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Old Nov 5, 2007, 3:43 AM   #1
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Had a bit of much needed rain lately, so I went a bit further than normal for my walk to check out how the birds were enjoying the water at Jell's park.

Well they were, but it meant they did not want me getting too close.

The yellow tailed black cockatoos would not let me any closer befor they would fly off


The white faced herons kept hiding in the long grass




the eurasian coots would not swim closer


the pelican would not do a fly-over


and the darters (that is a local name for the anhingas) were doing what darters do....funny neck stretches




and drying out the diving gear


the ducks, geese, sulphur crested cockatoos, rosellas, lorikeets et al. all kept right aways as well. In fact the only ones who wanted to get close were the purple swamphens that attacked me coz I had inadvertently got too close to their young. I was so startled I did not end up getting a shot of them.....or at least not one in focus....LOL

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Old Nov 5, 2007, 9:12 AM   #2
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Nice selection of birds Raf.Looks like AF has missed slightly on the 2nd White Faced Heron shot, and locked onto the grass just in front(happens to me too ).Last shot has to be my favourite - classic pose and great detail and sharpness.

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Old Nov 5, 2007, 10:56 AM   #3
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love the vertical comp of the first one
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Old Nov 5, 2007, 2:49 PM   #4
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Thanks Mark and Donna...appreciate your feedback.
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Old Nov 5, 2007, 10:13 PM   #5
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Raf, a nice series. You did well in spite of. Send me some rain.
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Old Nov 6, 2007, 11:16 AM   #6
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Nice series Rafael. Usually when the birds here are nervous I can look around for a few minutes and find a hawk.

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Old Nov 6, 2007, 2:40 PM   #7
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lovely nature candids!
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Old Nov 6, 2007, 3:53 PM   #8
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Thanks Jerry, Don and Donna again....Appreciate your comments.


Jerry we are going to keep the rain, this is the 10th year of below average rainfall and many farmers are being driven off the land. In town we have been on water restrictions (no sprinklers, no car wahsing etc) for close on 2 years. This was why the recent rain made me get out and have a look at the changes it brought.
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Nice captures Rafael. The last one is my favorite.
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Nice shots Rafael, I like the pelican even if it wouldn't do a fly over.
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