Ruff formation

Ruffs in formation against a blank sky make an abstract pattern, suited I think to black-and-white; but Ruffs flying low in the morning light with water and reeds as backdrop make for a different kind of image, with a different mood and feeling.

Don’t you think?

I’ll spare you the play on ‘Reformation’…

Red-knobbed coot

Spain has saturated my posts and photographs for some time now; with this series done, my eye hankers after water, marsh, sky and birdlife. So the next few posts mark a return to Marievale Bird Sanctuary, and a trawl through the images from my last visit, in November.

There are flamingoes, widow birds, ducks of all persuasions, and of course coots – the common, humble, red-knobbed coot, ubiquitous and unremarkable.

Except that these two images, to my mind at least, say more than just ‘coot’ – they say something, I hope, about the stillness, the absorption, the quiet miracle of watching another creature go peacefully about its business.

Shake your feathers – wishing Planet Earth a Happy New Year!

This red-billed teal shaking its feathers, lifting its wings in the early morning light, seems to me a fitting way to say to you all – family, friends, readers, colleagues – may you have a wonderful New Year, filled with peace, light, grace, happiness, health, good fortune and the company and friendship of those you love.

May the New Year see a lessening of hatred and division, a restoration of decency and justice, the dignity of all, tolerance and inclusion.

We are all of us a mere speck, hurtling through space on Spaceship Earth, so let’s take care of our planet, too, okay?! It’s the only one we’ve got, and preserving it intact is the biggest responsibility we have to our children and grandchildren.

Happy 2019!

Pied Avocet, Marievale

I like the harmony and balance, the silent concentration, in these photographs of pied avocets with their swooping bills wading in the waters at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary.

Time for a break, I thought, in the Spanish series…

 

Blacksmith Plover

From photographs of birds, taken during my recent field trip to the Marievale Bird Sanctuary, this blog will see a change of scene, to our travels in Spain – but only when we are back, Rob and I, towards the end of September, from Andalucia and Madrid.

Meanwhile here is one image – a blacksmith plover – to mark the spot, and signal a short hiatus in these posts.

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