Monday, April 2, 2012

Our World & World Bird Wednesday - More of Moonta Bay


What's happening in our world? Today I had a lazy day recovering
from yesterday's overdoing it a bit. I tackled the meadow in our
front garden with a line trimmer (petrol driven) and got a small
patch done to differentiate the cut grass from the overgrown flower
beds. Quite an achievement at my age!

Now, let me take you back to our recent trip to Moonta Bay, one
of my favourite fishing spots for fish, crabs, photos . . .

A Sooty Oystercatcher looking for his breakfast at sunrise


as the morning light turns the water into molten silver


and an Australian Pied Oystercatcher, Haematopus longirostris,
is also intent on a spot of brekkie.


Not easy to concentrate on the job when you are buffeted by
a stiff breeze . . .


perhaps a good time to take to wing and find a calmer place.


Meanwhile, the Pied Cormorant, Phalacrocoras varius, is
already drying his feathers


and indulging in a spot of preening.


Look left from the jetty towards the sun and the sea is a
silvery gray,


look right and the beauty of the early light and the cleansing
breeze is almost overwhelming,



What are you seeing in this wonderful world of ours?

41 comments:

  1. Beautiful pictures! I have to go to sea and see an oystercatcher again. I like their red beak. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

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  2. Das ist eine wunderbare Fotoserie, vielen Dank...

    Grüsse aus der Schweiz

    Hans-Peter

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  3. I always like to see oystercatchers with their bright bills. You're oystercathcers resemble ours but the cormorants differ in their plumage.
    I love the image of the water on the rippled sand.

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  4. It is magic when the light hits the water and plays in the waves. Also like the unusual photo of the bird with its feathers fluffed up by the winds. :)

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  5. Marvelous captures as always, Arija! I do love the oystercatchers! Such colorful bills they have! A delightful look at your world today! Hope your week is off to a great start!

    Sylvia

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  6. wonderful pics! great shots from the birds :)

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  7. Hi Arija...Wonderful shots..especially like the fluffy wind blow feathered one : }
    Amazing color on those beaks and the eyes..lovely!!
    Don't push to much on the clean up..take it slow!!
    Have a great week..
    Grace

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  8. It looks like a very lovely place to roam about and I really, really loved those Pied Cormorant images! It does look as though a nice breze was blowing, lovely water ripples. Hugs to you Arija~

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  9. the oystercatchers are such beautiful birds, but that pied cormorant is a beauty, too. :)

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  10. What a bright bird! Love these photos.

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  11. Greand post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  12. I just love the cute Oystercatchers with their long orange bills. The Pied Cormorant is a cute bird, it looks prettier than the cormorants I am use to seeing. Thanks for sharing your birds, wonderful photos Arija!

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  13. Great photos of the birds and water. I like the contrast in the water color made by the light from different directions.

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  14. don't over do..but it is nice to get something accomplished

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  15. I so enjoy your trips to the coast, an environment I rarely see.

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  16. I love the molten silver water picture. It is so gorgeous.

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  17. The texture of water in the 2nd and last shot is awesome!

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  18. Wow, the coloring of the eyes and bills on those oystercatchers! Quite striking. And what an incredible explosion of zinnias below! Your world seems much more beautiful than my city-sprawl view.

    Hugs to you. xoxo

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  19. Great pics ... your sea shore birds are charming.

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  20. Oh, such amazingly lovely shots!

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  21. It seems ages since I last visited. I hope you are well. These birds have colorful beaks or bills, as if they are reflecting the sunset.

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  22. The oystercatchers are my favourites! I love their distinctive walk, and bright orange beak - nothing beats a small flock of them foraging along the shore. But at Moonta Bay? Sensational!

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  23. Hope you are keeping well Arija - quite an achievement with the line trimmer. I enjoyed your photos.

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  24. Your world is breathtaking Arija..love that bulls eye red Eye of the oystercatcher.... and the way cormorants spread their wings to dry in the sun and breeze...

    Lovely to know you are enjoying your garden..we are watching ours as their little green leaves are slowly emerging from the cool ground... don't work too hard my dear!!

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  25. We've got oystercatchers and we've got cormorants, but yours are prettier! What a wonderful place to watch birds. Take care -- don't overdo.!!!

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  26. Handsome birds and beautiful scenery Arija. Loved all the photos and wish I could step into them :)

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  27. Lovely images lof your Oystercatchers Arija... I have my local pair back at my little pool and they look like they are nesting again... it's a great time of year.

    Thanks for your recent comment..
    Hugs again.. take care Drew.

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  28. Beautiful Arija! I love the Oystercatchers but that Pied Cormorant is stunning!

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  29. Great shots and perfect for WBW!
    Our lokal Oystercatcher is more white than the austraian type. And this bird is a typical "spring" - bird, - wintertime is supose to end...but at the moment, - it snows a lot. 80cm last two days!
    Happy WBW to you!

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  30. What a great bird! Love that bright bill and eye! Gorgeous!

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  31. Greetings from Oman!!!

    Great images..

    Shantana

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  32. Love your birds Arija. The sea always offers so much beauty of it's own. So glad you had a good time.

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  33. wonderful to see your trip photos!

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  34. love both species of birds. The cormorant looks a lot diferent from the ones in my country. It is so gret to see all sorts of them.

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  35. Hello Arija, love the oystercatcher...ours are all black..as always a very gentle visit here with the birds. Our cormorants are the double crested. I like the shot of the oystercatcher all fluffed up.You are such a reliable and creative blogger.

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  36. Great images of the Oystercatcher and the Pied Cormorant. A lovely series of images.

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  37. Great catches of a beautiful bird.
    Rest well Arija!

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  38. Oh Arija, I just love that pied cormorant! I love anything pied!

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  39. These bird photos are really wonderful. Our feathered buds can be so hard to capture; your work is wonderful.

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