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We took a short visit out to the Port of Brisbane on Monday to check out the activity at this roosting site. The cast of birds included sooty oyster catchers, pelicans, pied cormorants, stilts, egrets, ducks and an unidentified kite of some sort.

There are two hides at this location. Visitors need to head to the Port of Brisbane office nearby to collect a key to gain access to the area. After returning the key, we took the lift to the Observation Cafe for some coffee and apple pie that came with a great view of the mangroves and St Helena Island in Moreton Bay.

Port of Brisbane wetlands - 23 Feb 2015Port of Brisbane - pelicans and cormorantspelicans - Port of BrisbaneSt Helena Island, Moreton Bay - Feb 2015

I’m still working on capturing flight moments. Much depends on the time, place and settings. So when the composition of this white-faced heron worked, it seemed a shame to dispose of the image altogether just because of a lack of focus.

white faced heron in flight - Worn Pop 4 and Magenta Stroke FX and Socorro FX

Same goes for this young magpie and the pelicans, all caught over the past two days on my wanderings.

magpie approaching - Pop Grunge 2 + FX Ancient smpelicans in flight Pop Grunge 7 FX Warm +

Just over a fortnight ago, I came across this mound and a lone Brush Turkey on a rainy walk. Early on Sunday morning I found the pair on the same mound. They were making adjustments to the nest together presumably getting the temperature just right for when the eggs are laid. Spring is definitely with us.

brush turkey pair - Sunday 7 Sep 2014

Down on the point, I’m persisting with my self-imposed learning journey to capture birds in flight.

black and white stilts

Morning stilts

The Black-winged Stilts are constants on the incoming tide at the moment. The closer in time that I arrive before a high tide, the closer in distance I get to the birds.

I’ve been contemplating why I’m going through this practice every day. It’s as much about the desire to improve the shot taking as it is for the exercise and fresh air. Every day I’m learning something new or having other things reaffirmed. It’s all about the light today. Mid-late afternoon. And for a change, these photos have absolutely no adjustments to exposure or effects added.

I’m noticing improvements in my ability to track birds in flight with the camera too. Practice, practice, practice, as they say.

Stilt flight - 3 Sept 2014 Stilt shuffle - 3 Sept 2014 Stilts settled - 3 Sept 2014

 

 

I’ve been timing my coast walks close to high tide so it was after 2pm that I made today’s trek. The only shore birds evident were the usual suspects, these Black-winged Stilts. They were mostly intent on holding the same pose. As I was leaving, I caught sight of a Greater Egret wading around the mangroves.

b&w stilts - OP - 1 Sept 2014

I watched him catch two fish and then took a few unspectacular photographs from my vantage point.

greater egret - OP 1 Sep 2014Once done fishing, the bird took off in a hurry. Any shot of his departure was going to be miraculous. You’ll notice that the camera (and the photographer) did manage to get the mangroves in focus.

Egret takes flight - FX Pacific 20