Earlier today, I shared photos of a hungry night heron at Buckley Falls. Sethy and I were there for a couple of hours and there were a number of other interesting observations.
These photos are a bit generic, but they highlight some of the photographic opportunities currently available.
I often go to the lower lookout that is overlooking the man made area of the falls. It’s hard to explain. The below photo shows it best.
In the above photo you can see the falls themselves. On the rocks at, and in front of the falls, you’ll often find various species of heron. I’ve been seeing night herons occasionally, but they require more patience. There is usually 2-3 white faced herons. This is an incredibly popular area for birds looking for fish.
If you look in the rocks that are in the still water behind the falls, you can occasionally see other species of bird. On this visit, I saw this hot little pied cormorant. I’m not sure what is up with the white on the wings, I think that some feathers must be askew.
If you are patient enough, you can also see herons leaping across the stones at the top of the falls. You can get some awesome photos if you are quick enough. You have to be very observant as they can stay still for ages before they decide to move.
The herons also like hanging out at some rocks at the bottom of some steep steps. If you sit still they will get very close to you and fish in front of you. You can get a lot of photos of them doing a variety of everyday stuff. The ones here are less skittish then the ones I’ve seen elsewhere. This can also be useful if you are learning about photography and want to experiment with settings.
There are a lot of dragonflies here, and elsewhere, at the moment. Good luck trying to get a decent shot.
No idea what the below bug is. I’m working on getting various critters identified.
It has taken me a while to really like Buckley falls as a birdwatching place. It’s mostly because it requires more patience then other places. You have to wait in the one place for an hour or two and just watch the various birds as they move around. In the past, I wasn’t mature enough to do this. It didn’t help that I was struggling to leave the house. You can expect to see a lot of birds in a short period of time like you can at other environments.
I’m very keen to visit here a bit more often now 🙂