Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Early Morning

I went for a walk along the shoreline at Mullens yesterday. Looking north-east the clouds were beginning to break up and the water reflected the blue in the sky.

Looking further east and south the only colors were grey and the mirrored silver of the water. There were birds strung out along the water-line and pecking in the puddles left by the receding tide.

This kind of lighting makes it very hard to ID shorebirds. Of course the larger birds are easy. A Whimbrel stands at the edge of the water and a couple of Godwits fly off.

An Eastern Curlew roosts on sand.

A Godwit wades through the water and pecks into the sand in search of food. The smaller bird is more difficult to ID.

The smaller birds further out at the edge of the water are impossible to be certain about and the ones standing on the sand and small rocks almost fade out of sight.

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29 comments:

  1. Glad you're out and about again. I love upside down sky reflections. And shore birds delight me! Thanks for sharing the lovely day.

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  2. I'm glad, too, that you are out and about, Mick!! Beautiful birds and wonderful reflections of the skies and marvelous captures! Thanks for sharing! Take care, have a great week!

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  3. Lovely wildlife photography ~ light almost looks like snow at times ~ gorgeous ~ thanks, carol

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  4. i like all the lines and layers in the 2nd shot. :)

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  5. I love the reflections of the sky, beautiful photo! Nice birds even though the lighting is not good! Have a happy week!

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  6. That first photo is magical with the beginnings of a new day spread out in front of you.

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  7. It's never easy at those distances Mick, especially into the light. But we keep slogging on don't we? Just totally hooked.

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  8. HI Mick Beautiful shots of the seashore and lovely reflections. You did well to ID the birds at that distance.

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  9. I like your silhouetted shorebirds and the sky reflections are wonderful!

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  10. nice to see them out there Mick; the first photo looks really pretty; I like the blue and silvers

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  11. Lovely! Looks like a beautiful walk.

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  12. A great serie, nice to study the details!

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  13. What a glorious scene...so mirror like is the water, I bet the silence was heavenly...only you and the birds. A perfect day...and picture perfect photo Mick.

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  14. Nice reflections on the water. I like the lighting, the birds are in silhouette

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  15. Beautiful series. The reflections and silhouettes are very pretty.

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  16. Beautiful water and sky, and godwits and curlews-- what could be better!

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  17. Great place to be early morning and see some birds.

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  18. early morning calm. :) I like that.

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  19. Very "atmospheric" shots, Mick. Like the way the birds just blend in with the blue-grey waterscape. Scrolled down to previous post and sorry to read that you've been dealing with flu. Hope it's over by now. Do you get flu shots in your part of the world? We do in the US at the start of winter.

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  20. great reflection of the sky on the water

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  21. Beautiful place to spend the day. Lovely shots.

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  22. It looks like a beautiful morning. I could go for a beach stroll.

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  23. Days like that are a challenge for trying to identify shorebirds, Mick! A good exercise in recognizing silhouettes, and I am horrible at it!
    Still, it's great to be out and about and smelling the tidal flat and hearing the birds chatter!

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  24. I had a good laugh when I read in a bird guide that "No Australian bird really posses too much difficulty to identify" - I don't think the author looks at the same birds as me!

    Nice post.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  25. Looks like another great day out on the water!

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