08 August 2013

Black-shouldered Kite, and others by the still waters


It felt a bit dicey walking from the roadway across these dried grasses; deeper than it looks, and who knows what's underfoot?! Thinking s-n-a-k-e.

Can you see the little white dot on top of the Casuarinas, in the middle trees?

it's a Black-shouldered Kite



now I've forgotten what might be lurking in the grasses

and on the other side of those trees was this lovely waterway

a little Australasian Grebe was way out enjoying the last of the sun for the day

further along

with the Watagan Mountains backdrop

another nearby location to the previous

looking downstream




 Pacific Black Duck

 Purple Swamp Hen to the left with Black Swans and Pacific Black Duck

 I can just see a dash of red behind the reeds to the right of middle, where the Purple Swamp Hen is walking




Location: Quorrobolong


20 comments:

Brian King said...

You took great photos of the kite! A beautiful bird! The Black Duck and Black Swans are gorgeous as is the scenery!

Digi-Irma said...

Hi Carole,
What a great series of photos.
The black swans are beautiful, but pictures 4 and 5 are my favorite.
This really enjoy.

Greetings Irma

Bob Bushell said...

Wow, trhe Kite is my fave, it is superb. And the others are beautiful.

eileeninmd said...

Carole, cool sighting of the Kite! And I love the Black Swans and Moorhen. Wonderful photos.

Phil said...

Love your sunny day pictures Carole and I don't wish to worry you, but there was a reason the kite was watching the long grass! Only joking.

Jan said...

What an amazingly calm day, Carole, and your patience rewarded with these beautiful pics.

Joop Zand said...

A wonderful place and very nice photo's Carole,
it's again very nice to see this.

Greetings, Joop

diane b said...

This looks a beautiful wetland area and with lots of birds. The kite is a beauty and the black swan's reflection.

Pete Shanley said...

A memorable day!

Joe said...

Like the swans.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Carole Stunning photos. Scenery fantastic, I want to go there! Glad you pointed out the 'dot' on the tree, would have missed that! However you did get a great shot of the kite in the end. Well down. Love all those ducks and Swans, even the P Swamphen.

TexWisGirl said...

i saw my first kite here recently, and got a few shots but NOTHING like yours! just beautiful shots of all, carole! (your new camera is doing a wonderful job in your hands!)

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

I like the Pacific Black Duck. I've not seen that before.

Montanagirl said...

Loved this post! Great series of nice photos. That close-up of the Kite is superb. The Black Swans are gorgeous. Would love to see some of them once!

Roy Norris said...

Lovely scenic shots Carole and that Kite is so unusual.

NatureFootstep said...

gorgeous shots of the Black-shouldered Kite. It was on my wishlist for the Moroccan trip I was on last nov. The gusy said we saw it but i only saw a dark dot far off at the horizon. :( Was soo dissappoined. Thanks for sharing this stunning bird.

Jeanne said...

I am amazed at your bravery walking through this thick grass, and no wonder you were thinking "snake". I have some tall rubber boots that i wear when I am walking through something like this, and hope that you do too. No wonder though that you forgot about what could be lurking here when you got the shots of this amazing kite. Beautiful photos Carole!!! Was this with your new camera??

DeniseinVA said...

Fantastic series for SkyWatch. The shots off the birds were great and loved the Black-shouldered Kite and the Black Swan particularly. Happy SkyWatch Friday!

Carole M. said...

thanks everyone for your comments! To Jeanne: well ..no I don't have tall rubber boots, perhaps I should get a pair, not especially for the rain but snake-bite proof. I did pick up a tic last weekend so the unexpected is always lurking. Yes I only use the new camera Jeanne; the very reason for getting it was to save having to keep feeding AA's into the old one, as much as I loved it otherwise, I was only using it for long/zoom shots and that used a lot of battery power. This new camera I only need to plug it into the power of course to re-charge.

Terri said...

Great set of photos- looks like a fantastic shoot day!