Amazing discovery – 4 winged duck!

I made an amazing discovery yesterday! Who would have guessed I’d make such a discovery and get a shot of it too? It’s true! I was at Birdsland Reserve yesterday morning, one of my favourite haunts for bird life and landscape views and I saw some ducks take off from the second lake. I’ve been trying to get some good BIF (bird in flight) shots of ducks for some time so this was the day! I had my camera and 500mm lens poised to take shots and panned as they flew up into the air and passed me. It wasn’t till I got home that I made my discovery of the 4-winged duck. See for yourself!

Excitement set in. I’d not seen or heard of one before and wondered if others had? I showed it to my husband (who also works at home) and we marvelled over this new discovery.  I began wondering who I should contact, how I should expose this exciting image?  I shared it on some Facebook groups I belong to and uploaded to my Flickr account. I shared it on my Instagram account for others to see. 

Of course, when I looked at the other images I took, just a couple of clicks later the truth came out below. Two Australian Black Pacific Ducks that were flying in unison as they left the lake and flew past me towards the other lake beyond. Photography – it’s all about timing and position. 

Sigh, my excitement of my new discovery was short-lived and here was the explanation after all.  Makes for a good story, though, doesn’t it? 😉

Birds in Motion

In the photography forums we talk about getting BIF images – Birds in Flight.  It’s a challenge to all those who enjoy ‘birding’ (bird photography) and I certainly fit into that category. It is one of the most challenging but satisfying goals I know.  Below are recent images taken at Birdsland Reserve over the past week.

Purple Swamp Hen taking off
Taking off

Pacific Black Duck coming in to land
Coming in for a landing

Eurasian Coot skipping across the water – love watching them do this
Skipping across water

Caught in flight

It’s not very sharp but I caught this by chance.  A New Holland Honeyeater flying up to a flower in the Grevillea at the back of our home.  Pity I wasn’t much closer but then you can’t have everything!  I count myself lucky I got the bird in flight (BIF)!

New Holland Honeyeater in flight