Recently we had a few days in Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. The opportunity to experience a 10ºC drop in temperature was too good to miss. I wanted to go and visit an Eastern Osprey nest that I’ve visited before. When I got there it was obvious that the nest had not been used for a while. This can happen for a number of reasons – the obvious is that the birds got old and died. But there maybe other reasons such as too much competition for food resources caused them to relocate. Also the tree that they’d built the nest in was no longer the best vantage point, other trees had grown around it obscuring the view. Who knows why they up and went but it does illustrate the fact that where wildlife is concerned nothing is guaranteed.
We headed out to a new location – a bird hide out at Rushy Point. Nice location but nothing was happening. Things were beginning to get a bit desperate. As we drove around there were all these road hazard signs warning about wildlife and yet we were’t seeing anything. By the last day I was feeling decidedly jacked off. It was a grotty day weather wise – windy with intermittent rain.
Come the afternoon we were sitting around killing time and I just wanted to get out and have a walk. Despite the weather I headed off to Lake Seppings just to walk around it as something to do. Out of habit I picked up my camera and took it with me. When I got out of the car I received a very enthusiastic welcome from a lady in the carpark wanting to know if I was there to photography the blue billed ducks. I said I would photograph anything that showed up and stood still long enough. I set out with very little expectation of finding anything worth pointing the camera when almost immediately I saw some blue ducks. I always have a feeling of anxiety when I go out to photograph, a fear of not finding anything. Getting the first image under my belt and breaking the duck (sorry about the pun) helps me relax and enjoy myself. I knew the shots wouldn’t be any great shakes, it was just important to get the process underway.Two hours I got back to the car, wet but happy that I’d seen some wildlife and managed to photograph it.
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