Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Carlo

Last week I showed photos of the beach at Rainbow. The land here becomes quite a narrow peninsular. Just 3 kms west is the bay - part of the Great Sandy Strait. This is a very different environment from the open ocean. It is a safe and usually quiet anchorage. The off-shore charter fishing boats start from here. There is also a boat ramp that is popular for smaller boats. There are also a variety of birds that usually wait around such places.
This is a view from close to the boat ramp. Tin Can Bay is just out of view around the left bank.

The bay is ringed with mangrove trees and even at high tide there are some sand banks for the birds to use. This one had a couple of Pied Oystercatchers, a Silver Gull, and a Little Black Cormorant.

Silver Gulls always make a good photo against a blue sky.

These are Tree Martins which can usually be found here swooping over the water catching insects and perching on any empty fences or mooring ropes.

There was a Great Egret perched on the edge of the bank and watching carefully for any fish that might be down in the water - or any fish that it might be able to take from a couple of people fishing close by on the boat ramp.

 This close view of the bird's head shows the gape of the yellow bill extending beyond the eye. This is one way to distinguish this egret from some of the others. 

I thought that there were no more birds close-by for me to photograph until I looked up! Pelicans often use these big lights to rest on.

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24 comments:

  1. Magnificent blue sky and lovely photos of delightful 'feathered friends'!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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  2. Wonderful captures of the feathered fellows in your neighborhood, Mick!! Love those blue, blue skies!! Hope you have a great new week!!

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  3. Hello Mick, pretty views of the water. And awesome collections of birds and photos. I like the egrets, sweet Tree Martins and the pretty Silver Gull. The pelicans sure did pick a weird place to rest. Great post. Enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

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  4. pelicans all smooshed out made me laugh. love the martins!

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  5. I like that close up of the egret.

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  6. Beautiful bird photos. I hope you'll come link up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/nesting.html

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  7. Love your water views! Terrific bird shots, love the Gull and Egret.

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  8. A great close up of the Silver Gull. I only ever see them in flight when watching the cricket on TV. Lovely shots of the Great Egret too - a handsome bird.

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  9. What great shots. I really like that last one!

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  10. Great variety of birds you found at Carlo.

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  11. Lovely photos! The oystercatchers and the gull are beautiful birds. The tree martins are so cute.

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  12. great shots as always. The gull seem to be banded and some weed stuck in the band. It´s itching to help it :)

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  13. Wow! That Silver gull is a real beauty. Great shot and lovely post.

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  14. Lovely colors in that shot of the silver gull. Also, I'm amazed that the pelicans can balance on those light posts!

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  15. Such beautiful scenes.
    The close up shots of the birds are awesome!
    Love the color and sharpness of your shots.

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  16. gosh the mangroves are huge! here in NZ they only grow to bush height.

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  17. I love the egret close up. And the last one is very cool.

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  18. What a lovely trek. It's so strange seeing a Pelican perch on top of the light poles. I really like your Silver Gulls. Beautiful birds!

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  19. Looks a great place to get photos of the bird visitors and residents.

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  20. Just wonderful photos! What a great place to go!

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  21. That looks a whole lot like SW Florida ... The mangroves, at least some of the birds .... But somehow the photographers are more talented on your side of the pond, apparently! Lovely photos.

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  22. Great shots - I am always amazed at the things that Pelicans can sleep on!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne (airport)

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  23. Wow! I love the red bill and feet on the Silver Gull! How funny the pelicans don't fall off when asleep way up there!

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