Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Monday, August 11, 2014

BERRINBA WETLANDS

We visited our local wetlands this morning with our U3A Camera Club. We were lucky that there was still some water in the lagoons as we are having a very dry winter. The garden is shrivelling up too.
I am not keen on bird photography as I am never happy with my shots but with the help of post processing I have found a few that are almost okay.
 There were many pelicans all sitting on a mud bank in the middle of the lagoon having a meeting.

 Three cormorants sitting on a branch surveying the lagoon. Unfortunately the middle guy was too close to the first one and their heads have merged.

 When photographing birds the background should not be too busy like this one.

 But I liked the colours in this one.

 These birds are Magpie Geese found in northern Australia.



Then I had a little play with this photo.

32 comments:

  1. Love your photo play I hope you get rain. Great shots. Hug B

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  2. As seen on your blog, the photos looked fine, but once embiggened, I can see the points you make. I like the pelican photo especially.

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  3. Think your photos are very nice! I hate to see what that Magpie Goose is sitting on.

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  4. be still my heart on the pelicans in the first photo. i love what the sun does to their bills... yours are like ours but different. all these birds are like ours but different..

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  5. I love these shots. Interesting to see birds also that we do not see around here. Well done t'other Diane

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  6. I love these images Diane, there's something very appealing about the colours and arty feel. The pelicans are fab..

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  7. The photos are lovely Diane.
    I also like the 'play' one.

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  8. oh, i loved this set!!! thanks for explaining those magpie geese! how odd and fascinating are they!

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  9. I like the last one a lot, with the ripples on the water and the contrast if tiny neck feathers against the background.

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  10. You captured some excellent reflections of the birds as well.

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  11. Love the lone Magpie goose on the tyre, the reflection is fab.

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  12. The pelicans the best photo. Fantastic!!!1

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  13. I agree birds are tricky. I haven't got the right lens at all. But you did a good job on these and I love the colour in them too. Pelicans always thrill me - we don't see them here except in collections.

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  14. Diane, your bird photography looks wonderful.. I love the pelican reflection.. I did not know there were Magpie Geese! You did great.. Have a happy week!

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  15. The pelicans top and btt are my favs

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  16. I like these and would be delighted with my efforts if they were my pictures (but as you know I'm just an amateur photographer and an amateur birder who is just happy to get a shot.) Pelicans are such clowns. They always make me smile.

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  17. I have to say that I found each of these photos to be much better than 'almost okay'. I would have been very happy to snap any one of them.

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  18. Thank you all for your encouragement.

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  19. I love the meeting of the pelicans .... serious business to be discussed. I just looked on Google and found that a group of Pelicans is called a squadron!!
    You've done well with your editing ... the last pic is gorgeous.

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  20. Nice trip ! I am not a bird photographer either, I have my cats !

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  21. I loved your photos Diane, those birds are all very interesting. Pelicans have always been a favorite of mine. I enjoyed your playtime in the last shot and was fascinated by the Magpie Geese. Great post of all the birds. I even enjoyed the one with your busy background.

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  22. Your little play paid off handsomely. I’m a sucker for bird photographs anyway.

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  23. Gorgeous bird photos, Diane. Photographing birds is not easy... I take about 10 shots for every ONE that I can use... ha

    I especially love the first one and last one with those reflections... Gorgeous.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  24. wow great pictures I absolutely love the pelicans

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  25. A great set of photos Diane, love the colours in the magpie geese photos, pelicans are a favourite of mine

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  26. Diane I really hope you'll keep checking out for the birds when out and about. You have picked up some great photos here; don't ever give up! We never have the option of having a bird being exactly where we need it when taking a snap, so it's always pot-luck. Sometimes the weather isn't in our favour when we see the bird either; too glary, no blue, bright reflections bouncing off the water etc. Main thing is to enjoy the moment, and the ongoing challenge. I love each of these!

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  28. what a lovely post, diane full of such delightful photos!!
    i really love the gorgeous colours and the composition.
    great shots...it's really hard to pick a fave.

    happy weekend~

    big hugs!

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  29. Beautiful photos. Hopefully you and the wetland are receiving some pleasant rain this weekend. We have had a tiny bit overnight with more forecast for today.

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  30. I think over the last 24 hours those wetlands and the inhabitants of the feathered variety will be having fun. Another 24 hours of this rain and we won't be able to control the rejuvenated gardens! Still who's complaining, eh?

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  31. Bird photography is difficult unless you have the long lenses, bit then often you can get good shots regardless. Thenpelicans ade interesting birds and the last shot was my favorite as well.

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