A very lonely duck…

A very lonely duckDaphene-and-the-Alexander-suspension-bridge
Daphne is domestic duck returned to the wild I have observed her for 4yrs since she was quite young her mother was bitten by a dog in a place where no dogs are allowed she died. Her father was stoned to death by boys. Now she swims alone. Why have we lost respect for animals?

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

A gull in the gorge

A gull in the gorge

Watching birds is always an interesting pastime but watching  flying gulls and their antics from above adds another dimension!

The first peacock chick of the year – 2016

the first peacock chick to appear this year 2016

This is the first peacock chick to appear this year and mum was very close by. This image was shot with a telephoto lens so as not to get too close. Wikipedia tells me that peachicks are born in clutches of between four and six eggs as an average but this year two hens have only one chick each…