 'weather' and hear the 'sounds'!! The rainbow is awesome.

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  20. Beautiful rainbows with the fog effect. I always have trouble getting a photo to accurately reflect the feeling of a place. You did this very nicely!

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