For a while it was relatively calm on the shore line. The tide was coming in gently and every so often the birds jostled for new positions as they moved up a little more to take account of the changing water depths.
Then this backwash from a passing boat arrived. This is the moment when the godwits were figuring out that some kind of reaction was called for. You can almost see their minds ticking over.
I arrived at the Point an hour later than yesterday’s trek which meant that the incoming tide was closer to the shore. Today’s shots have very little or no effects work done on them with the exception of the stilts in flight photo which has a touch of Vintage using FX Photo Studio Pro.
You might notice a ring in towards the end. I was lying in a prone position so as not to disturb the shore birds. Suddenly he was half a metre away from my face. He was totally unfazed and not about to let a strange human on the grass disturb his food hunt.
Sometimes the walks take place without a camera which can lead to disappointment when there are gatherings like this taking place on the shore. Something told me this morning to grab the long lens as I headed out the door after breakfast. The tide and the light were just right. There were godwits galore among the regular stilt population and the odd visiting tern and oyster catcher. The camera and these birds are a big part of my balancing act right now.
I didn’t come across a single human on this walk in the rain. The magpies in the park were enjoying a feast of insects underneath the damp grass. The butcher bird was flitting around the plants on the edge of the mangroves. At the beginning of the walking path, the male brush turkey was working on his mound.
The presence of these birds made up for the lack of shore birds and the fact that I missed a shot of a magnificent sea eagle looking for fish scraps on a low tide.
I’m fortunate enough to live within a few minutes walk of a number of stands of Melaleuca Quinquenervia (for the botanically minded). Otherwise known as tea trees or paperbarks, they never cease to capture me with the shapes of their shedding.
The mangrove landscape in its native Australia is the perfect environment for them. Interestingly, they are considered a noxious weed in six of the United States after being introduced into Florida early in the twentieth century.
These photographs were taken on different mornings. I’ve used FX Photo Studio PRO to crop and posterize them.
A stunning winter morning was all that was required to encourage a walk to the Point. I checked the tide levels and grabbed the camera bag knowing that the shore birds would be feeding. The walk was so worth the muddy boots. As a bonus, two sulphur crested cockatoo flew over the park. One of them chose to pose.