On Thursday, Glenn and I went to visit the Stormwater harvesting pond. We were on a macro photography adventure and I wanted to check on the young grebes. I thought that Glenn might want to try his luck at leaf curling spider or dragonfly photography.
These photos are rushed because Glenn was feeling anxious and I made the call to just go to the gardens, where we had a blast. Will definitely be returning here to get clearer photos of the chicks.
One of the first things I noticed though was this great egret in breeding plumage. Yes! It had some feathers on its beak. I was able to get some photos of it fluffing its feathers before going to join Glenn. Next season I will definitely emphasis photographing other birds.
As I’ve said, these photos are mediocre because I was in a rush. You can clearly see how its feathers and markings have changed as it matured.
I could only see three of the chicks. They are still being fed, although are considerably more independent.
One of the highlights about this time of year is getting photos of birds having a bath. They can look so much different! I’ll be creating a collection of photos later for these types of shots.
My next goal is to spend a couple of hours around the botanical gardens by myself, doing macro photography at my pace and also looking for birds. I did notice a blackbird nest hidden in a tree near where some bugs were hanging out. I’m also keen to find where the night herons are nesting, and whether you can still find bassian thrushes there. So many birds, so little time. And I’m crazy enough to be thinking about going back to uni 🙂