Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Heron's future in focus

Young White-necked Heron faces an uncertain future. Saw this bird standing quietly in stand of trees. Somewhat unusual spot for a heron. On my approach the bird tried to fly off, but could not, possibly because of a broken wing. There may be a sign of the damage in the differences visible in the leading-edge wing white on show. Fearing doing more harm than good by attempting to capture the bird, I backed off. Since Bush Stone Curlews - large, ground-walking night-feeding birds - abound in the same area, the heron may well survive even if the wing does not heal.

The picture is a great plug for image stabilising. It was taken at 1/30th sec with a Panasonic FZ30 hand-held and zoomed to 420mm=, from an old 4WD van idling and with visible body vibration. Sadly it's not super pin-sharp - because even on a tripod the lens can't match the output of costlier and weightier lenses. Not bad though.

Life in the sticks stacks up for birds

Sticks. Some birds need stacks of them. Whistling Kite returns towards nest after seeing off cheeky young Brahminy Kite that ventured too ...