Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Our World & World Bird Wednesday - Pondlife


Sorry my posting has been rather sporadic lately, least said,
soonest mended, some skeletons are best left in the cupboard.

Haven't been anywhere much so my posts are close to home.
Another dip into the pond in our park, shooting across it hand
held, I was rather pleased with the result of my new Canon 600
with an Emron 270mm . The shot is nothing to write home about
but it is right across the pond and, to labour a phrase, a long shot.


Only when uploaded, did I notice the optional extra underneath
the platform.


Unfortunately too unfocused for a clear ID but from Stewart M's
identification of my other waterfowl, I would guess a Bush Hen.


I was amazed at the clarity I got when cropping out the Ibis


at their antics. There were many birds there that day, not just
the gander, the ducks and grebes but also a couple of cormorant
after the white-faced heron had hightailed it out of there on
hearing my approach.


The other interesting bird sighting was a pair of Emu the Prof
spotted in our little special tree woodlot at the top of our Windy
Hill paddock. That is our first sighting in over 40 years of Emu
this close to a settled area. Normally we see them in grasslands
near National Parks or Nature Reserves. There are so many
anomalies in wildlife movements this year that I wonder what
is happening.




Hope you all are having a fun and satisfying week.

36 comments:

  1. The captures are very clear. Beautiful birds.

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  2. Super Fotografien!

    Liebe Grüsse aus der Schweiz

    Hans-Peter

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  3. Your camera is doing fine! The photos are very clear, Arija!

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  4. I, too, sometimes wonder what is happening in the bird world ... in some parts of North America hundreds if not thousands of birds have literally dropped to their death mid flight. Such awful mysteries are rarely adequately resolved. Interesting about the emu coming closer to settled areas and people. The environment is transitioning.

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  5. Hi Arija...A lovely bird I have not seen in any blogs I follow so nice to see...the Ibis...and your photos are very lovely!!
    Grace

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  6. Wonderful bird sightings you're having. It's amazing how much more you can see when photos are downloaded - and then cropped. Marvellous!

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  7. so funny - i used the exact same 'nothing to write home about' phrase in my WBW post today. :)

    love the ibis! hope your days get better!

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  8. Sometimes close to home offers the best shots - lovely!

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  9. Beautiful birds and your captures are wonderful as always and very clear! Hope your new year is off to a good start, Arija. My family has had a difficult start for the year, but it is time to move on now.

    Sylvia

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  10. Wonderful captures - just lovely!

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  11. Your shots close to home are like a vacation for those of us who live so far away, and sometimes what we see in our own backyard is every bit as exciting as things we travel a long ways to see.

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  12. You got beautiful captures of the Ibis Arija.
    Glad you are having a good week!
    B.

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  13. Very interesting photos across your pond with the waterbirds on the other side. It's always fun to find the unexpected extra bird in a photo.

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  14. Like night and day, our ibis and yours. It looks like the behavior is similar, though.

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  15. Those birds look a little like a cross between our woodstorks and the ibis we have here.

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  16. These amazing photos are a wonderful share, and make me want another camera.
    Please do keep sharing your marvelous land.
    Wildlife will respond to climate changes before humans.

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  17. These are great Arija, looks like they were having a good time, allowing you to have a good time photographing them~

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  18. Sweet shots and nice little extra :-D
    On this side of the Globe I would have hazarded a guess at Coot.

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  19. Beautiful shots, Arija! Nice job!

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  20. Hello Arija, wonderful bird captures. The Ibis are cool looking with those neat looking bills. Take care and have a great week!

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  21. These are wonderful shots. Such fun and beautiful birds.

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  22. They are amazing and new to me:)

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  23. You have much beauty to capture so close to home. I'm interested to see you have a Canon 600 because I'm about to purchase my first ever DSLR camera and the Canon 600D is the one I have almost decided on - but feeling a tad nervous about actually going ahead with the purchase. Your pics have great clarity Arija - did you purchase it here in Adelaide?

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  24. Wonderful shots Arija!
    I can imagine how impressive the sight of emu's in the wild must be. 40 years you say since you last saw them close by your home? I'll tell you what, there doesn't seem to be a shortage of birds at your local patch!
    Take care Mademoiselle!

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  25. Do you remember the Ship Rena that went aground in our water three months ago? It has split into two, almost sunk completely and littering the sea and beach with containers and food stuff.

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  26. Plenty of Ibris in the Gold Coast,

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  27. Clear and lovely shots! I need to travel some distance to take the pictures of birds like yours. When I have nothing special to post, I look around my garden, and find many specials like you found close to your home. Look forward to more photos taken by your new camera.

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  28. Oh. Wow. I love the birds you have shared with us. I will return. Thank you.

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  29. Watching wildlife is so enjoyable. It looks like you are putting your new camera and lens to good use, Arija.

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  30. Excellent photos. A good telephoto is essential to capturing birds.

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  31. Arija, what a fun bunch of birds to see! It's always nice when nature comes to you, isn't it! I can't even imagine having an Emu as a yard bird, LOL!

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  32. Great shots for hand held long shots. It looks a great place for bird shots.

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  33. I know they can be a plague in some places but I really like Ibis. Would love to see the scarlet ones in Guyana.

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  34. I have seen the Secret Ibis once. It was when I visited Camargue. It is a beautiful bird. I did not know it was living "down under". :)

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