Thursday 28 July 2011

Magnetic Skys - Part 2 (Friday Skies)

One of the most remarkable things about being on Magnetic Island was the number of birds of prey that we saw. More than any other place I’ve been they owned the sky. There was barely a sky that did not contain a hawk, kite, eagle or osprey. They fought in the sky, they called to each other and at times they seemed to be flying just for the fun of it.

The weather was generally very settled – and over night near the end of the week the sky turned from clear blue to flat grey. But as I was watching a Sea Eagle I noticed a hole in the cloud open up. It promised better weather. But it lied! The sky darkened and few small drops of rain fell.

On a beach ringed with orange rocks we waited for the storm, but that did not come either. So we just watched the birds. We watched until the unthinkable happened and we had had our fill of hawks, kites, eagles and ospreys and we knew it was time to pack up and go back to the house

If you know of anything better to do than sit under a falling sky, surrounded by your family, watching hawks to whatever they please then please let me know, for it must be very special.

You can find more images of the sky here at Skywatch Friday.

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  1. It must be magnificent to be with the family on a beach surrounded by orange rocks, watching this flight of birds in the blue sky.
    Great photos!

  2. No, I can't think of anything better than "to watch a hawk makin' lazy circles in the sky" (to quote from the musical "Oklahoma!").


    When planets plummet
    And comets careen,
    It’s the strangest sight
    You ever have seen.

    When drunk stars stagger
    And comets collide,
    It’s time to look up
    As you go outside

    To stare at the sky
    Where the strangest sight
    Is the moon-faced thing
    That you see at night.

    © 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

    Night Sky

  3. shot # 2 is my favourite
    how lucky were you to get settled skies on a QLD isle in July!

  4. What superb captures, Stewart! I love them! The birds are so lovely! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


  5. Ah- just wonderful! The photos and the watching with the family...

  6. The perfect skyhole in your last pic!

  7. Yes I can see you are from a much larger town ha ha lol. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. What an unusual and lovely shot of the clouds. And, such fun to just sit and watch the birds soar through the air. Nice job. Mickie :)

  9. I can't think of anything more enjoyable to do than to watch them flying around in the sky! How fun for you .. not sure I would like all the fighting, but part of nature!

  10. hm, let me, can´t come up with anything better. Great shots.

  11. How cool, it must have been an awesome time watching all the hawks. Wonderful photos. Happy skywatching!