American Style

Nankeen Kestral by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Nankeen Kestrel with prey at Marwick’s Barn in York, Western Australia. Canon EOS 550d with Sigma 150-600mm f4-6.3 OS. Exposure: 1/1000 sec, f6.3 at ISO 320.

 

The other day I’d been up on Mount Brown (which is a grand name for a moderately sized hill) looking for interesting birds to photograph. The conditions were great, but the birds uncooperative so I gave up and started driving home. At the bottom of the hill I caught out of the corner of my eye a nankeen kestrel hunting on an empty block. It swooped down into the long grass and quickly took off again obviously holding something. So I did something I’d never thought that I’d do. I’ve just been really getting into this bird photography malarkey and have been watching YouTube videos for tips. Mostly British videos, but the occasional American one. I’d noticed that quite a few of the American ones had the photographers driving around looking for birds and photographing then from the car. Well I started to follow this bird in the car. It didn’t go far. It landed on the power lines outside of Marwick’s Barn obviously to catch its breath. It obviously decided that the power lines was no place to deal with the kicking and struggling mouse so it moved to the top of a nearby power pole. So I pulled up on to the dirt shoulder and hanging out of the driver’s side window I photographed madly.

 

Nankeen Kestral by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Nankeen Kestrel with prey at Marwick’s Barn in York, Western Australia.

There were no niceties, the kestrel didn’t even both to dispatch its prey before eating – it just pulled the mouse apart. I continued snapping frantically. When everything was finished the kestrel noticed the sound of the camera and gave me a hard stare. Rumbled! With a look of disdain it flew off.

 

Nankeen Kestral by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Nankeen Kestrel with prey at Marwick’s Barn in York, Western Australia.

 

 

Marwick's Shed by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Marwick’s Shed also called Marwick’s Barn. Constructed from 1876. Was used for transporting supplies to the goldfields prior to the completion of the Perth-Coolgardie railway line. Olympus OMD EM10 mk I with Olympus 17mm f2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/400, f8 at ISO 200.

 

 

Swanning Around*

Rainbow Lorikeet by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
The rainbow lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is a feral bird in Perth that commonly nests on the platforms at the base of palm fronds. Olympus Pen EP-5 with OLYMPUS M.45mm F1.8 lens. Exposure: 1/25 sec, f5.8 at ISO 200.

 

Warning this blog entry contains avian themes!

The other day I had to take the car into be serviced in Victoria Park near the Causeway. This meant I had time to kill so I decided to take a walk along the northern bank of the Swan River Foreshore. I hadn’t been along there for ages and there has been some recent redevelopment of the area so I decided to have a sticky beak. These are a few of the pictures I took as I wandered around.

 

Little Corellas by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Little Corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) Swan River foreshore, Perth, Western Australia. Olympus Pen EP-5 with OLYMPUS M.45mm F1.8 lens. Exposure: 1/800 sec, f4 at ISO 200.

 

 

Australian darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Australian darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) on the Swan River foreshore, Perth, Western Australia. Olympus Pen EP-5 with OLYMPUS M.45mm F1.8 lens. Exposure: 1/2000 sec, f4 at ISO 200.

 

Little Dove by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Little Dove. The Duyfken (Little Dove in English) replica moored at Elizabeth Quay on the Swan River, Perth, Western Australia. Olympus Pen EP-5 with OLYMPUS M.17mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/125 sec, f8 at ISO 200.

 

First Contact by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
First Contact , Elizabeth Quay in Perth, is a five metre tall artwork by Nyoongar artist Laurel Nannup. The work depicts the arrival of European settlers to Perth. As the European boats arrived, the local Nyoongar people believed that these ships, were their past ancestors returning from the sea. Olympus Pen EP5 with OLYMPUS M.17mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/400 sec, f8 at ISO 200.

 

Elizabeth Quay Bridge by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
The 20-metre high suspension bridge is an iconic architectural feature of Elizabeth Quay. The bridge forms part of the popular ‘bridges’ recreational route along the Swan River and provides a link between the promenades, the island and Barrack Street Jetty. Olympus Pen EP5 with OLYMPUS M.17mm F2.8 lens. Exposure: 1/500 sec, f8 at ISO 200.

 

*Swanning around and swanning about mean to move about aimlessly, irresponsibly and in a carefree manner. Related terms are swan around or about, swans around or about, swanned around or about. When the terms swanning around and swanning about first appeared in the late nineteenth century, they simply described the process of swimming like a swan. Today’s meaning of the term swanning about has its origins in World War II, interestingly. At that time, swanning around and swanning about described the movements of tanks in battle, in seemingly aimless maneuvers. The term made its way into mainstream English to mean anyone moving about in an irresponsibly carefree or aimless pattern. Swanning around and swanning about are primarily British terms, they are rarely seen in the United States.

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