Bird Watching

_DSC9145We are not really into bird watching or bird photography at all, but from time to time we do get the opportunity to take some photographs of birds. It’s not that we don’t like birds, we actually do, but we simply don’t find it very stimulating from a photography point of view – but that is purely a personal preference, there are many photographers that do love it, and many excel at it – we don’t πŸ™‚

However, that does not mean that we never have any fun with it, we actually enjoy it on the rare occasion that we do get round to it, and here are only some of the images that we have taken.

Award-winning image by Jaunine - Early morning shot of some ducks (in the foreground) at a nearby duckpond.

Award-winning image by Jaunine – Early morning shot of some ducks taken at a nearby duckpond.

_DSC2374Β The shot above and the next series of images were captured recently at Bird Island, situated at the harbour in Lamberts Bay, which is located on the west coast of South Africa.

A colony of Gannets squeezed together on the island - if you take a close look you will see one trying to land in the group!

A colony of Gannets squeezed together on the island – notice the one trying to land in the group!

A beautiful image of a couple taken by Jaunine.

A beautiful image of a gannet couple taken by Jaunine.

While Jaunine was taking beautiful shots of "couples" I was practicing shooting birds on flight.

While Jaunine was taking beautiful shots of “couples” I was practicing shooting birds in flight.

Not all images shot at Lamberts bay had birds as the centre of attraction, the next image is of a boat anchored just outside the harbour with birds flying around it at early morning.

More boat than bird !

More boat than bird !

Meanwhile, an argument broke out right behind me on the harbour wall :

Poor guy, still early morning and already in trouble!

Poor guy, still early morning and already in trouble!

Not far away from home is another bird sanctuary called Intaka Island which is very popular with bird-watchers and photographers alike, but during a quick visit one recent Saturday morning we did not have much luck finding gorgeous birds….

This fellow did not look keen on entering the water, maybe it was too windy :-)

This fellow did not look keen on entering the water, maybe it was too windy πŸ™‚

… but some of us looked the part!

Keen bird watchers - the only problem was that there was little to watch.

Keen bird watchers – the only problem was that there was little to watch.

The one advantage of not being seriously involved in bird (or wildlife) photography is that we save a considerable amount of money by not having to buy expensive telephoto lenses. Like Ian remarked while we were at Intaka Island after seeing some serious lenses being hauled around by some obviously serious photographers – “I feel intimidated by all these huge and clearly expensive lenses, and I’m not even a photographer or have a camera!”

Finally, a few more images :

A little Sunbird shot in the garden of friends.

A little Sunbird shot in the garden of friends.

A peacock shot by Jaunine early morning at the edge of a golf course.

A peacock shot by Jaunine early morning at the edge of a golf course.

A somewhat abstract image of a seagull on landing approach.

A somewhat abstract image of a seagull on landing approach.

Last but not least – no set of bird photo’s will be complete without at least one showing Jaunine chasing some unsuspecting seagull !

Jaunine chasing some birds :-)

Jaunine chasing some birds πŸ™‚

 

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  2. Jaunine
    February 26, 2013 at 19:27

    Okay… Message from the seagul-chasing chick…
    And probably the one who inspired the interpretation of the seagal giving lip…
    Nice blog, Dude!
    We might not take plenty of shots of birds, but often times when the mister gets quiet, he is watching the birds gliding effortlessly as if suspended on the wings of the wind. And it is exactly then that I confirm that he is actually listening to what I am saying… Must look exactly like that seagul at the giving end at that point in time!
    By the way, AF/On is working well for me. Thanks!

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