Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 341 - Flesh-footed Shearwater

In the evenings on Lord Howe we would go and watch the sun set and have drink - a genuine sun-downer I suppose.

Most evenings there would be a few shearwaters or mutton-birds flying around.  Eventually I worked out that they were landing to enter their nest burrows in the dunes near to where we were sitting.

On one evening I sat near the edge of these dunes and took photographs of the Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes / Ardenna carneipes) flying around and landing.  Landing may be a bit of an exaggeration of the degree of control showed by the birds as the reached land - crashing may be a more accurate term.

The birds would often land rather near my feet and then run into the vegetation to calm down or hide!









I also took this as a chance to try out some new settings on the camera for birds in flight - more practice needed, and a shame about the background on one the shots (there were some erosion protection works being done).






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19 comments:

Margaret Adamson said...

Great to see these birds so close Stewart. Thanks for hosting and have a good week ahead.

Missy George said...

Looks like AutoCorrect had its way with you in the paragraph above the water birdshot....drives me crazy..Wonderfull pictures as always.. I remember some great flight shots in your posts. Practice, practice, practice.

Rhodesia said...

Interesting photos of a bird that I do not know. Hope all is well on the other side of the world. Cheers Diane

Ranten said...

A drink and a pair of Shearwater sounds like a good combination?!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari om
Wonderful... missed these when there. Out of season. Are the fish still being fed at Noddy's beach? YAM xx

Germán Ibarra Zorrilla said...

Un reportaje espectacular, me ha encantado. Tienes un nuevo seguidor, saludos desde España.

David Gascoigne said...

I cannot imagine much that could be more pleasant than to sit with a drink and watch the shearwaters come in like that Stewart. You leave a charmed life indeed.

Brian King said...

Beautiful photos and nice catch-light!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Fantastic bird photos Stewart. I haven't been taking many photos in awhile, so that's why I haven't been around. I got some nice Merganser photos this week, so I posted them to your site. :-)

Marie Smith said...

Great to see an unfamiliar bird. Thank you.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those flight shots are great....I would need to practice for hours and probably get younger eye-hand coordination skills . Pretty bird, the crash landing reminds me of our brown pelicans ... they just kind of belly flop into the water. I think of them as clowns.

italiafinlandia said...

Must be funny birds, indeed. Thanks for sharing with us.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

With such a great wingspan they must look like an airliner trying to land on a helicopter pad! Nice still and in-flight photos. I, too, have been practicing with flight shots. Really wasting lots of pixels on bad ones, but I am learning more about exposure settings. A big issue is that the birds can change backgrounds so quickly, from bright sky to dark foliage, too fast to adjust 'on the fly."

Chris Rohrer said...

These guys are tricky to capture on camera! Nice!

Linda W. said...

As someone who's learning how to capture birds in flight, I have a new appreciation for all you bird photographers!

Linda said...

They fly so prettily! Shame they land awkwardly. Kinda like me when I used to roller skate.

photodoug said...

Stewart, nice capture of the birds in flight. New settings appear to be working. Thanks for sharing.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Lovely to see and learn about a new to me bird.

carolinesnatuurfotografie said...

Hi Stewart. Nice photos. Flight photos are great. Greetings Caroline
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