When the universe tugs at your lead…

I hadn’t intended to write a photography blog so soon after my debut yesterday. But sometimes the universe jerks your lead and you just have to go along with the tug.

I went to the beach this morning, my trusty camera in hand. It looked like a nice day and I hoped I might catch up with a few of my feathered friends. Some of them have become friends, although I’ll forgive you for not believing me. Some, I swear, love to have their picture taken and seek me out when I arrive.

Eagle with snake in its talons

Today the Brahmani Kite was out on the tidal flat at Tooan-tooan creek but he’d caught a sea snake for dinner and was soon off to a safer haunt, no doubt to a perch above the creek where he often goes.

So I wandered on, up the beach. In the distance a bird bathing in the shallows caught my eye so I went to see. It was another friend, one of the pair of ospreys, a largish sea eagle. I’d been hoping to catch up with it this morning but I hadn’t anticipated the treat I had in store.

Osprey bathing

He flapped around in the shallows just like any duck, getting the water through his feathers, preening between dousing.

Osprey Drying wings

When he’d had enough, he set about drying his wings, flapping them about while he stood in the water

The osprey leaps into the air

Then he was off. A mighty leap into the air with a massive down beat of those powerful wings

Osprey flying

He swept away, over the beach and around the bay to search for lunch, I guess.

I’m so lucky to see these things. Share by all means – but acknowledge my copyright.


About Greta van der Rol

I'm an author of fast-paced, action-adventure novels, mainly space opera - although I've been known to write in other genres. I live not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoy photography and cooking when I'm not bent over the computer. I have a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping me in my writing endeavours.

Posted on 2 April 2012, in Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I love seeing these pictures, Greta.
    My sister has taken up photograph in the last few years. She has many little yard friends (birds, squirrels, and the like) that come to visit with her. And she loves to go to the beach in the mornings and evenings just so she can see all the wildlife.
    I do believe you when you say you’ve made some friends… and I think its wonderful!
    I’m so glad you are sharing this with us.

  2. Aren’t digital cameras wonderful? You can just capture serendipity as you come upon it.
    My own camera gave up the ghost. While I miss it, Ijust haven’t been able to find time to go research and buy a new one.Seeing your beautiful photo blog has given me a kick in the you know what. Gotta go get a new one.

    • Oh man, if I had to buy film I couldn’t afford it. I toss so many shots into the bin, always hoping for a good one. This time, I scored lucky and got quite a few good shots. But even so, a site like Dreamstime won’t accept them, ‘cos the lighting isn’t perfect. Oh well.

  3. Absolutely gorgeous images. You’ve really captured the motion and majesty of these birds – action shots of avian subjects aren’t easy!

  4. Gorgeous photos Greta!

  5. Yes, please keep going to the beach and please keep sharing.

  6. M. A. McRae (Marj)

    Very, very nice. Timing and a good camera plus a touch of genius. Well done.

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