Australian Cormorant

Australian Cormorant
Water fowl Australian Cormorant

Saw this Australian Cormorant a few days ago its the closest I have ever managed to get to one. Captured at 70mm! Its quite a large bird and an ancient species not too far removed from the first birds that developed feathers after the dinosaurs It swims fast underwater for a few minutes at a time to catch fish then sits on rocks to dry out. Its a cold hard way to get a meal at this time of year. The light was fading fast when I photographed it and am a bit surprized how well two of the half dozen frames I managed to get of turned out. Image stabilisation is great but this one was pushing the limits a bit a constantly moving head of a black bird against dark water at dusk! ƒ3.2 1/60th at ISO 640

Pacific black duck…

A Pacific black duck or Anas superciliosa found in small numbers in the gorge but today the water level had risen over night and this rushing torrent was no place for a sensible duck to go swimming around...

A Pacific black duck or Anas superciliosa found in small numbers in the gorge but today the water level had risen over night and this rushing torrent was no place for a sensible duck to go swimming around…